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Businesses are benefiting from £1,500 subsidy

Many businesses throughout Cumbria have benefited from a Growth Hub subsidy of up to £1,500 towards consultancy support, helping with business growth and competitiveness.

Eligible businesses can use the subsidy towards:

  • Marketing advice, strategy and implementation
  • Social media planning and implementation
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Public relations consultancy
  • Website design and development
  • Human resource support
  • Management development
  • Financial planning and management
  • Gaining quality and other accreditations
  • And more.

Local businesses can access a 40% subsidy of up to £1,500 (where the minimum project spend is £2,500). Growth Hub advisers are also there to help businesses put together a brief and select an appropriate consultant. They’re also there to advise on how to manage the project.

To find out more and to see if your business is eligible, please contact the Growth Hub now on

*ERDF eligibility criteria applies. Please get in touch even if you think you’re not eligible as criteria has changed. If you’re not eligible, there may be other support available to you.

Growth Hub help elsewhere

Cumbria Business Growth Hub recently helped secure £818,000 in 100% grants for nearly 300 business through Small Business Recovery and Kickstart Tourism schemes. These are used to help businesses survive by specialist advice and purchases of equipment to modify and deliver services in line with Covid restrictions.

This was part of the support for businesses affected by Covid, with funding made available from the European Regional Development Fund. Grants were between £1,000 to £5,000 with the majority capped at £3,000 unless in an exceptional case.

** Additional support and free Chamber membership is available for Allerdale businesses, thanks to funding from Allerdale Borough Council.

Two types of support packages are available with them being focused primarily on those in the visitor economy, retail and personal services businesses (such as hairdressing and fitness) – because these sectors have been identified by the council as most severely affected over the longest timescale by the pandemic.