Local Cumbria Enterprise Partnership

General enquiries: 01768 212858 or [email protected]

Booking enquiries: 01768 212858 or [email protected] 

Business space & Conference centre: [email protected]

Address: Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria. CA11 0DT

LEP staff

Jo Lappin: CEO: [email protected]

Corinne Watson, Head of Programme Management, Business Support Lead:  07970 729968  [email protected]

Craig Ivison, Head of Employment & Skills: 01768 212858 [email protected]

David Hughes, Head of Infrastructure: 07734 401769 [email protected]

Ken McEwan, Head of Sectors: 07557 017121 [email protected]

John Reynolds, Head of Communications: 01768 212864    [email protected]

Jon Power, Internationalisation Manager: 07979 800615 [email protected]

Caroline Ledward, Careers Hub Manager: 07717 866857 [email protected]

Maisie Hunt, Head of Secretariat: 07979 795547 [email protected]

Liz Watson, Senior Programme Manager: 07717 630473 [email protected]

Lucy Clarke, Media and Communications Officer: 07767 758915 [email protected]

Lynsey Parke, Enterprise Co-Ordinator: 07867 152617 [email protected]

Alison Beard, Enterprise Co-Ordinator:  07767 902676 [email protected]

Jen Hewitt, PA and Office Manager: 07979 844877 [email protected]



Getting involved

The ongoing active engagement of private sector businesses of all sizes and sectors throughout the county is fundamental to Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s success. You can get actively involved in a number of ways, including:

Expert groups

In addition to the Advisory Panel and the Cumbria Leaders’ Board, Cumbria LEP is supported by expert groups. These are made up of LEP Board members and others who bring their specialist knowledge and experience to bear on particular topics, feeding into the LEP Board. If you’d like to register your interest in contributing through an expert group, please email us at [email protected]


Working with partner organisations, Cumbria LEP undertakes email surveys to input into its activities. To ensure you are included in any future surveys please email us at [email protected]

  • Cumbria Business Growth Hub
    A focal point for businesses looking to increase their competitiveness and grow, Cumbria Business Growth Hub offers a great choice of advice, training networking and more, all tailored to your needs.

    [email protected]
    0844 257 8450

  • The Edge
    A European Social Fund project co-financed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency offering funded training solutions up to Level 4 and support to recruit apprentices to enable Cumbria to have one of the fastest growing economies in the country.


  • European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF)
    Cumbria LEP has an allocation of European Funding for the period 2014-2020, offering significant opportunities to support business growth, create jobs and improve skills levels.

    [email protected]
    ESIF Project Technical Assistance: 01900 706 000
    ESIF Strategic Technical Assistance: 01768 212858
    Higher Education Technical Assistance: 0161 234 0430

  • Cumbria Intelligence Observatory
    The aim of the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory is to bring together existing research and analysis resources throughout the county, working jointly with partners, to provide information and intelligence for Cumbria.

    [email protected]

  • Choose Cumbria
    Information about career opportunities, training, people place and work across Cumbria.

    Content enquiries: Sally Edgar 07425 621829
    Commercial enquiries: Pam McLeod 07824 303535

  • Cumbria Tourism
    The official official Destination Management Organisation for the Lake District, Cumbria, with a mission to create a world class visitor experience through effective marketing, proactive sustainable tourism development and relevant industry services.

    [email protected]
    +44 (0)1539 822 222

  • Britain's Energy Coast (BEC)
    A commercial UK based organisation that specialises in owning, operating, developing and regenerating property, and in using its profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area, especially those that support low carbon goals.

    [email protected]
    +44 (0)1946 595 200

  • Cumbria County Council
    Cumbria's county wide local authority aiming to ensure that people in Cumbria are healthy and safe, that places in Cumbria are well connected and thriving and the economy in Cumbria is growing and benefits everyone.

    +44 (0)1228 606060