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Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to helping new businesses to start successfully and existing businesses to be sustainable, competitive and grow.

We’re keen to “grow our own” as well as to attract businesses to move into the county.

The Local Enterprise Partnership has identified Cumbria Business Growth Hub as the focus of business support across the county.

Through the Growth Hub you can access a great choice of services – including advice, training, events, funding, networking and more – delivered directly through the Growth Hub or through linkage with the range of other support and training providers operating in the county.

The Growth Hub provides a one-stop-shop, making it simple for you to access the support your business needs.

To start taking advantage of Cumbria Business Growth Hub visit, call 0844 257 8450 or email


European Structural Funds Programme

Cumbria is a recipient of funding from the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, which includes the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, working with other key partners, has been playing a key role in determining how these funds are invested throughout the county. This has included a range of exciting projects to support business growth and innovation, create jobs and improve skills levels.

Following the EU referendum in June 2016, the Government has agreed that all multi-year ESIF backed projects with signed contracts or funding agreements in place, and projects to be signed in the ordinary course of business before the Autumn Statement, will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

While the UK remains a member of the EU, the government will continue to work with Local Enterprise Partnerships and other relevant stakeholders to put in place arrangements for considering ESIF backed projects that might be signed after the Autumn Statement.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, along with the business community, our partners and MPs, will continue to lobby for ongoing funding support post-Brexit to meet the objectives of the county’s strategic economic plan to achieve business growth, skills development and a vibrant rural economy.

We will continue to keep partners, businesses and organisations across Cumbria up to date with EU developments via this website.

For details of current funding opportunities and more information see

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