Dear CSEP Member
I hope that you are all keeping well!
It has taken quite a while, but I am very pleased to be able to announce that following a competitive tender process, Cumbria County Council have awarded a contract to Cybermoor Services of Alston to manage a new Social Enterprise Support and Networking programme, under the umbrella of the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership.
Cybermoor will deliver the contract with the support of a consortium of experienced social enterprise business advisors. The programme, which has been carefully aligned to Cumbria County Council’s aims and objectives, will provide business support, as well as networking activities to help further develop the social enterprise sector in Cumbria and will include the following:
- business start-up advice (including intensive support for any social enterprises wishing to take over,, or support the delivery of local Cumbria County Council services)
- one-to-one support advice as a core aspect to developing social enterprise businesses
- post-start assistance to improve performance, sustainability, create additional employment and promote economic growth
- assistance to develop funding, marketing and trading plans
- workshops, seminars, networking meetings, including the CSEP AGM and annual conference and awards
Cumbria County Council has provided long term support for the sector for a number of years and this programme will focus on supporting the Council’s vision and priorities as outlined in the Council’s 2016-19 Plan. An initial meeting has taken place with the six CCC Area Managers, with some positive outcomes already being generated via the Area Support teams. Cybermoor will also be working with the Area Support Offices to organise a series of district networking meetings.
The first networking event on the topic of Community Assets has been organised in partnership with Locality on Tuesday, 28th February at the Market Hall, Wigton (see agenda attached with a link for booking).
As part of Cumbria County Council’s structural reorganisation the post of CESP Manager ceased to exist in the spring of last year, but I have continued to work very closely, on a voluntary basis, with Martin Allman CCC’s Economic Programme Manager on all aspects of this new Social Enterprise support programme. The new contract also includes support to manage the Partnership’s website and members’ communications.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CSEP membership for their patience during the period between the end of the last CSEP support programmes and the start of this new programme (which include the facilities to communicate with our membership), and I would also like to thank Cumbria County Council for their valued ongoing support to the Cumbrian Social Enterprise sector.
Anyone wanting more information about the programme and how to apply for business support, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01434 382808.