With almost £3.4m already committed time is running out to apply for grant funding through the Cumbria Growth Fund.
Manufacturing businesses (including artisan producers) or those providing services to manufacturing of any size throughout Cumbria are eligible to apply for funding of between £10,000 and £1m, as are inward investors. Unfortunately start-up businesses are not eligible.
A wide range of businesses from across the county are already benefiting from the funding, between them creating or safeguarding 417 jobs. These include:
Allerdale – Gen II, Harbourside Products, Keswick Brewery, King Kong Climbing Walls, NT Precision, Shaun Bell Electrical, Tweddle Engineering, Wild & Fruitful
Barrow – NW Total Engineering, Optech Fibres
Carlisle – Autosport Logitical Solutions, Bells Fishmongers, Grafix Signs, JMT Trade, Jobling Purser, More Handles
Copeland – Ennerdale Brewery
Eden – North Lakes Foods, Quattro Products, South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society
South Lakeland – Burlington Slate, CN Metal Work, Fuel Exhausts, Ginger Bakers, Kendal Nutricare, Lakestone, Oxley Group, Pintail Candles, Storth
Tony Bell, managing director of Bell’s, said: “We’ve had to invest to make the job viable. When we started it was too labour intensive to get the price right for the customer. We did it all by hand at first but now we have a machine that guts and gills the fish. Where it was taking six men four hours to do one tonne – around 3,000 fish – now two men can do that in an hour and a half. The grant has also helped pay for conveyors and cutting tables to boost throughput of game such as pheasant, partridge, duck and rabbit”.
Leader of South Lakeland Conservatives, Ben Berry, urged businesses to consider it: “The funding is there and the Cumbria Chamber is there to help you get it. Give them a call, you have plenty to gain and nothing to lose.”
If you’re a small or medium sized enterprise (up to 250 full time equivalent employees) a Growth Hub adviser is available free of charge to help with an Expression of Interest and any subsequent application, and to help you access any other relevant support available to you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 257 8450 to arrange.
If you’re a larger business please contact email@example.com for more information.
Cumbria Growth Fund is a Regional Growth Fund programme funded by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy. The Cumbria Growth Fund is delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CN Media and UNW LLP.