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Business Support

At Enterprise Answers we put relationship management at the core of our engagement with clients as we want them to be successful in their business venture. Whilst we may be able to provide the financial solutions for businesses, we cannot provide all the other aspects of support a business may require on its journey.

That's where we engage with a number of providers across our area to ensure our clients have access to the services and support they may require at various stages of their growth and development. Listed below are a number of organisations we engage or partner with who have the appropriate skills, experience and resources to assist businesses and help stimulate the local economy.

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Cumbria Business Growth Hub provides a huge database of resources and support available to your business. Registering with the web portal is free and enables you to keep up to date with all changes and opportunities that may become available to your business from time to time. It also enables you to source and engage with other registered individuals and professionals which may provide you with valuable guidance, assistance and networking opportunities.



Cumbria Tourism plays a valuable role is supporting the county's tourism industry, reportedly worth an estimated £2.4bn to the local economy in 2015. With Cumbria being probably the UK's number one tourist destination this organisation has a valuable role to play not just in supporting its members with a valuable membership service and associated benefits, but equally importantly, in promoting the county as a great holiday destination both at home and abroad. If you're business is involved in the tourism sector then we suggest you engage with Cumbria Tourism to explore the opportunities to raise and maintain the profile of your business to the millions of tourist who visit Cumbria every year.


Invest in Eden represents the economic objectives and ambitions of Eden District Council in promoting the area as a great place to start, grow, expand or even relocate your business from another part of the UK, or even from overseas. Invest In Eden offers a diverse range of support from introductions to key influencers, searching for suitable premises or land, access to finance which includes the Eden Business Support Fund, procurement, apprenticeship schemes and more. Eden is located on the eastern side of Cumbria, embraced with outstanding natural beauty yet has probably the best transport access in the county with Penrith ideally located for access to the M6 corridor, the A66 trans pennine route and the West Coast rail line, with Carlisle airport, once it is up and running, approximately 30 minutes away.



Invest in South Lakeland represents the economic objectives and ambitions of South Lakeland District Council in promoting the area as a great place to start, grow, expand or even relocate your business from another part of the UK, or even from overseas. Invest In South Lakeland offers a diverse range of support from introductions to key influencers, availability of business premises or land, access to finance, procurement, apprenticeship schemes and more. South Lakeland is located on the south eastern side and central Cumbria which is home to many of the tourist 'honeypot' destinations such as Grasmere, Windermere, Ambleside and Hawkshead all embedded within the Lake District National Park. With easy access to the M6 motorway, junction 36 is often seen as 'The Gateway to the Lakes' and could be a great location for your business.



The leader project is specifically designed to inject grant funding into projects which will create new sustainable employment with a strong focus on rural areas. Given the demographics of Cumbria and County Durham, this grant initiative will appeal to a wide and diverse range of businesses across the region. If you have a business or initiative which would benefit from grant funding from Leader, are able to create jobs and meet with the required eligibility criteria, then follow one of the links below (depending on where your business or project will be located) for further details;


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Business Durham is the economic arm of Durham County Council and provides a diverse range of support to businesses across County Durham ranging from business premises to details of grant availability. Business Durham houses a very knowledgeable and supportive team who work with a collective ambition to make County Durham the place to do business. Whether you are already based in the county or looking to relocate an existing business to the area, Business Durham should be your first destination to find out the range of options available to help you start, grow and develop your business.


 The British Business Bank's aim is to make finance markets work better for small businesses in the UK at all stages of their development: starting up, scaling up and staying ahead.

 Their key objectives are;

  • To increase the supply of finance available to smaller businesses where markets don’t work well.
  • To create a more diverse and vibrant finance market for smaller businesses, with a greater choice of options and providers.
  • To build confidence in the market by increasing smaller businesses’ understanding of the options available to them.
  • To achieve this whilst managing taxpayer resources efficiently and within a robust risk management framework.

The British Business Bank is 100% Government owned, but independently managed. It brings expertise and Government money to the smaller business finance markets. They don’t lend or invest directly. Instead they work with over 80 partners such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms.

Businesses apply for finance through their partners, and because they work with them they can lend and invest more, especially to younger and faster growing companies.

In total they work through more than 90 finance partners in the market, and help to unlock up to £10 billion of new finance and bring greater choice and information on finance options to smaller businesses.

Their programmes are designed to bring benefits to smaller businesses that are start-ups, high growth, or simply viable but underfunded. They have a commercial arm, British Business Bank Investments Ltd, which makes investments into providers of finance to smaller business in the UK.



Financial Insights helps businesses of all sizes to make robust, informed decisions that deliver greater value, efficiency and growth. They embed their commercial finance, modelling and analytical expertise to reduce risk and transform gut instinct into data-driven insights through:

  • Dynamic forecasts, business models and options appraisals
  • Flexible spreadsheet tools for SMEs, start-ups and funding applications
  • Robust business cases and business plans
  • Finance Business Partner resource to alleviate workload peaks
  • Model design, build, repair, peer review and testing
  • Good practice guidance to strengthen in-house capability
  • Commercially-minded support to procurements, bids, negotiations and contracting

They deliver flexible, cost-effective support, either on an ad-hoc or regular basis, and can act as a finance business partner and sounding board for your plans and ideas, helping you to make sound, confident and lower risk decisions.





  • Do you have a business plan?
  • Are you looking for finance up to £100,000 ?
  • Is your business based in Cumbria, Northumbria, Country Durham or North Lancashire?
  • Please complete our enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you.
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