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Where to find business support organisations who help start-ups.

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Businesses in Cumbria are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

We have been helping start-ups in Cumbria since 2005.
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We are happy to promote anyone who is prepared to offer friendly support to local start-ups.

Our local partners have been kind enough to help us and are keen to help you too.

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If you would like some free friendly advice from a trusted local partner, please complete the form.

There will not be any pressure nor will you be under any obligation to buy paid services.

Alternatively you can contact Andy Pringle at and he can help guide you with more information or suggest the best person to contact.

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Cumbria Business Advisors

Prowess- Women in Business
Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish. Be inspired Prowess is full of stories and shared experiences from women who’ve made their own way in business. Everyone has a story to tell. And women who are thinking of starting a business – and those looking to grow – say there aren’t enough stories of real women in business out there. In our recent survey 43% said they wanted to read more experiences and case studies from ‘real’ women in business! Read them here, or submit your own here.
Are you interested in setting up a business but not sure if it’s for you? You’re not alone. Our popular Startup Club has helped dozens of people like you to get to grips with the basics of business. Spaces are limited - reserve yours today.
Freelance Heroes
The Freelance Heroes portal is the best place for UK freelancers and small business owners to be seen and get the support they need. Whether you’re starting out, settling in to or scaling up your freelance business, navigating the changing marketplace can be challenging. That’s why on top of essential practical support, our community provides the moral support to help you go it alone without feeling alone. We like to think of our members as virtual business sidekicks; always there, when you need them. Free membership includes: fortnightly emails with tips and news; the right to access advice and support through our 10,000 strong community of freelancers; invites to our community events.
Cumbria LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership provides a strategic lead in all activities contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the countys economy and where appropriate takes positive action, using the skills, capabilities and networks of the LEP partners. Its aim is to develop Cumbrias economy while maintaining its uniqueness in terms of landscape, culture and quality of life. The partnership is about much more than allocation of funding and supporting applications for the Regional Growth Fund. It wants to create new working practices, making the most of opportunities to support private sector led investment and initiatives.
Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency
We help both new and existing businesses in the Eden and South Lakeland districts of Cumbria. We also support farmers and rural businesses producing distinctive, Cumbrian products throughout the county.
Ways into Successful Enterprise
he Ways into Successful Enterprise (WiSE) project provides a free and confidential service to help people become self employed, start or grow their own business, develop their skills, and access mainstream business support and training. Other routes into economic activity can be explored. WiSE comprises Enterprise Coaches covering the whole of West Cumbria, providing guidance and support to people who want to explore ideas either individually or in groups. The project is generally based in local community centres or market halls, focussing support for new businesses in the various towns. WiSE also works with other agencies, referring clients as appropriate for grants, training or expert advice. Occasionally individuals have opted for voluntary work or training in order to build their skills before joining or rejoining the job market. WISE can also assist established businesses with information on a range of topics e.g. training, networks, finance, and apprenticeships.