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Who We Work With

Enterprise Answers works closely with numerous organisations throughout the region to ensure that businesses have easy access to a full range of support services wherever they are based.

Partners

British Business Bank

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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.

The British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. 

The Business Hub

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Working across Cumbria, The Business Hub offers free and impartial support to SMEs to find the best advice, funding or events to turn your growth aspirations into a reality. As part of the national Growth Hub network, they work with you to identify business issues and opportunities for growth and signpost businesses to appropriate sources of support.

They make it their job to understand the breadth of support available, saving you time and giving you the freedom to focus on running your business.

The Family Business Network

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The Family Business Network is a trusted community for collaboration and learning.

They connect the family business community to provide a voice, a sense of belonging and an environment for learning and development.

They create unique and valuable peer to peer contact and opportunities for generations of families in business to share their experiences and insight.

They develop research, publish key news and provide a platform for great story telling about the history, journey and challenges family businesses go through. They have next generation groups, start-up innovators, sector pioneers and sage advice from families past and present on succession planning and other key topics to help families gain a sustainable future.
The Network also nurtures and encourages collaborations and helps source the right people to work in and across their family business community.

A programme of online and face to face events includes family case studies, topical debates, exclusive insight events, conferences, regional awards, development boards and peer group sessions.

The additional services for family businesses they provide includes PR and Media distribution, Video production, the recruitment of senior hires and NED roles, HR consultancy, as well as advisory support for development of businesses and individuals.
Established in 2014, under the leadership of Co-Directors Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson together with their extended team, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses, influencers and partners that support the sector.

They are not a membership model but do have a subscription channel for additional content and family business interviews which their network really values.

Responsible Finance

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Responsible Finance is the voice of the responsible finance industry.

They support a strong network of responsible finance providers who are increasing access to fair finance across the UK. At the heart is the idea of bringing social and economic benefits to people, places and businesses.

Their members provide finance to customers not supported by other lenders. They offer a supportive service and treat people fairly. They are professional social enterprises that re-invest profits to help more people and businesses access finance.

Thomas Jardine and Co

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Thomas Jardine and Co specialise in family operated businesses, food & drink entrepreneurs and business growth stages. It’s within their heritage and passion to help support you and your business to flourish.

They are a fifth generation family business and definitely in it for the long term. They are not about business size, but simply about solutions and profile raising for family operated businesses and those awesome entrepreneurs who want to flourish.

They love this sector so much they bought a building, renovated it and launched The Guild https://www.theguild-carlisle.co.uk/ creating a home to their award winning co-working space as well as a new base for the award winning coffee roastery and artisan donut maker, Bruce and Luke’s Coffee & Donuts.

Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce

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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.

Invest in Eden

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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.

Allerdale Borough Council

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There’s little which isn’t made in Allerdale – from international rally cars to the new £5 note, and crisp packets to World Cup football pitches.

We’re a hub of international expertise – energy, innovation, technology, engineering and science. We have locations with great transport links that are ripe for development – big brownfield sites, urban and rural business parks, and excellent conference facilities such as the new Energus Events and Conference venue. Invest in Allerdale offers a diverse range of support from introductions to key influencers, searching for suitable premises or land, access to finance which includes the Allerdale Business Support Fund, procurement, apprenticeship schemes and more.

And we’re the perfect home for your workforce, with good schools, plenty of housing and the Lake District National Park, the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site on your doorstep.

The Growing Club

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The Growing Club is a not-for-profit organisation, bridging the gap in business education for women through the provision of a fantastic range of skills training and opportunities using a creative and alternative peer support model.

The Growing Club offers a wide range of events and opportunities at the Women and Enterprise Hub which includes courses ranging from 6 weeks to 12 months, monthly skills workshops, weekly drop-in sessions, networking and much more.

 

Supporting Businesses

Eden River Brew Co.

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Cumbria Crystal

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Three Hares

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