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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.


The Family Business Network is a valuable connection for family businesses looking for a safe environment to learn from each other, find relevant news, events and access innovative additional support when needed. Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014 the network originally started via support from the Cumbria Growth Hub. The network has since developed and as of June 2016 the network became its own company, so Sue could continue her role as Family Business Ambassador and be the voice for family businesses across the region. Through Sue’s award winning work in Cumbria, The Family Business Network has now evolved to include Lancashire, Yorkshire and surrounding areas. They, like us, love signposting family businesses to relevant assistance, advice, or investment channels but equally thrive on their family business orientated events. Their Insight days, workshops and flagship Family Business Conference  are all designed with family businesses’ needs at their heart. They also work in collaborative partnerships with family business specialists and other national family business associations and networks.


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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.



J F Hornby & Co have long been recognised as ‘More than just Accountants’ and the launch of Hornby Corporate Solutions allows them to deliver an ever-wider range of services to the Business Community.  They are here to provide your business with a single point of contact from which you can access a unique range of services previously unseen in Cumbria.  They can help you raise Commercial Finance from a wide variety of funders, provide sound advice when your business needs it, and help you access a range of solutions that will help you improve your business profits.

The business is headed up by Managing Director Karina Gallagher: With 30 years’ experience in the banking sector, Karina is well versed commercially, extremely attentive and uber friendly. A former Senior Business and Commercial Relationship Manager for two high street Banks, she has experience of raising multi-million-pound funding and an enviable customer satisfaction record. Karina is passionate about the local area and has established many key contacts to ensure she provides a first-class service to clients.




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;



Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Their purpose is to help Lancashire’s businesses grow. Boost is a £7.8m Growth Hub backed by the ERDF, led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council.

Through Boost, Lancashire businesses from start-ups to large companies can get access to a number of funded programmes in areas such as mentoring, product development, leadership development, and accessing finance.

They can also help businesses navigate the plethora of national business support programmes to find the support they need.

The Growth Hub also has a dedicated private sector network called Boost and Co, which includes some of the region’s best known private sector growth business support providers such as accountants, law firms and banks.

They appreciate that business support is wide ranging and businesses may need much more than the funded growth services available through Boost. That’s why they have created Boost Bespoke. This is a tailored service led by Lancashire’s County Council’s Economic Development team which works with businesses to tackle specific matters such as skills, relocation and property.

Founded in 2013, Boost has already helped over 2,400 business grow, creating over 1,200 jobs.


The Growth Hub is delivered by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP). The LEP works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper, to deliver more and better jobs for everyone.

The Hub is a cruicial part of the LEP's Business Growth strategy. Business growth and access to finance are key drivers for more and better jobs. They are necessities in addressing market failures to support stronger indigenous businesses to drive up GVA and employment. The North East LEP's Business Growth Programme provides the framework for an investment of over £200m in access to finance and business support over six years. This investment will increase profitability, wages and employment across the local economy.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership area covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.


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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.



Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce's principle aim is to help make Lancaster district's businesses become more profitable and through partnerships create an environment where businesses can grow and prosper. It does this by offering member organisations a range of services to help them grow and save money.

Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce is a strong, professional and unified voice that campaigns on behalf of its members and the District. Whether it is on local, regional or national issues that affect the District, or industry-specific issues, Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce is a great voice for your business.

With trade they can help your business grow every step of the way, including International Trade with links to other chambers and international chamber and trade organisations.

Additionally, if you are looking for help with start-up advice, marketing, access to funding, advice on employing staff or even developing a Business Plan, Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start.


The Business Support Helpline is a national service for all businesses or aspiring business owners in England.
Here their impartial expert Advisers can answer your business questions to support you and your business, whether you're starting up or already a small business based in England. 
Their page will be manned weekdays between 8am-6pm so you can ask them your small business questions directly....
You can also talk to their expert advisers by phone (0300 456 3565) or online via web chat
You can also connect with them on Twitter or visit their You Tube channel for business related videos.








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