Business start-up

Business Start Up

Business Support & Networking Programme

Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership (CSEP) was formed in 2003 and is made up of representatives from Social Enterprises and other organisations involved in the Social Enterprise sector in Cumbria. With support from Cumbria County Council and via a consortium of business advisers led by Cybermoor Services Ltd it provides a free to access Business Support & Networking Programme for new start-ups and existing Social Enterprises seeking support.  The programme will deliver:

  • business start-up (including intensive support to new social enterprises formed to take over the delivery of services which are currently provided by Cumbria County Council)
  • business support
  • networking and collaboration both with Cumbria County Council and the within the Social Enterprise sector
  • information sharing
  • increased business opportunities
  • learning and development opportunities
  • joint promotional activities
  • other relevant activities

Applicants seeking support should in the first instance contact Sue Gilbertson (  for an initial discussion and to request an application form. Applications will then be considered and if successful an appropriate adviser will be assigned to the applicant. Successful applicants can receive a minimum of 12 hours of free professional support.