How to apply?
The easiest way to apply is by completing the online application form. Once we receive your form, we will contact you, usually within 1 working day.
Alternatively, you can apply, or find out more, by contacting our Cumbria Growth Catalyst team, simply:
How it works?
One of our expert advisers will arrange a 1-2-1 visit to carry out a FREE business health check.
The health check offers impartial advice to help you develop your business. You can choose to cover a specific topic (such as online activities) or to do a wider review. Our adviser will prepare a report detailing suggestions, recommendations and potential opportunities to help you improve your productivity, increase your profits and grow. They can also link you into other available services and support (where available).
Following this, more intensive business support may be available (additional eligibility criteria apply*). If you have the ambition to grow your business substantially in the next three years Cumbria Growth Catalyst can offer 12 hours of tailored, 1-2-1 support one or more advisers. This advice may cover areas such as leadership development, investment potential, developing funding applications, IT/digital, marketing, sales, HR and business and financial management and more.
You can choose from a great range of business workshops, some sector specific. You can book onto a workshop without a health check if you wish.
*Your business must be an SME, based in Cumbria, with at least 5 employees and a turnover of at least £250,000 per year. You must be aiming to grow your turnover by at least 50% over the next 3 years.
To access a free health check your business must be a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), which usually means not more than 250 full time equivalent employees plus a turnover of not more than 50m Euros or a balance sheet of not more than 43m Euros. It must be based in Cumbria and offer goods or services directly to consumers/customers (including online) OR be operating in the agricultural sector OR be operating in the nuclear supply chain sector.
The FREE business health check will usually be carried out at your business premises. It can be focused on specific topic (such as digital, management or marketing) or look at your business more widely. You’ll get a report setting out suggestions, recommendations and potential opportunities to help your business grow and develop, and if possible, link you into further support.
To access Cumbria Growth Catalyst intensive business support you must be an SME, based in Cumbria, have at least 5 employees and a turnover of £250k or more per year, and be aiming to grow your turnover by 50% or more over the next three years.
Examples of eligible businesses include: retail, hospitality & tourism (B&Bs, hotels, cafes, restaurants, etc), health & beauty (hairdressers, beauticians, aesthetics, personal trainers, gyms, etc) and agriculture (farming, forestry and fisheries).
This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you’re not sure if your business is eligible, please contact us on FREE* on 0844 257 84 50. If it’s not we’ll link you into other support where it’s available.
Yes! It’s entirely free to you as the user, funded by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy through Cumbria LEP.
Choose from a great range of high quality business workshops to help your business develop, grow and thrive. These range from marketing, digital and social media to leadership, development and management skills.