Business Support

Get the support your business needs

Cumbria Growth Hub is the one-stop-shop for business support in Cumbria offering an extensive package of practical support designed to increase your profitability, growth and competitiveness.

The Growth Hub has been fantastic in supporting our business and helping to drive growth

Adam Wellings Commercial Director, AST Signs

The package includes advice on how to:

  • Get your business up and running.
  • Increase profitability, growth and competitiveness.
  • Drive innovation and develop new solutions.
  • Raise your profile through networking and events.
  • Help you source funding opportunities.
  • Take your first steps into exporting.
  • Secure contracts within the supply chain.
  • Develop environmentally sustainable business projects.
  • Enhance the skills of your employees.

Support is available to all types of small and medium-sized businesses – much of it free or subsidised.

Additional help is available to businesses in Allerdale, thanks to funding from Allerdale Borough Council.

This support is focused primarily on those in the visitor economy, retail and personal services businesses (such as hairdressing and fitness) – because these sectors have been identified by the council as most severely affected over the longest timescale by the pandemic.

You can choose from one of two great support packages:

A choice of sector specific online workshops on topics such as:

  • developing and implementing forward strategies to survive, recover and move forward positively
  • reducing costs and increasing margins in a socially distanced world
  • customer service challenges and opportunities
  • social media and online for your business

Followed by 1-2-1 advice (delivered remotely) to help you take implement actions identified in the workshops.


Free* Chamber membership for one year, enabling you to access free 1-2-1 legal and HR advice from dedicated professionals whenever you need it. This can help you through things like redundancies, changes to working practices and much more. You can also benefit from a range of other member services.

Whichever you choose we’ll also link you with any other support available in line with your needs and interests.

*For larger businesses (over 10 employees) support may be subsidised rather than free.

To access sector specific online workshops followed by 1-2-1 advice, please email


To access free Cumbria Chamber of Commerce membership, please click here.