Working with Local Authorities
The Growth Hub is working with local authorities across Cumbria to boost economic activity in their areas.
Each local authority has the opportunity to influence how the Growth Hub targets the support they provide, while also ensuring support is available to eligible businesses more widely.
Working directly with local authorities enables us to effectively target activities to support their growth priorities.
In Barrow funding comes from the Coastal Communities Fund, under the auspices of the Furness Economic Development Forum, with a particular focus on supply chain.
Allerdale is drawing on funding from Sellafield Ltd, through their Social Impact Investment Fund, to address inequalities and support local growth and competitiveness, entrepreneurship and diversification.
In Eden the focus is on helping to support the development of more high-value, higher wage jobs and backing the food sector, supporting its Food Enterprise Zone.
South Lakeland is keen to support the hospitality sector and agriculture, as well as its vibrant manufacturing sector.
Carlisle’s focus includes working to reap the benefits flowing from the award of Enterprise Zone status to Kingmoor Park in 2016.
Some funding is matched into the ERDF BSUS and Growth Hub projects, effectively doubling the impact local authorities can achieve by working directly with Cumbria Chamber of Commerce. and Most have set aside other funding to support businesses in sectors not eligible for ERDF support – such as the nuclear supply chain, hospitality, agriculture and retail.