Help in Finding Business Funding and Support in Cumbria

Accessibility links

GDPR Notification: We use cookies on this website - please read our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you consent.

Ok, I understand! Read Our Privacy Policy
Telephone Phone 01768 867 118       Email Mail


About Enterprise Answers 

Enterprise Answers provides loans and support to businesses that are unable to raise the finance they require from High Street banks.  Since making our first loan in 2005, we have assisted businesses across Cumbria, County Durham, Northumbria and North Lancashire with finance in excess of £12,000,000 and safeguarded or created over 1,000 jobs.

We believe it is important to fill the funding gap for those businesses and entrepreneurs who are unable to draw on the main sources of finance for one reason or another.  If no one is prepared to take a risk with those businesses who present a marginal proposition to banks or who may lack the security required, then we lose the potential and diversity that creative and talented individuals and businesses bring to the region.

Enterprise Answers is Cumbria’s only Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and the only rural CDFI in the north of England. We are a sustainable, independent organisation providing financial services across the region with the aim of creating social improvement and business development returns.

Enterprise Answers is the trading name of Cumbria Community Asset & Reinvestment Trust Limited, registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, number 29830R and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, reference number 722385.

Cumbria Community Asset & Reinvestment Trust Limited is a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise, controlled by its members. If you would like further information about becoming a member please contact us on 01768 867118 or email

Enterprise Answers adheres to the Code of Practice laid down by our industry body the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA). We endeavour at all times to comply with this code, to be fair and transparent in all our dealings with customers and to handle complaints honestly and efficiently. A copy of the Code of Practice is available upon request.

If you have a complaint, in the first instance you should contact Enterprise Answers on 01768 867118 or email us at .

  • 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.
Latest News
Latest Twitter

  bbb.jpg        investeden.jpgedc.jpg