Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
While talent is evenly spread across the country, opportunity is not, and without access to funding it is harder to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country great.
That is why, through our Start Up Loans scheme, the government have now provided £600 million in loans to businesses outside London – giving aspiring business owners up to £25,000 each to launch their business, that they may otherwise have struggled to get from a commercial lender.
This will help a diverse range of entrepreneurs across the UK to get their businesses off the ground, create more jobs – supporting talent and levelling up the entire country.