Cumbria

Furness Enterprise hopes for small business lifeline

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Image caption Furness Enterprise supports businesses in the Barrow-in-Furness area

A south Cumbria business development group wound down because of a funding shortage has a "strong" case for a cash lifeline, it has been claimed.

Furness Enterprise supports small and medium-sized businesses in the area.

Labour MP John Woodcock called its closure "tragic" and questioned in the House of Commons whether money would be found in the next round of coastal communities funding.

He was told an application was being considered and the bid was strong.

The agency, which was launched more than 20 years ago, was wound down at the end of December and is currently operating with a skeleton staff.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said that with millions of pounds of investment heading for the area, Furness Enterprise was "poised to play a vital role in insuring that local employers and families were able to benefit from the jobs and opportunities which will accompany it."

The Minister for Coastal Communities, Penny Mordaunt, said the bid was "still alive", and that they were "hoping to make announcements in the next round of coastal communities funding very shortly".

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