Small businesses and start-ups in parts of Manningham, Great Horton and City wards could benefit from a proposed new Community Led Local Development (CLLD) regeneration programme starting in 2017.

CLLD is a new initiative under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme for 2017 to 2022. Up to £6 million could be secured to provide support for new and existing businesses to grow their ventures and help local people who are unemployed to find jobs and develop new skills.

Carlisle Business Centre is currently leading the bid to secure the funds. Carlisle Business Centre is a not for private profit organisation, driven by a workforce and voluntary board of directors dedicated to providing excellent services for local people.

Sam Keighley, CEO at Carlisle Business Centre said:

‘Carlisle Business Centre is delighted to be leading the charge to secure these resources. Communities living in Manningham, Great Horton, and City wards are some of the most enterprising in the country. It would be fantastic to secure support for people to realise their dreams, be that starting up or growing an existing business or gaining new skills to find employment. There’s lots of work to be done over the next few months to make the case for securing the money and we hope local people, businesses and other organisations will join with us to do this’

If you want to get involved, the centre wants to know what you think. If you have an opinion on what support is needed in the area to help businesses need to start up, sustain and grow, and what support is needed in the area to help local people gain new skills and secure jobs, be sure to get in touch with the Carlisle Business Centre to discuss further.

You can also volunteer to be a member of the Local Action Group that will oversee the development of the bid and, if successful, lead the 5 years of regeneration in the area.

For more details about how to get involved, please contact the Business Centre on 01274 223222  for more information.