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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.

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.

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.

This is Cumbria

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This is Cumbria is a collective of dynamic Cumbrian producers and craftspeople formed in 2018 with a passion for producing fine goods inspired by the breath taking landscape of our county. Our aim is to showcase the very best food, drink and produce from across Cumbria to thousands of keys buyers at trade events with a ‘big impact’ destination trade pavilion.

The Family Business Community

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The Family Business Community is a trusted network 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 share advice from families past and present on succession planning and other key topics to help families gain a sustainable future.
The Community also nurtures and encourages collaborations and helps source the right people to work in and across their family business network.

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 community has developed an engaged collaboration 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 community really values.

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.

 

Cyber Essentials

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Cyber Essentials helps you to guard your organisation against cyber attack.

Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.

What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is an effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Their advice is designed to help prevent these attacks.

Good Business Charter

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GBC Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the Good Business Charter. The GBC consists of 10 components and more details for each of these components can be found on their website. As an organisation with under 51 employees:

1. We commit to pay our directly employed and regularly contracted staff the real living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.
2. We commit to only use zero or minimal hours contracts when it is mutually beneficial and accepted by both us and the employee.
3. We will actively support and encourage employee well-being treating those with legitimate sickness in a fair and respectful manner and promote access to impartial support and advice for employees with physical and mental health needs.
4. We commit to having a way where every employee can make suggestions or raise issues with senior management.
5. We commit to have robust measures in place to encourage diversity at key stages of recruitment, selection and retention of employees and to prevent harassment or victimisation in the workplace.
6. We care about the environment and encourage the development of good environmental practice as an organisation, seeking to minimise our impact and commit to improve it.
7. We commit to pay our taxes where applicable, only use tax allowances for the purpose intended, and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.
8. We have a clear commitment to our stakeholders and prioritise addressing and learning from stakeholder feedback, seeking to put negative issues right.
9. We commit to ethical sourcing of anything we purchase, such as by applying standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant.
10. We commit to paying our suppliers promptly, and within at least 30 days.

Supporting Businesses

Eden River Brew Co.

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Cumbria Crystal

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Three Hares

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