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Ukraine and Russia – Advice for Business

As the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, and with the introduction of sanctions on Russia, it is likely that local businesses will be impacted and will have questions.

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Aiming to create one of the fastest growing economies in the UK

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) is providing a strategic lead on all activities contributing to the county's economic growth.

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Working with our partners, we are investing over £60 million in the Cumbrian economy to stimulate economic growth.

Our pipeline of projects and significant investment packages are creating and safeguarding thousands of jobs, providing modern new business space and levering in millions of pounds of additional private sector investment.

We work to build a strong economy by tackling barriers to sustainable growth and supporting job creation for the future prosperity of communities across Cumbria.

Cumbria LEP is also working with businesses and the public and voluntary and community sectors to develop the county's new Local Industrial Strategy which will highlight Cumbria's strengths and make a compelling case to Government and the private sector for investment up to 2030.

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Cumbria Clean Energy Strategy

Consultation Draft, May 2022

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Live, Work & Invest in Cumbria

#ComeToCumbria, it's the place to be

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Business Support

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Investments

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Flagship Investments

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Barrow Waterfront

£7,178,470

Site reclamation and improvement work to transform derelict land into a business park for more employment and advanced manufacturing growth, including site clearance and levelling, decontamination work, removal of industrial debris, provision of utilities, landscaping and raised earthworks for flood protection measures.

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Infrastructure funding – devolved majors

£7,600,000

Local transport schemes to support the movement of workers across Cumbria, provide better access to sustainable travel facilities and underpin the rail led strategy for major new investments within the county. This project includes delivery of new transport ‘hubs’ in Maryport and Workington, with extended parking facilities and improvements to vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access to the railway stations.

Flagship Investments

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Optimising Connectivity 1 & 2

£2,750,000

Increasing the range of sustainable transport options available in the Lake District to improve transport links and connectivity to support business growth and a more diverse economy. The £2.75m investment over two programmes is increasing the range of sustainable transport options available in the Lake District, including highway improvement schemes in key tourist hotspots at Grasmere and for the Glebe in Windermere, the upgrading and reopening of the Keswick to Threlkeld Trail, cycleway improvements on Dunmail Raise and the creation of an off-road trail at Southern Windermere.

Flagship Investments

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Cumbria Skills and Capital Programme

£3,160,000

Meeting the skills needs of employers in the county by upgrading or creating new learning spaces and enlarging the local workforce in line with the Skills Investment Plan. The programme includes targets to increase apprenticeships and investments in training provision and facilities for advanced manufacturing, STEM and agricultural disciplines, as well as niche skills such as overhead power lines training.

Flagship Investments

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Connecting Cumbria

£3,600,000

Extending availability of Superfast Broadband technology across the county to encourage more rapid business growth, especially in rural areas.Phase 1 deployment has reached over 100,000 premises, whilst Phase 2 will extend availability to an additional 5,000 premises in more isolated rural areas with more complex technical needs. This will extend broadband coverage to approximately 95%.

Flagship Investments

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Business flood recovery grants

£2,000,000

Flood recovery work and investment in flood resilience measures following the 2015 storms, working with Cumbria County Council, the Cumbria Growth Hub, and other partners to help businesses adversely affected by flooding. This has included additional money for a Flood Recovery Grant Scheme to help hundreds of local businesses recover more quickly and start trading again.

Flagship Investments

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Furness College Advanced Manufacturing Centre

£1,126,000

Enabling students to develop skills on real-life projects for companies ranging from major employers to SMEs, it includes a metrology lab for the study of materials, learning hub, computer-aided design classrooms and an industrial-size workshop. It has space for up to 450 higher education students and 1,150 apprentices on STEM apprenticeships and HNC and degree programmes in engineering manufacturing and electrical and electronic engineering.

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Carlisle College Advanced Manufacturing Centre

£900,000

A high-tech refurbishment with a simulated production line for training, the centre will cover three distinct disciplines: Manufacturing & Fabrication, Process & Control, and Design & Prototyping. It has been designed with input on layout from key local advanced manufacturing firms to deliver an integrated, employer led curriculum in the engineering, manufacturing and processing sectors.

Flagship Investments

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M-Sport Evaluation Centre

£1,300,000

Investment supported the development of a state-of-the-art 10,723m2 Evaluation Centre. The multi-million-pound development will be the only one of its type in the UK and will see M-Sport create over 100 additional new high-value jobs once operational. In addition to the 2.5km testing track facility completed in 2017, the overall investment impact in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) to Cumbria is estimated at £24.4m by December 2025.

