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Siemens Helps Cumbrian School Reach Enterprise Education Success

– 6 November 2019

John Ruskin School in Coniston is promoting career advice and opportunities with the expertise of their new Enterprise Adviser, Mike Jeschke, from Siemens, Ulverston.

Thomas Cook Employment Fair Arrives in the North West

– 4 November 2019

On Monday 11 November, a specialist employment fair will be held at Manchester Central to support former Thomas Cook and supply chain staff from across the North West.

Kind Cumbria Day

– 30 October 2019

On the 13th of November it is World Kindness Day, where people are being encouraged to inspire others to be kinder to one another and look out for their neighbours.

Agri-Food Businesses & Brexit: October Update

– 30 October 2019

On Monday the EU27 agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit extension until 31 January 2020, meaning we will not be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019.

Businesses Invited to Explore Offshore Wind Opportunities

– 30 October 2019

Businesses are being invited to explore supply chain opportunities in the offshore wind sector in Cumbria and beyond.

Local Government Brexit Bulletin (29th October 2019)

– 29 October 2019

Welcome to the Brexit Bulletin – providing an update on recent developments relevant to local authorities and any upcoming parliamentary activity.

Applications open for Cumbria LEP’s new Futures Forum

– 23 October 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has opened applications for its new Futures Forum, providing a platform for younger people’s views on the key issues facing Cumbria’s economic growth.

Cyber Awareness Month – 28th–31st October

– 18 October 2019

To raise awareness of cyber resilience for small businesses, the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) are supporting Cyber Security Awareness Month from the 28th – 31st October, and businesses are being invited to keep up-to-date and informed on the latest risks.

Cumbria LEP Helps Steer Regional Energy Debate

– 14 October 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s Chief Executive, Jo Lappin, has been invited to Chair one of the keynote sessions at a major energy conference next month. The Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse Conference is taking place at the Bonus Arena, Hull, on November 5 and 6.

Book your place at the Northern Powerhouse Energy and Clean Growth Conference

– 8 October 2019

Cumbria LEP is delighted to invite you to attend and participate in the ‘Energy & Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse’ conference and exhibition.

Global Reach 2019 Conference Agenda Confirmed

– 8 October 2019

The confirmed conference agenda for Global Reach 2019 – one of the key international collaboration events for clean energy this year – is now available online.

Cumbria LEP moving forward in 2019

– 8 October 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) has taken place with a series of presentations on the LEP’s activities over the last twelve months, alongside its future plans focused on delivering the Local Industrial Strategy.

Cumbria Top of the Class for Careers Provision

– 1 October 2019

Careers provision within secondary schools and colleges in Cumbria is rated amongst the best in England.

The Pensions Regulator: Keep Your Letter Code to Hand

– 20 September 2019

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) are reminding new employers to keep their letter code to hand – as it’s needed to complete the declaration of compliance and access TPR’s other online tools.

TPR Highlight Requirement for Employers to Re-enrol and Re-declare

– 20 September 2019

The Pensions Regulator are asking that employers who have ceased trading – or no longer employ anyone – to contact TPR when they receive a letter from them, to avoid possible enforcement action.

Convention of the North with NP11 event on 13 September

– 9 September 2019

Don’t forget to book your place for Convention of the North with NP11 event on 13 September.

Small Business Commissioner: Helping you resolve payment disputes with larger businesses

– 4 September 2019

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) was launched in December 2017 to ensure fair payment practices for Britain’s small businesses, and support them in resolving their payment disputes with larger businesses.

Changes to VAT rules on construction services from 1 October 2019

– 3 September 2019

The VAT rules on construction services are changing from 1 October 2019 for contractors and sub-contractors. A VAT reverse charge is being introduced, which means that VAT will need to be handled and paid in a different way.

Government Contracts Finder

– 26 August 2019

Contracts Finder helps users find public sector procurement opportunities. It’s aimed at potential suppliers who are interested in doing business with government and public sector bodies.

Cumbria LEP AGM to take place next month

– 23 August 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, is holding its open Annual General Meeting next month.

We need YOU! Support for employers on education and skills

– 20 August 2019

Information for employers on work-based education programmes, including information on apprenticeships, T Levels and traineeships.

£1.3m boost for cutting-edge M-Sport Evaluation Centre

– 14 August 2019

Global motorsport business, M-Sport, has received a £1.3M investment from CLEP via the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to develop a state-of-the-art Evaluation Centre at its Dovenby Hall Estate base, near Cockermouth.

Sheffield City Region confirmed for Convention of the North with NP11

– 13 August 2019

Sheffield City Region will host the biggest ever Convention of the North with NP11 on Friday 13th September in Rotherham.

Pension re-enrolment and re-declaration: a two-stage process

– 7 August 2019

As part of an employer’s ongoing workplace pension duties, re-enrolment takes place every three years, and all employers will need to take action.

Millions could be at risk of pension scams

– 7 August 2019

The FCA and TPR have published new research which reveals millions of people could fall for pension scam tactics.

New Shadow Board of Young People set to drive forward Cumbria’s prosperity

– 6 August 2019

The CLEP is to create a Shadow Board, which will give younger people the opportunity to inform and advise the main Board on its strategy and investment decisions.

Cumbria’s new Careers Hub is top of the class

– 23 July 2019

A ground-breaking careers guidance partnership in Cumbria has out-performed other areas of England across a range of measures – less than six months after its launch!

Carlisle Lake District Airport launches with best of Cumbria on show

– 4 July 2019

Carlisle Lake District Airport has made history after launching commercial flights for the first time in more than 25 years this morning.

Funding support for Cumbrian Coastal Railway Line welcomed

– 3 July 2019

A major step forward has been taken today to support the growth of freight and passenger services on the Cumbrian Coastal Railway Line.

Employers — Support our Armed Forces Veterans

– 27 June 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is urging employers in the county to consider doing just that as the nation prepares to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday.