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Allerdale’s entrepreneurs challenged to build a business

2 September 2015

Allerdale’s budding business tycoons are being given the chance to turn their business dreams into reality in a Dragon’s Den style pitch.

A partnership between infrastructure group Robertson, Allerdale Borough Council and not-for-profit business accelerator Fusion Go will see the area’s next Richard Bransons and Karren Bradys nurtured through their first venture into the business world with expert advice and financial support.

The initiative will culminate in a Dragon’s Den style pitch for all the fledgling business brains, where one business will succeed in securing support from Robertson to give their start-up a kick start. The winner will also receive £350 from Allerdale Borough Council to cover the cost of joining Fusion Go’s programme.

Robertson is currently constructing the new £10.4 million leisure centre and swimming pool at Brow Top in Workington on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council. It was procured through the National Major Works Framework, one of six national frameworks provided by Scape Group. The framework aims to create lasting economic and social value for local communities, beyond the immediate construction projects it facilitates, and Robertson is fulfilling this criteria by supporting a local start-up business.  Robertson saw the success of Fusion Go’s programme and the two organisations decided to work together on the initiative.  

 Andy Mcleod, Regional Managing Director, Robertson, said: “It’s a real pleasure for us to be able to give back to the Allerdale community in this way. We know from listening to our partners at Fusion Go that there is a lot of untapped business potential in the area, and we’re looking forward to seeing that entrepreneurial spirit blossom thanks to this initiative.

“We also look forward to helping the lucky winner get their business growing as fast as possible.”

The deadline for applications to join is no later than 18 September 2015, and successful applicants must be able to start on the programme on 23 September.

The business can be a start-up from industry, a charity, a not-for-profit company or social enterprise and needs to be located in the Allerdale borough. It also needs to be less than six months old. Full application details can be found on Fusion Go’s website: .

David Jones, founder of Fusion Go said: “Fusion Go is all about helping new start businesses get going on their journey to success. The combination of a financial injection and the chance to participate in the Fusion Go accelerator will be a winning combination. We look forward to seeing some great ideas and new businesses come forward to take up this unique opportunity.”

Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for economic development, said: “We said when we set out to build the new leisure centre and swimming pool that we’d ensure that the local economy benefits as much as possible from our investment. This is another example of how this is happening. I’d encourage anyone with an idea to go for it, and make your dreams a reality.”


Notes to Editors:


The new swimming pool and leisure centre was procured under the Scape Group National Major Works Framework.  Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions. Scape frameworks are available to any public sector body. Currently over 500 organisations have access to these solutions.

Bringing together the strongest teams from the public and private sector, Scape’s rapidly deployed, highly measurable and collaborative approach delivers value for money and quality buildings whilst stimulating local growth and community benefits.

Scape has helped deliver over 2,000 public sector projects over the last four years, with another 1,000 currently in progress.

Fusion Go

Fusion Go is a not-for-profit company established in Summer 2014 to create a revolution in entrepreneurship across Cumbria.

It seeks to change the way in which business can establish and grow by putting them on a 6-month business accelerator programme. The programme will then be repeated every 6 months. Businesses on the Fusion Go accelerator programme can expect to receive mentoring support from business people from within and outside Cumbria.  These are experienced business people who have turned their own entrepreneurial skills into business success. 

Fusion Go has delivery partners of Allerdale Borough Council, NatWest Bank, the University of Cumbria, Dodd & Co accountants and Burnetts solicitors.



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