Flagship Investments

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SIS Pitches

£274,305

The company needed to grow both its premises and its workforce to meet increasing UK and international demand for its products. This project allowed SIS to invest in and expand its manufacturing and warehousing facilities at their factory in Maryport. The project aimed to safeguard the 42 FTE gross jobs on the site at present, as well as safeguard an estimated £1.8m in gross GVA per annum for the Cumbrian economy. In addition, future investment by the company over 5 years is expected to create 15 gross direct FTE jobs.

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James Walker Flood Defences

£2,600,000

The project installed flood defences around the James Walker & Co Ltd site in Cockermouth, Cumbria. These measures have significantly reduced the business continuity risk of a future flood event, safeguarding the 406 jobs currently employed at the site, and leading to increased investment resulting in the creation of 30 new jobs and an additional £9.8 million of capital expenditure investment in the site by James Walker over the next 5 years.

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Sectors

Maximising Cumbria’s economic strengths

Manufacturing

A major concentration of productive manufacturing and engineering activity underpins the Cumbrian Economy. Our businesses excel in wood and paper production, nuclear and maritime engineering, and rubber, plastics and food production. A well-established tradition in apprenticeships supports a vibrant manufacturing workforce, with 16,000 people currently employed in the sector.

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Clean Energy

Cumbria’s strong Clean Energy heritage will be key to reaching decarbonisation targets in the future. Our significant experience and capability in Nuclear and Offshore Wind supports a buoyant sector which together provide employment for well over 30,000 people in the County. Significant new growth can come from new developments in the next generation of new nuclear and wind energy, but also through small scale renewable energy projects, energy storage, carbon capture, development of our grid systems and other technologies.

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Construction

Cumbria is home to some of the highest quality firms in the building sector, underpinned by the largest manufacturer of bricks in the UK. Cumbria’s unique rural qualities are reflected in our build and materials quality, and in the standards of Construction in our housing and business properties. The sector’s future growth prospects are intrinsically linked to the performance of the local and national economies; however, the construction sector plays an important role in generating additional economic activity.

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Creative and Cultural

Cumbria can legitimately claim to be ‘England’s Natural Capital of Creativity and Culture’ having the most protected land of any area in England. We have a huge appetite for showcasing the creative and cultural industries and a hugely attractive place in which to develop a new cultural opportunity. This sector contributes in so many ways to the heritage of our county and will shape our future vibrancy as an amazing place to live, work and play.

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Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care Sector provides significant employment in the County with over 20,000 people currently employed in the Sector. Delivering across two healthcare footprints, the sector is driving significant innovation across Cumbria which will bring lifestyle and health benefits to our all our communities, supporting our largely rural, super-aging population.

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Logistics

Logistics act as the supporting capability that “oil the wheels” of enterprise by the movement of people and goods, joining together clusters of business within and out with the region. Although a small sector Logistics enable value generation across the whole Cumbrian economy and can help us to gain maximum benefit from our strategic position to put Cumbria “on the map" at the heart of the UK to attract investment and enable growth of new opportunities.

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Professional Services

Professional Services represents a wide range of businesses that provide essential support to all sectors, from accountancy and legal services through to veterinary and education services, linked together by people who are skilled in key professions. The county hosts significant expertise with a strong tradition of family firms delivering high quality services that keep our businesses functioning.

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Rural

Our Rural community is central to our heritage and lifestyle, having shaped Cumbria over generations to be the unique landscape recognised by UNESCO. Our agricultural communities have never been a more important part of our economy and way of life, and will be set to significantly contribute to a low carbon future and overcome the effects of climate change.

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Visitor Economy

Tourism is a key economic activity for Cumbria. Hosting two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and two national parks within it’s borders, the county attracts 47 million visits per year bringing around £3 billion to Cumbria’s economy and supporting 38,000 FTE jobs within the Sector.

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Business space with flexibility to meet your needs.

