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Access to finance/raising finance service procurement

Background and aims

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has for over the last ten years ran business support activity through Cumbria Business Growth Hub.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub now has a need to strengthen its existing offering by adding an Access to Finance offer to our current suite of activities. We are looking to offer bespoke, flexible and tailored support, signposting to products and providers which will unlock business growth.

Support will be offered to established businesses as well as start-ups through Cumbria Business Growth Hub and our Business Start-Up Support programme.

We’re looking for someone who can deliver an experienced and knowledgeable Access to Finance service including:

  • 1-2-1 support to assess financial position and funding requirements
  • 1-2-1 support to develop business plan and financial forecasts
  • 1-2-1 support to become investment ready including developing the investment proposition
  • 1-2-1 support to identify the most relevant sources of funding and assisting in discussions with potential investors
  • Financial planning and help to navigate the latest funding channels
  • Pitch & presentation development for investment opportunities including an initial elevator pitch
  • Signposting and introductions including micro fund, start-up loan, bank funding, large debt financing, grant funding, R&D and equity finance
  • Support in engaging with finance providers and providing relevant information through Cumbria Business Growth Hub channel

Full details on how to apply can be found here.

Instructions for submission

Submissions should be sent by email to Lesley Robinson marked ‘Confidential – Tender Enclosed’ to reach us by no later than 9am on Friday 22nd April.

Project Funding

Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Business Start-Up Support are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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