Training, Employment and Social Enterprise

Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership 

Whether you’re a well established social enterprise, a relatively new enterprise or you’re thinking of setting up a new social enterprise, there’s lots of opportunities that can help support and develop your business, including fully funded specialist business support and a variety of training and networking events.

Enterprise Answers

Operating since 2005 as Cumbria Asset Reinvestment Trust, the newly named Enterprise Answers has been assisting businesses across the length and breadth of Cumbria, providing them with the finance they need to achieve their aspirations for growth and development.

The Social Investment Business

SIB helps civil society organisations as a whole prosper through better access to finance, support and long term strategic thinking. All of their funds provide capital, knowledge and expertise to help organisations thrive.

Social Enterprise Coalition – The Voice of Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise Coalition represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. They believe that “social enterprise is the right way to do business and we work with our members to:

  • Promote the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigning and events.
  • Promote best practice amongst social enterprises through networks and publications. A key part of the Coalition’s work is to enable social enterprises to share know how, network and do business. We publish a range of case studies, ‘how to’ guides and training materials.
  • Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. Our aim is to improve the operating environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events.
  • We influence politicians across the political spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of the Coalition’s work in promoting social enterprise and in pushing the issue up the policy agenda.
  • Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base.”