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Workshops and Masterclasses

Export Academy: Virtual Programme of 10 x 1 hour Sessions (June-July)

What will your business get from the UK Export Academy? The UK Export Academy from the Department for International Trade (DIT) gives... Read More
Export Academy: Virtual Programme of 10 x 1 hour Sessions (June-July)
05th Jul 2022

Lancaster University: Pricing with Purpose

Profitable pricing trumps cost cutting every time, yet in times of profit squeeze we always reach for the cost cutting trigger. Material... Read More
Lancaster University: Pricing with Purpose
05th Jul 2022

UoC: Step Up Step Forward - Inclusive Arts and University Partnerships

Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts (UOC) are delivering a Symposium event on Tuesday 5 July at the UOC Institute... Read More
UoC: Step Up Step Forward - Inclusive Arts and University Partnerships
05th Jul 2022

UoC: The Importance of Market Research to Innovation

A half-day in person event exploring the importance of market research for successful innovation. When early-stage companies fail... Read More
UoC: The Importance of Market Research to Innovation
07th Jul 2022

Amazon|DIT: Export Academy Masterclass - Sell to the World

Working out the steps needed to grow your business internationally can be daunting. That is where the DIT Export academy and Amazon... Read More
Amazon|DIT: Export Academy Masterclass - Sell to the World
13th Jul 2022

CLEP: Housing and Labour Supply Workshop

The Cumbria LEP has been working with partners on addressing Cumbria’s current Labour supply issues. The group responsible for... Read More
CLEP: Housing and Labour Supply Workshop
13th Jul 2022

ECO-I: Networking Forum: Buildings, Construction and Retrofit

In this workshop, you will work through practical, fit for purpose steps to equip you with real action points and tangible benefits... Read More
ECO-I: Networking Forum: Buildings, Construction and Retrofit
14th Jul 2022

CIP: CUSP II - Coaching for Innovation: Day 3 (Coaching for Resilience)

This event is part of our Innovation Coaching & Culture series. This is a structured and supported innovation programme, designed... Read More
CIP: CUSP II - Coaching for Innovation: Day 3 (Coaching for Resilience)
15th Jul 2022

CFLP: Time Management

No matter what your job title is, personal time management is key for success in the workplace and is one of the best ways to increase... Read More
CFLP: Time Management
18th Jul 2022

CGH: Grow Your Business Overseas (Webinar)

Learn from the EXPERTS and join our FREE webinar. Our packed agenda includes... Growth – Meet the Department for International... Read More
CGH: Grow Your Business Overseas (Webinar)
19th Jul 2022

An Introduction to the UK Tradeshow Programme: Q&A

If your business has a turnover of £85,000 and up to £5 million, you could be eligible for support to attend, or exhibit... Read More
An Introduction to the UK Tradeshow Programme: Q&A
19th Jul 2022

DIT: Introduction to Exporting Education Services

This session will introduce the Department for International Trade’s Education Specialists who are supporting UK organisations... Read More
DIT: Introduction to Exporting Education Services
20th Jul 2022

UoC: Jobs To Be Done - Designing Products and Services Your Customers Really Need

(Cumbria Innovations Platform in collaboration with Barclays Eagles Labs.) Why do certain products and services just click with customers... Read More
UoC: Jobs To Be Done - Designing Products and Services Your Customers Really Need
26th Jul 2022

DIT: How UK Defence & Security Exports (UK DSE) Supports SMEs to Export

UK DSE invites SMEs in all related fields related to defence, security and cyber security to attend this exciting seminar. Packed... Read More
DIT: How UK Defence & Security Exports (UK DSE) Supports SMEs to Export
27th Jul 2022

Amazon|DIT: Export Academy Masterclass II - Building your Brand and Selling to the World

Working out the steps needed to grow your business internationally can be daunting. That is where the DIT Export academy and Amazon... Read More
Amazon|DIT: Export Academy Masterclass II - Building your Brand and Selling to the World
27th Jul 2022

DIT: Export Academy Space Sector Faculty - Welcome Webinar

An introduction to the Export Academy’s Space Sector Faculty, an overview of the UK space sector and the opportunities identified... Read More
DIT: Export Academy Space Sector Faculty - Welcome Webinar
24th Aug 2022

CIP: CUSP II - Coaching for Innovation: Day 4 (Innovation by Design)

This event is part of our Innovation Coaching & Culture series. This is a structured and supported innovation programme, designed... Read More
CIP: CUSP II - Coaching for Innovation: Day 4 (Innovation by Design)
02nd Sep 2022

DIT: UK Fintech Trade Mission to Australia's Intersekt Festival

Join this trade mission to Australia for Intersekt festival; the largest annual gathering of Australia’s financial services... Read More
DIT: UK Fintech Trade Mission to Australia's Intersekt Festival
05th Sep 2022

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