Latest news on Cumbria LEP developments.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership works with a wide range of local partners to deliver key investments across the county and to press Cumbria’s economic case with regional and national agencies and central government departments. You can keep up to date with all our latest news here:


Business energy and industry minister meets with Cumbria LEP Board

– 23 May 2018

The Minister for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Richard Harrington MP, has met with the Board of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss the LEP’s shared ambition for Cumbria and some of the key initiatives needed to deliver it.

Flagship investment approaches completion at Barrow Waterfront

– 1 May 2018

Site reclamation and improvement work to transform derelict land into a new business park for employment and advanced manufacturing growth in Barrow is nearing completion.

Cumbria LEP appoints new CEO

– 19 April 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has appointed a new chief executive with experience of leading and delivering some of the largest and most complex investment programmes in the UK.

Cumbria LEP welcomes county’s successful bid for cultural regeneration funding

– 28 March 2018

Cumbria LEP has welcomed the news that its submission to a £15m Government fund aimed at showcasing the north of England has proved successful.

Cumbria LEP is seeking four additional private sector board members

– 27 March 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, is to strengthen its private sector leadership with the recruitment of four new Board members from the private sector.

Cumbria LEP is looking for a new Chair of the board

– 26 March 2018

Cumbria LEP is looking for a new Chair of the board. This is an opportunity for an experienced business leader to become a Chair of the Cumbria LEP and play a pivotal role in determining its activities to grow the local economy and create new jobs. Closing date for applications, 30th April. Interviews will be held week commencing 14th May.

Cumbria LEP to make changes to governance and structure

– 22 March 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is to implement a series of changes to strengthen its governance and transparency, and to increase private sector representation on its board.

First NPIF – Maven Equity Finance investment in Cumbria

– 20 March 2018

NPIF – Maven Equity Finance has announced an investment of £603,000 in Kendal based firm Coeus Software Ltd.

Carlisle Lake District Airport unveils airline partner

– 13 March 2018

Travellers can look forward to flights connecting Carlisle and the Lake District with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from June 4, with Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) unveiling Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, as its airline partner.

Logistical training solutions to meet employer needs

– 27 February 2018

A Cumbrian training company is working with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure more local people can obtain relevant qualifications to develop careers in the county’s logistics sector.

English Lake District China Forum seeks to extend membership

– 20 February 2018

A group of ten Lake District businesses which have been working together to attract more Chinese visitors is seeking to extend its membership across Cumbria.

Lake District partners seek improvements for Windermere station

– 18 January 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, is to work with key partners in the Lake District in 2018 on plans to transform Windermere railway station into a World Heritage site gateway.

Cumbria LEP commences recruitment process for new chair

– 18 January 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has commenced its search for a new Chair of its board, to be recruited from the private sector.

Cumbria LEP welcomes Moorside project developments

– 18 December 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed NuGen’s confirmation that the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is the preferred bidder to invest in the Moorside nuclear power plant development.

Cumbria LEP chair to stand down after seven years in post

– 18 December 2017

The chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, George Beveridge, is to step down from the role after seven years, during which time he has helped to implement a multi-million-pound programme of economic development projects around the county.

Future workforce conference for Cumbrian employers

– 18 December 2017

Employers and partners involved in education and skills in Cumbria came together recently in a bid to help young people gain a clearer understanding of the opportunities open to them in the world of work.

£6m fund in place to help develop Cumbria’s low carbon economy

– 18 December 2017

A new round of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been launched to help develop Cumbria’s low carbon economy and renewable energy resources.

Cumbria LEP welcomes industrial strategy white paper

– 18 November 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the publication of the Government’s industrial strategy white paper, its emphasis on people and places, and strong signals from Whitehall that it is firmly committed to strengthening the LEP’s role to support local economic growth.

Future Workforce conference for Cumbrian employers

– 18 November 2017

Employers in Cumbria are coming together in a bid to help young people gain a clearer understanding of the opportunities open to them in the world of work.

Cumbria LEP backs major arts project for Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

– 18 November 2017

An ambitious multi-venue arts project in the Lake District has won support from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership in its bid to secure a share of a new £15m Government fund aimed at showcasing the north of England.

Cumbria LEP promotes the case for major transport investments

– 18 October 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is pressing for additional investment in key transport projects for the county, with the submission of evidence based businesses cases to national infrastructure planning bodies for road and rail improvements.

Grow your business with Cumbria LEP and Google

– 18 October 2017

Small businesses in Cumbria are to have a free opportunity to boost their on-line marketing potential.

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

– 18 October 2017

With a balanced mix between setting out new strategies for economic growth and delivering projects on the ground from investments already committed, this newsletter highlights key areas of our work and successes.

NPIF secures first Cumbria investment

– 18 October 2017

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has facilitated a £40,000 loan to training services provider NC Training, marking NPIF’s first investment in the Cumbria region since it was launched earlier this year.

Cumbria LEP chair speaks at ministerial event

– 18 October 2017

The chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has delivered a welcome speech at a ministerial gathering in London to discuss skills, employment, economic development activity and future funding opportunities.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership adds to skills team

– 18 October 2017

Cumbria’s strategic economic body has appointed two sector skills managers to take forward key elements of the county’s skills investment plan.

Archive (February 2011 – September 2017)

– 18 September 2017

An archive of all News items from February 2011 – September 2017.