We can help your business to unleash the potential within your workforce.

Located in the heart of Carlisle city centre, our Carlisle Business Interaction Centre (CBIC) is an entry point for businesses, employees and students seeking to access university expertise and support. 

CBIC is the base for the university's Business School in Carlisle which was recently awarded the Small Business Charter Bronze Award in recognition of its active participation in supporting start-ups and small businesses in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It's also home to the Centre for Regional Economic Development.

Our development managers are on hand to discuss your needs, or to visit your business to discuss how we can work together.

How we can help your organisation?

If you'd like to discuss how we can help give your organisation a boost, simply email enterprise.services@cumbria.ac.uk or call us on 01228 888740 for more information. 

We also host an array of networking events, seminars and lectures for businesses. Visit the events calendar to see what we've got coming up.

What's On

Serviced office space

If you're looking to find some space while you get your business off the ground, talk to us about renting our serviced office space.

CBIC offers private office space, as well as communal hot-desking in our business incubation suite.

Join the growing group of start-up businesses currently based at CBIC to take advantage of the enthusiasm and creativity of others who are starting out in the world of business.

A number of companies are based in CBIC's serviced offices and incubation space.

They include:

Talk to us about your office space requirements - from hot-desking in our Interaction Zone to full office space rental, we've got a solution for you.

As well as being affordable, our facilities will provide the chance to network with the entrepreneurs behind some of Carlisle's newest and most innovative companies.

For more details of what we offer, call us on 01228 888740 or email CBIC@cumbria.ac.uk.

Room Hire

Whether you're looking for office space to get a new business off the ground, room hire for an event, conferencing space, or somewhere to hot-desk for the day or even the month, there’s something for everyone at CBIC.

Room Hire Packages

Business Service Packages

All bookings and room hire enquiries should be made through CBIC Reception. Call us on 01228 888740 or send us an e-mail to make a booking.

Rooms Available

Interaction Zone

On the first floor of CBIC you'll find the Interaction Zone, a bright and welcoming space that forms the central hub of the building. The Interaction Zone is designed to be used for hot-desking, networking and for holding informal meetings. Half-day, full-day and monthly tariffs are available.

On any given day you could meet start-up entrepreneurs, our academics, students and staff from a wide variety of university departments using this space. The Interaction Zone is right next to CBIC's communal kitchen, making it a convenient place to base yourself!

The Board Room

Our impressive Board Room is the perfect location for hosting formal meetings and presentations for up to 20 people.

Equipped with portable digital display screens and wi-fi, and with access to video conferencing facilities, the Board Room offers the perfect combination of an imposing and historic setting with the latest modern business technology.

Teaching Room

Our second-floor teaching room is available to hire as a location for lectures, seminars and group-work activities for up to 60 people.

It's equipped with a fixed whiteboard, smart-podium, projector and PC. Video conferencing facilities are available on request, and the room offers wi-fi access.

Meeting Room

Our convenient ground-floor meeting room is designed for groups of up to six people. Although it's small, the room has bags of character - it still contains the original cast iron range that dates back to the building's days as a grain warehouse.

The room costs just £10 an hour to hire, making it an affordable location to meet with your clients in the heart of Carlisle city centre.

Room hire prices

Work Room

Ideal for group work or teaching, but equally suited to meetings or presentations, our first floor Work Room is full of character. Original brickwork and views of Tullie House gardens complement easy access to our kitchen facilities. Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated, and a digital display screen can be provided.

Room hire prices

IT Lab

Fourteen fixed-point PCs and an instructor’s PC and smart-podium furnish this spacious lab, which is suitable for training courses or group work. IT support services including software installation can be made available; please enquire for details.

How to find us

We are located in Carlisle city centre, at:

4-5 Paternoster Row, Carlisle, CA3 8TT

A map can be found on Google here. If you are driving, please take a look at the CBIC parking advice document for details on parking in the vicinity.

Should you wish to enquire about visiting CBIC, or have any questions about the services we offer, please email us or call us on 01228 888740.

We look forward to welcoming you.