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Cumbria LEP publishes annual report

– 19 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has published its annual report for 2017-18. The comprehensive 48 page document features a wide range of project updates and developments across the county’s geographical areas and key industry sectors, showing how the LEP and its partners are working together and investing in economic growth

Cumbria LEP seeks talented female business leaders to join its board

– 16 November 2018

Cumbria LEP is calling on leading local business women to come forward and join its board. The LEP is looking to recruit excellent female business leaders from Cumbria’s business community to strengthen representation on its Board. Applications are also sought from those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Local SMEs to be offered fully-funded support and grants to accelerate business growth

– 15 November 2018

A new £20 million initiative, designed to embed advanced digital technology across the North West’s manufacturing sector to boost productivity, has been officially launched. Cumbrian companies which get involved in the project will get the chance to access fully-funded support and advice regarding how industrial digital technologies (IDT), including robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and the Internet of Things (IoT), could revolutionise their manufacturing processes.

Cumbria LEP appoints Careers Hub manager

– 9 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has appointed Caroline Ledward to take forward the development of the county’s Careers Hub and help transform careers education for young people. The Cumbria Careers Hub project, one of only 20 to be piloted in England, is designed to improve the quality of careers education and guidance and give young people more and better access to effective work experiences by connecting schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers.

Cumbria LEP welcomes Highways England consultation for expansion of A595

– 2 November 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is announcing the launch of a Highways England public consultation to cut congestion and improve safety for drivers on the A595.
As part of the Department for Transport’s commitment to investment in the North with spending over £13bn through to 2020, Cumbria’s crucial road links are set to benefit from major investment, delivering safer, faster, and more reliable journeys.

Cumbria LEP encourages supply chain businesses to attend offshore wind event

– 25 October 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is encouraging local firms to exploit the county’s burgeoning offshore wind capabilities and attend an event to learn more about how they can benefit from supply chain opportunities.

Cumbria Constabulary to host events to help businesses protect employees from domestic abuse

– 24 October 2018

Cumbria Constabulary is hosting three events to support employers in assessing and managing the risk of domestic abuse faced by employees. Employers have a responsibility for the safety of employees and have protocols in place to assist with personnel issues and care for the wellbeing of staff, but very few address issues such as domestic abuse. In 2011 one third of domestic violence homicides happened on workplace grounds.

Cumbria LEP announces second stage consultation on new Local Industrial Strategy

– 18 October 2018

Cumbria LEP is to hold its second round of consultation on the county’s new Local Industrial Strategy. The strategy will outline how the LEP will work in partnership to deliver economic growth, prosperity and productivity improvements in Cumbria. An outline draft is now being prepared for a further round of consultation at the end of October.

New funding rounds open to develop R&D, carbon reduction and resource efficiency projects

– 15 October 2018

Three new rounds of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have opened to help Cumbrian businesses take forward Research & Development (R&D), carbon reduction and resource efficiency projects. £8.7m in total is being made available to help support the county’s continuing drive to develop stronger R&D capabilities and move towards a more energy efficient, low carbon economy. The latest ERDF funding calls are open until 23 November 2018.

Cumbria LEP appoints three new private sector board members

– 11 October 2018

Cumbria LEP has appointed Graham Booth, Dr Steve Curl and Mike Smith OBE to join its team as new private sector board members, taking the board structure to 16 in all and increasing private sector membership to ten.

Cumbria Tourism Business Health Check Survey

– 5 October 2018

Cumbria Tourism is asking tourism related businesses to complete its Business Performance Survey. The survey is undertaken twice a year and it gives Cumbria Tourism a really valuable snapshot of the state of the sector.

LEP sets out future plans at well attended AGM.

– 3 October 2018

Over 70 business people and public and voluntary and community sector partners attended Cumbria LEP’s 2018 AGM, which included a series of presentations on the LEP’s activities to date, alongside its future plans focused on the emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

You are invited to our AGM on September 28th

– 14 September 2018

Cumbria LEP is holding an open Annual General Meeting. This public event will be of particular interest to Cumbrian businesses, public and voluntary and community sector partners, is to be held on Friday 28 September 2018 at Cumbria LEP’s Conference & Business Centre, Redhills, Penrith.

