Cumbria Forum

Cumbria Forum

A six-month programme, as part of the Cumbria Growth Hub, designed for owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs with a growth aspiration.

About the Programme

Develop your strategic thought processes and gain the skills to successfully describe, design, challenge and pivot your business models.

You'll begin with an overnight experiential, which is a two-day event made up of leadership exercises, focused discussions and peer-to-peer learning. Stepping outside of your workplace, you'll be encouraged to think about your business differently and reflect on your current practices. This experience is designed to develop trust amongst the participants, breaking down the barriers to learning and providing opportunities to connect your new knowledge to real-life situations.

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Programme Elements

The Cumbria Forum programme includes sessions each month, taking place over 1-2 days. You'll participate in a range of challenges, workshops and tasks to develop strategic thought processes and skills, and the focus on practical learning means there are no formal assessments.

An overnight experiential to build trust and start the challenge.

Access to Masterclasses from world-class speakers such as Jonathan Warburton, Edwin Booth and John Timpson.

Interactive workshops including Developing dynamic business models, Innovation and Branding, and Business Finance for Growth.

A company visit, with access all areas within a large regional business

Learn from leading academics at Lancaster University Management School and business experts. 

Introduce a fresh perspective with our student projects.

Get in touch

To discover more about the Cumbria Forum, and how it could transform your organisation, please complete our enquiry form and we'll be in touch shortly.

The Benefits

The programme fully integrates into your business, so you will spend time actively working on your business not in it. The peer network provides the support and the University provides the challenge to your thinking and ways of working. The programme will provide you with the tools to develop a strategic approach to your business and ultimately generate the growth you need.

Amy Scott, Director at Cyclewise, explains why the Cumbria Forum was right for the business and how the programme supported their growth plans.

Business people

"This programme is a fantastic opportunity for growth orientated small and mid-sized companies in Cumbria, helping them grow skills and confidence in equal measure. " Helen Wilkinson, Programme Manager

Costs & Apply

This programme is fully funded, and available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible businesses. Businesses must meet the ERDF criteria as below:

  • 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

To apply, please get in touch with us.