Cumbria’s final draft Local Industrial Strategy submitted to government

At its Board meeting on 29 March the Cumbria LEP Board agreed that the final draft of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) should be submitted to government to open the consultation on this.

The draft has been developed by a comprehensive consultation process and has benefited from input by a wide range of businesses, public sector and voluntary and community sector partners, with hundreds of partners attending the consultation events outlined below.

The Local Industrial Strategy aims to maximise Cumbria’s economic opportunities and address those challenges that will reduce our growth potential. It will guide Cumbria’s economic priorities through until 2030. The Local Industrial Strategy operates on the twin platforms of productivity and inclusive growth – making sure that all of our people benefit from economic growth.

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.

Next steps

The draft Local Industrial Strategy was submitted to government on 29 March. It then entered the ‘co-production’ stage, which has included further development of the Evidence Base via consultation with government’s LIS Analytical Panel and negotiation and workshop meetings with departmental leads. CLEP is currently working with government to produce a revised version of the LIS, which will follow the format adopted for the recently published LISs. Publication is likely to take place during autumn 2019.

CLEP’s Consultation Process

The Local Industrial Strategy was developed through a comprehensive seven-stage consultation process, which included three formal rounds of consultation, plus two written consultations. The consultation process has now closed, with details of the process outlined below.

Final round of consultation

The final stage consultation events on the new Local Industrial Strategy for Cumbria took place at the beginning of March.  The third and final round of consultation events and dates and times were:

  • Monday 4 March: CLEP Conference Centre, Redhills, Penrith (10am – 12 noon) – agenda
  • Monday 4 March: Lakes College, Workington (2pm – 4pm) – agenda
  • Tuesday 5 March: Westmorland Hotel, Tebay (10am – 12 noon) – agenda
  • Tuesday 5 March: Furness College, Barrow in Furness (2pm – 4pm) – agenda.

Third round of consultation

Participants were able to continue to submit their views on Cumbria’s new Local Industrial Strategy until 14 December 2018. This stage of the consultation is now closed.

You can view the draft document for this round of consultation here and the associated questionnaire from this stage of the consultation 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.

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.