Business support and advice

Allerdale is a great location for your business, with excellent transport links and a vibrant and mixed economy. Some major international companies that are located here include Iggesund Paperboard, M Sport motor racing, James Walker Group engineering and Stobart Group. 

With its stunning natural environment, easy access to sports and the great outdoors and low crime rates the borough is also an excellent place to live for you and your workforce.

And we have an educated workforce - training opportunities are available at the University of Cumbria, Energy Coast UTC, Lakes College and Energus.

How can we help you with your business

Read our Business Guide to see how we can help you start up your business:

The Council's commitment to economic growth

Allerdale Borough Council prioritises attracting and encouraging business investment into our area. As part of our plan we are committed to:

  • Building a strong and vibrant local economy
  • Creating thriving town centres that are attractive and welcoming

With this in mind in 2015-19 we are:

  • Improving skills and education to enable businesses to recruit suitably skilled staff
  • Encouraging business growth
  • Improving infrastructure
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy
  • Encouraging tourism
  • Supporting the development of more homes where they are needed
  • Assisting and supporting businesses
  • Encouraging thriving and vibrant towns
  • Making our towns attractive and welcoming  

The council's Economic Growth team is on hand to give advice on investing in the area and helping you to expand your business, or turn your idea into reality. Please contact us on the telephone number or email shown. Thinking of starting a business?

There is a wide selection of help for new businesses and supporting enterprise. For further queries contact the Economic Development team on the contacts shown.

'Real Help Now' website has practical tips for business and individuals requiring business related support and assistance. We also list the latest business events.

If your business is struggling please visit our recession advice webpages.

Britain's Energy Coast

Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) encourages economic development in the boroughs of Allerdale and Copeland. The aim of the agency is to promote business development in the area by working with companies thinking of moving to the area and supporting existing businesses to grow.

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria offers business support services to enterprises and individuals in Allerdale, some of which are receiving support from Allerdale Borough Council. A comprehensive list of these services can be found on the University of Cumbria business support page.

Environmental guidance for businesses

For NetRegs guidance on environmental topics and guidance for chemical manufacturers, paper and cardboard manufacturers and metal production and processing businesses go to the business website - GOV.UK: Waste and environmental impact 


GOV.UK is the place to find government services and information, replacing Directgov and Business Link websites. It provides information about starting and running a business in the UK.

Health for Work Advice line for Small Business

The free Health for Work Advice line for Small Business helps you to quickly and effectively address the issue of employee health, minimise the impact of staff illness, and provide essential support to staff with physical or mental health issues

Fire Safety and the Law
The Fire Safety Inspector (Regulator) for Cumbria Fire and Rescue would like to offer their services in educating any potential Businesses opening in Allerdale on Fire Safety and the Law (RRO) 2006  The service is free at the moment and is very enlightening for new businesses to ensure they are compliant with the RRO. Mobile 07766422116, E mail

Creative businesses

Looking to start up a new creative business? Wondering how to build a marketing strategy? Need help with governance or fundraising issues? This toolkit is here to help you act now.

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Contact us

0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