Cumbria LEP is developing the new Cumbria Local Industrial Strategy which will decide the county’s economic priorities through to 2030.

We want to work in partnership to develop the strategy which will highlight Cumbria’s strengths and make a compelling case to Government and the private sector for investment in the county.

So we are keen to hear from a wide range of organisations, including businesses, councils, colleges, universities, schools, the NHS, the police, the fire service, charities and groups that represent particular sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, tourism, nuclear and agriculture.

The Government has said that Local Industrial Strategies need to be based on its five foundations of productivity: innovative ideas, people and jobs, major infrastructure upgrades, business environment and places for more prosperous communities. Click here to find out more.

The Government also wants the strategies to address its four grand challenges: growing the artificial intelligence and data driven economy; shifting towards green growth; shaping the future of mobility and meeting the needs of an aging society.

We are calling on local organisations to help shape the county’s future by taking part in important consultation events and giving their views on what should be included in the new strategy. The aim is to develop a really high-quality Local Industrial Strategy that showcases Cumbria’s strengths to Government and potential investors.

There is still time to submit your views on Cumbria’s new Local Industrial Strategy.  You can view the draft document here and complete the associated questionnaire here.  Please email your questionnaire response to us at [email protected] with Local Industrial Strategy in your email heading.  Alternatively, you can submit your views via our online form here.

Second round of consultation

In October and November 2018, we held the second round of consultation on the county’s new Local Industrial Strategy, with consultation events as follows:

  • Wednesday 31 October: LEP Conference & Business Centre, Redhills, Penrith (9:30am – 1.30pm)
  • Thursday 1 November: The Queen Katherine School, Kendal (9:30am – 1.30pm)

Following this round of consultation events, a further draft of the new Local Industrial Strategy is being produced for ongoing consultation through to the development of the full draft document in March 2019.  In the meantime, if you would like to give us your views on the Local Industrial Strategy, please contact us here.

First round of consultation

The first stage of development involved gathering evidence about the Cumbrian economy, ideas about the potential strategy and preparing papers on each of the Government’s five foundations of productivity.  The first round of consultation events took place in the summer of 2018 as follows:

  • Monday 9 July: Carlisle College (9am – 12 noon)
  • Tuesday 10 July: Lakes College new Nuclear College building (9am – 12 noon)
  • Wednesday 11 July: Furness College (9am – 12 noon)
  • Wednesday 11 July: Kendal College (1:30pm – 4:30pm)

The events provided an overview of Cumbria’s economy, strengths, opportunities and challenges and invited attendees to provide suggestions as to how these can best be addressed.  The events were very well attended by colleagues from the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. Notes about the feedback and ideas that came out of the events can be viewed here.

The Local Industrial Strategy will replace Cumbria LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, which currently sets out how the county’s economy can deliver jobs, business growth, improved skills, new infrastructure, housing and a range of other economic benefits. To view the Strategic Economic Plan, click here.