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Welcome – Business Support Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the first edition of our monthly business support newsletter.

With so much business support on offer it can be difficult to know where to start and who can offer what support. The real key is that you know who to ask and where to look.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub can link you into the wide and varied range of support on offer, regardless of who delivers it, provides a single go to point for information through our website and keeps you informed of new support as and when it becomes available.

This newsletter doesn’t just focus on Chamber related activity but will include in each edition details of other business support, funding and grant schemes, useful resources for businesses and much more.

It does however seem timely to remind you of what Cumbria Business Growth Hub can actually do to support your business.

We can help established businesses looking to develop, improve productivity and grow – including if you’re looking to export or join peer networks, for example. And if you’re just starting out and looking into self-employment, ready to start or a young business in the early years of trading we can help too.

With a team of close to 40 business advisers (each edition will feature a ‘Meet the advisers’ section) you’re in the hands of knowledgeable and experienced business owners with varied industry backgrounds. They can help you review your opportunities, challenges and needs and provide 1-2-1 advice and coaching across the range of topics. We have a great, diverse range of free workshops to help upskill yourself or your employees and a subsidy for specialist consultancy support. The Growth Hub website contains a whole host of information, toolkits, case studies all to help your business.

Continuing to offer support to those businesses most severely affected by Covid such as retail, tourism, personal services we’ve partnered with Allerdale Borough Council to offer businesses in the Allerdale postcode area free workshop and 1-2-1 support or free/part funded Chamber membership – more details in next month’s issue.

If you haven’t already engaged with the Growth Hub I’d urge you to get in touch – similarly if you did some years ago but haven’t worked with us since. If we can’t support we can sign post to organisations who can – what’s the harm in asking? You’ll be surprised at the number of ways we can help!

Please feel free to share this newsletter with your business contacts. Between us let’s get the business support offering to as many Cumbrian based businesses as we can!
Call 0844 257 84 50 or email to find out more.

Lesley Robinson
Business Support Manager