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Cumbria Forum

Bringing the best out of the people running businesses in Cumbria is key to helping those businesses flourish and grow. That’s why Growth Hub partner Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is running Cumbria Forum to enhance the capabilities of our SMEs.

This is a six-month programme aimed at owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers from ERDF eligible SMEs. As it’s fully funded by the University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) there’s is no cost to participating businesses.

Cumbria Forum is designed to help business owners develop strategic thought processes and provide the skills and tools they need to evolve their business model.

The idea is to help them develop strategic thought processes and provide the skills and tools they need to evolve their business model. Delegates are taken out of their comfort zone and encouraged to think about their business differently and reflectively, perhaps for the first time.

Participants benefit from master classes from world-class speakers, business workshops, and an “access all areas” company visit, and can interact with each other constantly through an online forum.

A fantastic opportunity for growth-orientated small and medium-sized companies in Cumbria.

Speakers so far have included Jonathan Warburton, Edwin Booth, Lloyd Grossman, John Timpson, Mark Adlestone (Beaverbrooks) and Peter Cowgill (JD Sports).

There’s also an opportunity for participants to have a group of MBA or undergraduate students work on a specific area of their business.

Programme Manager Helen Wilkinson from Lancaster University Management School says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for growth-orientated small and mid-sized companies in Cumbria. We have significant experience in delivering business growth through a combination of challenge, business tools, speakers, peer groups and world class university support which grow skills and confidence in equal measure.”

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Regional Growth Fund