Starting up a new business in Copeland

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A wide range of support is available to businesses and individuals who are looking to start up a business in Copeland.

Sources of help and support


Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

If you’re thinking of starting your own business or social enterprise, then Cumbria Chamber of Commerce are here to help with a free business start-up programme to point you in the right direction to achieving business success.

Our comprehensive package of support includes:

  • FREE meetings with a business adviser to review and develop your business idea
  • FREE training:
  • Introduction to business planning & self employment
  • Introduction to marketing / market research & sales forecasts
  • Promotion & sales
  • Introduction to planning & managing finance
  • Taxation & bookkeeping
  • Using the internet and social media effectively
  • FREE help to develop your business plan and get your business up and running
  • FREE membership of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce (worth up to £400)

Support is available to help you before you start up or in your first three years of trading – helping your business to become sustainable, improve performance and, if you want to, grow.
If you’re on Jobseekers’ Allowance you can benefit too from the New Enterprise Allowance scheme with free mentoring, financial support through your first six months of trading and the opportunity to apply for an NEA loan. 

Business start-up and post start support is delivered in partnership with Action for Communities in Cumbria, Rural Women’s Network, Britain’s Energy Coast, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency, Furness Enterprise and Ways into Successful Enterprise, ensuring support throughout Cumbria with funding through a number of sources including Britain’s Energy Coast, the Chamber, Carlisle City Council, Defra, DWP, ERDF and others – we can almost always help!

Anyone wishing to take advantage of this support or find out more should contact Lesley Robinson on 0845 226 0040 or email

Ways into Successful Enterprise

Ways into Successful Enterprise is an Enterprise Coaching service for those with the interest and potential to develop a career in enterprise, be it through self-employment or starting a small business, or to consider other options including volunteering or training.  Make an appointment today with an Enterprise Coach to talk through your ideas.

Britain's Energy Coast 

Britain's Energy Coast, Cumbria's business support team offer a free and confidential business support and advisory services to new businesses under the Linkstart Programme which provides training, advice, funding and on-going support to anyone thinking of starting their own business.

Other useful websites is the government's online resource for businesses.


Starting a food business

There is specific advice if you are considering opening a food business. This includes the need to register with us. See our page 'starting a food business' that has full details.



If you are looking for busines premises try our business support pages.

Published: 10 May 2012 - 2:10pm