Resources and Useful Links

Resources and Useful Links

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Was your business affected by the December 2015 floods?

A group of researchers at the University of Cumbria have launched an on-line survey which aims to collect information about the business response to the flooding events.  

They hope that the survey will allow businesses to voice the issues that they face(d).  

The views and experiences of all survey participants will be combined, and help inform the continued debate about how best to manage the response to future flood events.

The survey can be accessed online at and all responses will be treated confidentially.  If you would like to find out more information please contact Darrell Smith, at 

EAFRD Funding Available

A total of £4.3m of EAFRD funding is available to support projects throughout rural Cumbria.

There are currently three funding calls open;
• Food processing – grants to support food processing initiatives, increase innovation, export and business growth.

Download the Food processing Handbook here

• Tourism infrastructure – Improving or developing new visitor attractions aimed at increasing overnight stays and tourist spend.

Download the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Handbook here

• Rural business development – supporting rural business growth including farm diversification, innovation, equipment purchase or premises improvements. 

Download the Business Development Handbook here
Grants are available for up to £250k (minimum £35k) and there is a two stage application process.  

Usually for every £30k of grant, a new job would be expected to be created.  

The information on each of the individual funding calls is attached in the links as well as information on the application process.  
All  grant applications will be received, processed and successful contracts awarded by the Rural Payments Agency (DEFRA).

Further information available from

Note: GH advisers are available to support businesses in producing applications (whether ERDF eligible or not).

"Weathering The Storm" booklet

A new Cumbria focused booklet is available, called ‘Weathering the Storm’. Aimed at businesses, particularly SMEs – it contains things to consider and steps to take, which will help adapt your business to reduce the impact of climate-related events, such as flooding or storm damage. 

Other versions of the booklet are available for different areas nationally, and Cumbria County Council kindly funded the production of a Cumbria version, with input from the LDNPA, NFU and local businesses who provided case studies.

The booklet is available online at: 

Small Business Reputation and the Cyber Risk

Click here to view the Small Business Reputation and the Cyber Risk document

Avoid Under-Insurance

Click here to view the British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) guide to avoiding under-insurance for small and medium-sized businesses.

Brexit-Related Under-Insurance

In particular, the guide will support small firms that are vulnerable to the risks of under-insurance as a result of uncertainty following the Brexit vote, such as currency fluctuations and higher prices for imported goods. 

In the guide BIBA recommends that small firms consider the effects of leaving the EU on their business and factor this into the amount of their insurance cover.

For further information please click here

Business Funding Matchmaking Service

Small firms that have been refused finance by nine of the biggest banks will have the opportunity to secure funding from alternative providers with the aid of a new matchmaking service. 

Firms that have had funding applications rejected can authorise banks to pass on their details to the Funding Xchange, Funding Options and Business Finance Compared platforms, which share information with providers that may be willing to provide funding. 

Around 70% of firms that apply for finance only approach one lender and rarely seek other options if rejected. 

In 2015 around 324,000 smaller firms applied for finance, and while 26% of applications were rejected, only 3% were referred to alternative providers.

There is more information about the service here

Further Information

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