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Introducing the new Made Smarter Leadership programme

– 25 March 2019

This pioneering 10 month programme is designed for business leaders of manufacturing SMEs wanting to improve their competitiveness and adopt new ways of working by embracing new technologies.

NPIF supports £184m of investment across the North in its second year

– 20 March 2019

Over the last two years, NPIF has worked with 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Combined Authorities, local accountants, fund managers and banks to provide both debt and equity finance to SMEs across the North West, Yorkshire & Humber and Tees Valley regions.

Cumbria LEP is recruiting – are you ready for your next challenge?

– 15 March 2019

Cumbria LEP is strengthening its team with the creation of five exciting new permanent job roles, plus one fixed term appointment. These jobs provide the opportunity to be a part of a growing, ambitious and effective organisation responsible for working with businesses and our partners to deliver growth, productivity and prosperity for Cumbria.

Local Government Brexit Bulletin

– 12 March 2019

This bulletin includes an update from the Local Government EU Exit Team, announcements and new guidance, and news on Parliamentary activity.

Call for business leaders to shape Cumbria’s future workforce

– 8 March 2019

Cumbria LEP is calling for more local business leaders to work with schools and colleges and help link the world of work and the world of education. The newly formed Cumbria Careers Hub is aiming to recruit more Enterprise Advisers across the county so that young people have a better understanding of the local economy and the range of careers available in Cumbria.

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government – Brexit update

– 6 March 2019

This Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Brexit update includes announcements and new guidance, an update from the Local Government EU Exit Team, latest Parliamentary activity and relevant upcoming events for Local Authorities.

Workshop for Cumbrian companies who want to grow their business

– 5 March 2019

If you are new to exporting or looking for new markets, this practical two day residential workshop will help you develop your strategy and better understand the key principles and processes of exporting.

Strategic Transport Plan launched in Cumbria

– 26 February 2019

Transport for the North Chief Executive, Barry White, joined local civic and business leaders in Cumbria for a local launch of the Strategic Transport Plan, which outlines how a £70 billion pipeline of investment would transform connectivity across the North and unlock £100 billion additional GVA and support the creation of up to 850,000 new jobs.

New support available to help small and medium-sized enterprises to grow

– 21 February 2019

Cumbria Growth Catalyst will ensure SMEs can access a wide range of business support to unlock the growth potential.

Cumbria LEP to hold final stage consultation on new Local Industrial Strategy

– 13 February 2019

Cumbria LEP is to hold its third and final round of consultation on the county’s new Local Industrial Strategy, which will highlight Cumbria’s strengths and make a compelling case to Government and the private sector for investment up to 2030.

Preparing businesses for EU Exit

– 13 February 2019

The government has created an online tool for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare.

Cumbria LEP appoints new board members

– 11 February 2019

Emma Porter and Sarah Swindley join the LEP as private sector board members, whilst Professor Patricia Livsey, the Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, joins as CLEP’s first representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Helping local people with targeted support to find work

– 7 February 2019

Inspira, Cumbria’s leading careers management and personal development organisation, has been announced as the organisation chosen to deliver the Skills Support for the Unemployed programme, awarded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of Cumbria LEP.

£2 million Business Basics Fund

– 4 February 2019

A second competition has now launched by BEIS under the Business Basics fund, with a further £2 million of funding to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt productivity-boosting technologies and management practices.

LEP chairs meet with PM

– 4 February 2019

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has met with business leaders from England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to focus on Local Industrial Strategy progress and how LEPs are tackling the grand challenges and five foundations of the Industrial Strategy.

Investment in flood resilience measures for Cumbrian manufacturing firm

– 31 January 2019

An established Cumbrian manufacturing firm is benefiting from a £2.6m investment from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to protect its premises from flooding. James Walker & Co, one of the county’s largest employers over the last 50 years, is using the investment to safeguard its site and secure the jobs of its existing workforce of over 400 employees.

Cumbria LEP launches new Careers Hub for the county

– 23 January 2019

Cumbria LEP has launched a new Careers Hub for the county, one of only 20 to be piloted in England, which will help transform careers education for young people. The Cumbria Careers Hub is a group of 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education in the county. Its objective is to better prepare our young people for the world of work.

New Apprenticeship Campaign ‘Fire It Up’ launches

– 18 January 2019

The Department for Education has launched its new ‘Fire it Up’ campaign to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

BEIS update on preparing for EU exit

– 14 January 2019

An update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: The government is taking the steps to prepare for the UK leaving the European Union and is working to ensure that businesses have the information they need to be ready.

Guidance to support businesses in preparing for Brexit

– 21 December 2018

Government has now published new assets to support businesses and individuals in preparing for EU Exit. The ‘Preparing for EU Exit’ website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.

Businesses asked to have their say on Brexit preparations

– 21 December 2018

Local Enterprise Partnerships have been asked to assist in Government’s Brexit planning by asking businesses to complete the survey questions below.

Cumbria LEP seeks new governance members

– 20 December 2018

Cumbria LEP is opening recruitment for new members to join its governance bodies and work with existing sub-Board members on its new governance structure.

Cumbria LEP welcomes additional support for skills development

– 7 December 2018

New guidance and support announced by the Department for Education is to help match skills to jobs, with the LEP’s People, Employment and Skills Strategy Group aligned to deliver the role set out for Skills Advisory Panels.

College principal joins board of Cumbria LEP

– 29 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College Andrew Wren to join its Board. Mr Wren joined Furness College as Principal and Chief Executive in September 2015. During his first year, he led the successful merger of Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College, securing the breadth of post-16 education in Furness.

Still time to contribute to Cumbria’s new Local Industrial Strategy

– 28 November 2018

Cumbrian businesses and public and voluntary and community sector partners across the county are still being encouraged to contribute to the development of the new Local Industrial Strategy (LIS). Cumbria LEP’s consultation on the new strategy is continuing to make sure that all partners are involved in helping to shape the county’s future economic growth.

Cumbria LEP autumn newsletter 2018

– 26 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has published its autumn newsletter. This includes updates on the Local Industrial Strategy, as well as information about strengthening governance and the composition of the LEP Board. The newsletter also features latest transport and skills developments and access to more detailed information in the LEP’s annual report.

Cumbria LEP publishes annual report

– 19 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has published its annual report for 2017-18. The comprehensive 48 page document features a wide range of project updates and developments across the county’s geographical areas and key industry sectors, showing how the LEP and its partners are working together and investing in economic growth

Cumbria LEP seeks talented female business leaders to join its board

– 16 November 2018

Cumbria LEP is calling on leading local business women to come forward and join its board. The LEP is looking to recruit excellent female business leaders from Cumbria’s business community to strengthen representation on its Board. Applications are also sought from those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Local SMEs to be offered fully-funded support and grants to accelerate business growth

– 15 November 2018

A new £20 million initiative, designed to embed advanced digital technology across the North West’s manufacturing sector to boost productivity, has been officially launched. Cumbrian companies which get involved in the project will get the chance to access fully-funded support and advice regarding how industrial digital technologies (IDT), including robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and the Internet of Things (IoT), could revolutionise their manufacturing processes.

Cumbria LEP appoints Careers Hub manager

– 9 November 2018

Cumbria LEP has appointed Caroline Ledward to take forward the development of the county’s Careers Hub and help transform careers education for young people. The Cumbria Careers Hub project, one of only 20 to be piloted in England, is designed to improve the quality of careers education and guidance and give young people more and better access to effective work experiences by connecting schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers.