FAQs

Here is a selection of frequently asked questions about the programme.

Who is Cumbria Forum for?

What does it include?

Where does it take place?

How much does it cost?

What is the ERDF Eligibility?

When does the programme start?

How much time do I need to commit?

Are there any formal assessments?

What do I need to start this programme?

How will it benefit me as an owner/manager and my business?

How can I find out more about the programme?

What is the application process?

If your question is not here, please email us with your query.

 

Who is Cumbria Forum for?

This programme is designed for owner/managers of small and medium-sized businesses based in Cumbria, who want to develop and grow their business.

What does it include?

This six-month programme includes active teaching with practice, regularly encouraging participants to relate what they are learning to their own situations. It brings together a group of your peers like-minded SMEs — in a safe environment where there are high levels of trust.

Where does it take place?

The next cohort will start in March 2017 and the majority of activities will be delivered in Cumbria. Careful consideration has gone into the planning of the programme making sure that geographical constraints are minimised.

How much does it cost?

This programme is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and requires meeting the ERDF Eligibility criteria.

What is the ERDF Eligibility?

Based in Cumbria

Employ Fewer than 250 full-time employees

Has an annual turnover less than £40 million

Has received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 years

Is business to business

When does the programme start?

The next cohort starts on the 13th March 2017.

How much time do I need to commit?

Delegates are expected to attend 1-2 days per month for the six-month period.

Are there any assessments?

No. However, you will be set a series of challenges throughout the programme.

What do I need to start this programme?

Commitment, enthusiasm and a readiness to be challenged.

How will it benefit me as an owner/manager and my business?

  • Develop a network of like-minded SMEs.
  • Access to a series of inspirational speakers.
  • Supportive space to work on business development and planning.
  • University support and student consultancy.
  • Online platform.

How can I find out more about the programme?

  • Speak to our Business Liaison Officer Pete Cornwall on 01524 510728.
  • Email us direct with your query.

How can I apply?

Call us on 01524 510728 to discuss eligibility and then complete an application form.