Trade Finance and Insurance Solutions

Business Start-Up Support


Our offering has never been as good and we’re constantly developing our programme of support to match our client needs and offer a flexible service.

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s some feedback from recent events and three day courses.

Testimonials from 3 day courses:

“I just wanted to say that I found all 3 days incredibly valuable.  The format was excellent, the people delivering the content were great to spend time with and provided a really engaging 3 days.  I passed my thanks onto them during the course, but just thought you would like to know also that the format, content and style was spot on.”

“Tony is amazing – approachable, a wealth of knowledge, friendly, personable and gives the best, honest advice. The whole course is invaluable and I really enjoyed it thank you!”

“All three days were really useful, very informative, delivered in a relaxed way and they were all great at answering and offering advice to any questions I had. I learnt lots and feel much better prepared now to starting up on my own.”

“I found the day very informative, especially the social media session, the presenter was clearly well prepared and gave a lot of practical advice that could easily be tried out and put into practice straight away”

I worked with my business adviser Deborah Clark for a good few months and from the bottom of my heart I can say that if not for Deborah’s advice and support I would not be where I am today. Running your own business is tough but with help I received from my business adviser and attending the three day business course through Cumbria Chamber of Commerce everything has been made so much easier!

Dorota Sylwestrzak, Poppy & Rose

“It was a wonderful course, I am privileged to have learned from the expertise of the presenters.”

“Thank you for hosting an excellent bite-sized training course and a very enjoyable networking lunch. – I learned some new tricks today and gained some interesting contacts”

“Glad I came as before my business knowledge was very limited, I feel much more confident with starting my business”

“I started my business at the end of August this year. I have a bespoke mobile prosecco bar in a piaggio ape van. I had the idea about the business and started to do some market research that’s when I found out about the Chamber. My adviser helped me with everything from writing my business plan to marketing ideas, how to capture emails to the promotion of my business. To be honest I don’t think the business would be as far on as it as this moment had I not been introduced to the Chamber”

Janice Watson, Prosecco Alfresco

“I came to the BSUS scheme through the New Enterprise Allowance (via the Dept. of Work and Pensions) and immediately felt supported and encouraged as I started my own graphic design and artwork business. I was given expert mentoring and access to invaluable knowledge on a whole range of topics from accounts to marketing; the stuff ‘other people’ had always done when I was working, it was great to have so much explained and demystified. The staff at the CoC couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly and the access they have to such a wide field of expertise is such a benefit. I had thought of going out on my own for years and even had a couple of false starts – I wish I’d found out about this sooner!”

Graeme Wilson

Having spent two sessions … and it did take two so thanks Lesley… with Paul Teague, I have arrived at home, switched on my pc to check the work we have done… and it all works! Brilliant.
I am delighted with his support. He has taken my non internet presence to the completion of an operating shop… perfect. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Many thanks to you both for making this happen.
Paul… you are a genius!
Best wishes
Mike March

Mike March, Pilgrim Photography

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Contact us today for help and advice on starting or growing your business.

Tel: 0844 257 8450


  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Cumbria
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • Borough of Barrow-In-Furness
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Eden District Council
  • Coastal Communities Fund