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You might be interested in the following business information

Cumbria Business Growth Hub

Help your business unleash its full potential. This site offers a great choice of advice, training networking, and support all tailored to your specific needs.

Start Your Own Business In Cumbria

If you run a business in Cumbria or if you are thinking of starting a new business this site will be extremely useful. It is designed so you can find local firms and business support organisations who will all offer advice.

The Chest

If you are starting up a business and you are interested in opportunities for tendering, this site has separate web pages for each area of Cumbria.

Trading Standards Business

Advice and help is offered for all aspects of your business from conflict with a customer to safety advice

Information last updated 28 February 2017

National information

Companies House

If you’re starting up you’ll find information about your need to register your business, how to check if a name is available, when to file accounts, and lots more. All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House. 

Federation of Small Business

The main organisation for small business in the UK, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and small business owners within the UK. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. 

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust operates an Enterprise Programme providing money and support to help young people start up in business. The site also features an “A-Z of Young Businesses”, and a Business Finder. Useful resources and links. 

Setting up a business

Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. An essential starting point. 

Shell LiveWire

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) in the UK. The site contains lots of useful tools and links, including how to write a business plan. Registration allows access to more resources. 

UK Intellectual Property Office 

Many entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses forget about their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office helps you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention, no matter how big or small, from trade marks to patents, designs to copyright.