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Growth Deal

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Since 2016, Cumbia LEP has invested £60.32m in 34 individual economic growth projects across Cumbria, creating new jobs, homes, infrastructure and supporting the expansion of local skills provision.

The Programme came to an end on 31 March 2021 and to date has delivered;

  • 2,001 jobs created or safeguarded.
  • £53.32m public/private investment delivered.
  • 11,223 premises with access to superfast broadband.
  • 96,673m2 premises created or refurbished.
  • 2,217 new skills opportunities.
  • 701 new homes delivered.

Once all projects are fully complete, a further 2,200 jobs are expected to be created or safeguarded, £86.63m public/private investment generated, 3,000 more learning opportunities, 2,299 new homes and 160,201m2 of new premises created.

With investments from £0.215m through to £7.178m, the Programme has supported a range of projects across the public, private and third sectors including;

  • Carlisle Airport – a £4.95m investment to develop critical airport infrastructure including runway, lighting, terminal and control tower.
  • MEC – £0.979m grant awarded to create the M-Sport Evaluation Centre, delivering a state of the art R&D facility to complement the 2.5km test track recently completed at its Dovenby HQ.
  • Civil Engineering Facility – £0.9m to support delivery of a civil engineering & plant operatives training facility at the Lakes College West Cumbria Campus at Lillyhall. The project will address critical skills gaps and support the delivery of T-Levels.
  • Dressed to Impress – £0.213m of grant to create two new viewing galleries that benefit from restored Victorian architecture. The galleries will showcase a range of outstanding costume and textiles from 1720 onwards, presented using contemporary and innovative interpretation, fit for 21st century audiences. The restored galleries will exhibit around 40 fully conserved garments.

Read more about the Growth Deal achievements

Read the CLEP Growth Deal Programme Summary


For more information, please contact Corinne Watson, Head of Programme Management: Corinne.Watson@thecumbrialep.co.uk.

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth. LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

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