Start Your Own Business in Cumbria

Starting a business in Cumbria
Starting a business in Cumbria

If you are thinking about starting a business in Cumbria or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Cumbria contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Our most popular LOCAL subjects are: Business Advice & Support, Where to Find Grants, Funding for Your Business, Local Networking Groups.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Cumbria since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable 'Start Your Own Business' guide.

How to Succeed

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them!

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map
Free start-up pack
One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.

FREE Start-Up Pack

Free start-up pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

This free 150 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE 'Start & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Cumbria

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Overview - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Advice - where to find help and support
  3. Business planning - are you ready?
  4. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  5. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  6. Premises - work from home or premises?
  7. Finance & funding - your funding options
  8. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  9. Business networking - tips and local groups
  10. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  11. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  12. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  13. Common mistakes - and how to avoid them
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

You can download the whole of this 150 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.

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Start-Up Services

We are keen to see you succeed and can recommend the following...

Business Plan
If you have already prepared a business plan, but feel it needs a professional 'eye' to look over it before presenting it to a bank or investor, or you’re worried that it simply isn’t up to scratch, then we can help.
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Mentoring
A professional business mentor is an invaluable resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so stick with one and they will help you to grow from a start-up to an established business.
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Peter Gow
Discover how you can earn a lifelong income by helping people get an all together better deal on their Gas, Electricity, Landline, Broadband and Mobile services. People like you have changed their lives!
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Start-Up Loan
We have partnered with Transmit Start-Ups to deliver the Start Up Loans scheme to UK entrepreneurs. This is a government backed scheme, providing repayable loans and mentoring to individuals in the UK with a viable business idea but no access to finance.
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Cumbria Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Cumbria area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

We prepare Accounts/Self Assessment Return & specialise in Sole Traders, Partnerships, Income from Property, Tax Enquiries – We are here to help! Established in 1997 and with over 36 years combined experience, Graham R Turner accountancy and taxation services specialise in Sole Traders and Partnerships. We bring a depth of experience and knowledge when it comes to managing your self assessment, tax returns and accounts preparation as well as getting prepared for implementation of ‘Maxing tax digital’ (MTD) which starts in April 2021, we are ready, are you? If you are considering being self-employed or are currently self employed as a sole trader or partnership looking for a bespoke service in and around the Carlisle area or in the Tyne Valley, Northumberland or North Tyneside. We can arrange to come to you at work, home or a convenient location to discuss your individual requirements in more detail.
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Cost-effective, smart solutions to make your business stand out without breaking the bank! I have a passion for designing websites that work as an excellent “shop window” for your business, that deliver smart and stylish solutions, but that do so in a cost-effective and functional way. I offer you joined up thinking and solutions across different marketing services under one roof, whether this is web design, brand, digital or print marketing, assistance with social media or a mix of these elements. I work with you to give you the right results and to work as part of your “toolbox” throughout the project, and for as long as you need support and services. I love doing this because I learnt through the years of developing sales and marketing teams and business strategies that websites need to be an integral part of what you do, and not an expensive ornament that just look smart. If you would like to work with someone who has “been there and got the t-shirt” on marketing and finding cost-effective solutions to raise the profile of a business do get in touch. I would love to chat.
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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.
Our Aim is to be innovative, committed and financially strong business organisation for cumbria, seeking opportunities to support and represent business whatever their size and sector. Address: 3rd Floor Broadacre House, 16-20 Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8DA
FSB Lancashire & Cumbria is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Paul Foster Development Manager paul.foster@fsb.org.uk
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.
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