Cumbrian firms encouraged to enter Queen’s Awards

– 28 August 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is encouraging local firms to apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Billed as the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, they recognise and encourage the outstanding achievements of UK businesses in the fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Leading Cumbrian firms join powerhouse export initiative

– 17 August 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the news that two of the county’s leading firms and global exporters, New Balance UK and Playdale, have joined the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme.

Local Industrial strategy consultation events: ideas and feedback

– 8 August 2018

“Cumbria needs to attract more people of working age; encourage more young people to stay in the county and improve the workforce’s skill levels.”

Sellafield Ltd representative joins board of Cumbria LEP

– 16 July 2018

Rebecca Weston, Enterprise Director at Sellafield Ltd, has joined the board of Cumbria LEP. Rebecca has wide experience across Sellafield Ltd having held senior leadership positions in Operations, Technical and Commercial. As Enterprise Director, she is responsible for Strategy and Planning, as well as Corporate Affairs and Transformation.

Cumbria gets green light for Careers Hub to help transform careers education

– 11 July 2018

Cumbria LEP has been working with the Careers and Enterprise Company and local education and skills partners, employers and stakeholders on a bid to establish the county’s own Careers Hub which will help transform careers education for young people. It has been announced that Cumbria will host one of the 20 Careers Hubs to be piloted in England.

Green plan for business efficiency and low carbon energy generation

– 5 July 2018

A green energy plan for Cumbria is being developed to help local businesses and residents become more energy efficient and encourage more low carbon energy generation. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is working with the Carbon Trust on proposals for a bespoke local energy plan for the county.

Cumbria makes strong showing at national careers and enterprise awards

– 5 July 2018

Cumbria’s increasingly influential work in careers development and support for young people has been highlighted by three accolades at a national awards ceremony.
The county picked up ‘best in class’ careers provision honours – two regional and one national category win – at the Careers and Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018.

Creating an Energy Coast Line fit for the future

– 4 July 2018

A tangible first step has been taken towards upgrading the Cumbrian coastal railway line, with the submission of an early stage business case to the Department of Transport for funding for improvements to the line.

Getting your voice heard – Shaping Cumbria’s Economic Future

– 2 July 2018

Businesses and organisations across Cumbria are being invited to join the Cumbia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at four upcoming consultation events across the county, at which they can have their voice heard on Cumbria’s economic priorities through to 2030.

Nuclear sector deal hailed as a major economic boost for Cumbria

– 28 June 2018

The nuclear sector deal announced by the Government is set to bring major economic benefits to Cumbria, with the nuclear industry and Government working together to deliver an agreed action plan running up to 2030. It will also be an integral part of the new Local Industrial Strategy currently being developed for Cumbria.

Towards a brighter future for Cumbria’s young people

– 28 June 2018

Young people in Cumbria will be able to make a great start to their working lives, thanks to a new careers strategy being developed. The strategy will make sure that all young people understand all of the career opportunities available to them in Cumbria.

Shaping Cumbria’s Future

– 27 June 2018

The Cumbria LEP is calling on local organisations to help shape the county’s future by taking part in important consultation events that will decide Cumbria’s economic priorities through to 2030.

BEIS looking for ideas for new Business Basics Fund

– 27 June 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will soon be opening the Business Basics Fund: a new fund aimed at testing ways of getting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to take up technology and business practices that can help them become productive

Cumbria LEP appoints Lord Inglewood as new Chair of its Board

– 25 June 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed Lord Inglewood as the new private sector Chair of its Board. Lord Inglewood is a Cumbrian Member of the House of Lords and the current Chair of Gen2, one of the county’s leading training providers.

Cumbrian businesses given chance to see benefits of VR technology

– 13 June 2018

Businesses and organisations in Cumbria are being given a first-hand opportunity to see how virtual reality (VR) technology can bring their products, services and projects to life.

The LEP is not seeking any further applications for membership of its Board

– 8 June 2018

The LEP is not currently seeking any further applications for membership of its Board.  An advert appeared in the June edition of In Cumbria magazine asking people to apply, however the advert appeared in error.  We would like to apologise to anyone who has applied to be a member of our Board, or who has been inconvenienced in any way.

Official opening of new £1.2m transport hub for Maryport

– 5 June 2018

With funding from Cumbria LEP, Cumbria County Council has delivered the new Maryport Railway Station transport hub which aims to encourage people to travel by train along the Cumbrian Coast, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to the station.