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Business Support

Business Support

A THRIVING business economy is one of the aims of the wider #BrilliantBarrow Towns Deal programme, with the Business and Enterprise Support project key to achieving this.

A range of initiatives and support services is being developed as part of the project with the ultimate aim of nurturing economic growth, encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and championing collaboration.

It is hoped that new technologies, products, and processes will be developed as local businesses access opportunities in the area’s supply chain.

The Business and Enterprise Support project will also improve perceptions of Barrow as a place to start and grow a business, particularly a community business/social enterprise.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) is the delivery partner for this project, working in partnership with Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership. 

It’s key strands are:

  • To assist residents, particularly from the most deprived communities in Barrow, to access good quality economic opportunities (by starting their own businesses, becoming self-employed or via the creation and growth of community businesses).
  • To enable small businesses in Barrow to become more competitive, resilient and to expand and recover from the economic effects of Covid-19.
  • To create a strong presence to encourage enterprise in Barrow, working through the Community Wellbeing Hubs.
  • To work with schools, Furness College and the University of Cumbria (including the proposed Barrow Learning Quarter development), the local community and voluntary sector to encourage greater levels of enterprise in Barrow.

The Learning Quarter

A range of free to access courses and workshops are currently available.

  •  A three day course aimed at those interested in starting their own business. It will take place at The Forum, in Duke Street, Barrow, on the following starting dates:

    Wednesday, January 24

    Wednesday, January 31

    Wednesday, February 7

    Tuesday, March 12  

  • Starting a business over 50 – Online course

    Starting date: Wednesday, February 7, then Wednesday February 21, 28 and March 6. Time: 2pm to 5pm. 

  • Be an Entrepreneur by age 25 – Online course

    Starting date: Wednesday, February 7, then Wednesday, February 21, 28 and March 6. Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Places on the sessions can be booked by emailing:

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