Support programme for new entrepreneurs and businesses launches in Barrow

A support program to help new entrepreneurs and businesses launched in Barrow.

The Barrow Business and Enterprise Support Project provides free support through workshops, webinars and training as well as helping to access wider supply chain opportunities and one to one adviser support.

The project is one of seven funded by the #BrilliantBarrow Town Deal, which aims to help communities thrive in the future.

It is delivered by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership working in collaboration with Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership.

Jon Power, head of programs at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “We are delighted to be working with partners to deliver this empowering project for new entrepreneurs in Barrow and those thinking about setting up a business. business.

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“The opportunity to stimulate interest in the supply chain opportunities that exist across the area, and improve the productivity of businesses in the borough, is a positive development.”

The project will provide four separate strands aimed at developing a wider network and availability of business support – individuals, community and social enterprises, businesses that can benefit from wider supply chain opportunities and support aimed at improving competitiveness and productivity.

Rob Randell, Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership Chair said: “CSEP is delighted to be working with the Chamber of Commerce to provide business support to further develop our local Social Enterprise sector in Barrow and as part of the Brilliant Barrow Town Deal.

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“Social Enterprises in Barrow run some vital local services across the borough at community level. They provide employment and training opportunities, often to people who might struggle to find them elsewhere. This program will provide an opportunity to create new Social Enterprises and further support the existing sector.”

Individuals and businesses can access three or 12 hours of support including an initial business review, available until March 31, 2024.

Councilor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council and a board member of the #BrilliantBarrow Town Deal, said: “We are delighted to see this project go live in Barrow to help provide a lasting boost to our local economy.

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“All types of businesses are set to benefit from the quick and expert help and support available – from people starting out on their own to larger, more established businesses who can take advantage of the unique opportunities which can be used within the wider supply chain in this area.

“A huge amount of work has gone into developing the seven #BrilliantBarrow projects since the funding was secured from the Government so it’s great to see this project being launched.”

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