BUSINESS ADVICE AND FINANCE (LOANS AND GRANTS)

CREA

The local enterprise agency covering South Lakeland offering a range of business support, grants, planning and environmental advice for new and existing businesses including farm businesses, mostly publicly funded Tel: 01539 726624 or www.crea.co.uk

BUSINESS LINK NORTHWEST

The regional organisation that provides advice and signposting to a range of business services provided by publicly funded organisations and the private sector www.businesslinknw.co.uk

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Legion Small Business Service offers leavers and ex-service people free business advice and loans for new businesses - The Royal British Legion, 48 Pall Mall, London, SW17 5JY, Tel : 08457 72572

PRINCES TRUST

Provide support and finance to 16-25 year olds who want to start up a new business – Tel: 0800 842 842 or www.princes-trust.org.uk

PRIME

Provide help for over 50’s who need a loan to set up in business - PRIME Helpline 0800 783 1904 or www.primeinitiative.org.uk

CRAFT COUNCIL

Assistance for makers who are about to set up their own business, or who are within three years of doing so – Tel: 020 7278 7700 or www.craftscouncil.org.uk

PROWESS

Promoting women’s enterprise support www.prowess.org.uk

BUSINESS FINANCE NORTH WEST

Business Finance North West provides loans to new businesses that are unable to borrow from traditional lenders all or some of the finance needed – Tel: 01204 391400 or www.bbvonline.net

CART

Organisation providing loans to borrowers who would like to start a small business, or develop their business further – Tel: 01768 869514 or www.ccart.org.uk

SMALL BUSINESS SERVICE

On line business advisory service www.smallbusinessadvice.org.uk

CUMBRIA BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT NETWORK

Resource efficiency and waste reduction advice and awards for businesses – Tel: 01768 891555 or www.cumbriaben.co.uk

GRANTS SEARCHES FOR BUSINESSES

www.j4b.co.uk 

www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/gsd

www.grants4.info/cumbria/

BUSINESS SITES AND PREMISES

South Lakeland District Council 

Business Sites and Premises search www.southlakeland.gov.uk/premises

Business Rates www.voa.gov.uk/business_rates/ 

Cumbria Inward Investment Agency www.cumbria-investment.co.uk

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATIONS

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Industry www.cumbriachamber.co.uk

Federation of Small Businesses www.fsb.org.uk

Made in Cumbria www.madeincumbria.co.uk


TRAINING

LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL www.lsc.gov.uk

Train to Gain to help businesses access training for employees www.traintogain.gov.uk

Kendal College www.kendal.ac.uk

Furness College www.furness.ac.uk

Adult Education courses www.cumbriacc.gov.uk/childrensservices/adulteducation


EMPLOYMENT

Job searches

Jobs advertised in Westorland Gazette www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/jobs

Jobs in tourism industry in Cumbria www.cumbriajobs.co.uk

General job searches www.fish4.co.uk , www.jobs.guardian.co.uk

Jobcentre plus www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

Connexions - for work and training advice for 13 - 19 year olds www.connexionscumbria.co.uk

Return to Work - advice for Incapacity Benefit claimants interested in returning to work - Tel: 01539 726624


GENERAL

HM Revenue and Customs for business taxes www.HMRC.gov.uk

Intellectual Property Office for information advice and searches for patents, trade marks, copyright www.ipo.gov.uk

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform www.berr.gov.uk

North West Development Agency for economic strategy and intelligence www.nwda.co.uk

Cumbria Vision champions for economic development in Cumbria www.cumbriavision.co.uk

Health and Safety Executive www.hse.gov.uk



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