Support programme for new entrepreneurs and businesses launches in Barrow

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

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

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

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

Jon Power, head of programs at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be working with partners to deliver this enabling project for Barrow’s young entrepreneurs and those considering setting up a business.

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

The project will deliver four distinct strands which aim to improve a wider network and availability of business support – individuals, community businesses and social enterprises, businesses that could benefit from wider supply chain opportunities and support that it aims to improve competitiveness and productivity.

Rob Randell, Chair of Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, said: “CSEP is delighted to be working in partnership 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 Town Market of Barrow.

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“Social Enterprise in Barrow runs a number of vital local services across the borough at a community level. They provide employment and training opportunities, often for people who would have difficulty finding these elsewhere. This program will provide the opportunity to create new Social Enterprises and provide additional support to the existing sector.”

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

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Councilor Ann Thomson, leader of Barrow Borough Council and #BrilliantBarrow Town Deal board member, said: “We are delighted to see this project come to life in Barrow to help provide a long-term boost to our local economy.

“All types of businesses stand to benefit from the accessible and expert help and support available – from self-starters to larger and more established businesses that could benefit from unique opportunities available within the chain wider provision in this area.

“A lot of work has gone into developing the seven #BrilliantBarrow projects since the Government funding was received so it’s fantastic to launch this project.”

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