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Cumbria LEP appoints Lord Inglewood as new Chair of its Board

– 25 June 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed Lord Inglewood as the new private sector Chair of its Board. Lord Inglewood is a Cumbrian Member of the House of Lords and the current Chair of Gen2, one of the county’s leading training providers.

Cumbrian businesses given chance to see benefits of VR technology

– 13 June 2018

Businesses and organisations in Cumbria are being given a first-hand opportunity to see how virtual reality (VR) technology can bring their products, services and projects to life.

The LEP is not seeking any further applications for membership of its Board

– 8 June 2018

The LEP is not currently seeking any further applications for membership of its Board.  An advert appeared in the June edition of In Cumbria magazine asking people to apply, however the advert appeared in error.  We would like to apologise to anyone who has applied to be a member of our Board, or who has been inconvenienced in any way.

Official opening of new £1.2m transport hub for Maryport

– 5 June 2018

With funding from Cumbria LEP, Cumbria County Council has delivered the new Maryport Railway Station transport hub which aims to encourage people to travel by train along the Cumbrian Coast, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to the station.

LEP supported conference a success for Cumbrian transport employers

– 1 June 2018

Cumbria Transport Group (CTG) welcomed over 50 guests to its inaugural transport and logistics conference at Cumbria LEP’s business and conference centre in Penrith to discuss and tackle key issues facing local transport employers.

Partners seek to improve Cumbria’s rural economy

– 31 May 2018

Response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation on the future wellbeing of the county’s rural economy, including food production, farming and protection of the environment post-Brexit.

Cumbria LEP newsletter May 2018

– 24 May 2018

Cumbria LEP’s newsletter highlights some of our work, key projects and business support opportunities. If you wish to receive our newsletter, and any other LEP mailings, please email us at [email protected]

Business energy and industry minister meets with Cumbria LEP Board

– 23 May 2018

The Minister for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Richard Harrington MP, has met with the Board of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss the LEP’s shared ambition for Cumbria and some of the key initiatives needed to deliver it.

NPIF loan for Cumbrian artisan cheese maker

– 10 May 2018

Cumbrian firm Appleby Creamery, an artisan cheese maker, has secured a loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to carry out alterations to their newly acquired, much larger industrial unit and to move into new international markets including China and the USA.

Flagship investment approaches completion at Barrow Waterfront

– 1 May 2018

Site reclamation and improvement work to transform derelict land into a new business park for employment and advanced manufacturing growth in Barrow is nearing completion.

Cumbria LEP appoints new CEO

– 19 April 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has appointed a new chief executive with experience of leading and delivering some of the largest and most complex investment programmes in the UK.

Cumbria LEP welcomes county’s successful bid for cultural regeneration funding

– 28 March 2018

Cumbria LEP has welcomed the news that its submission to a £15m Government fund aimed at showcasing the north of England has proved successful.

Cumbria LEP is seeking four additional private sector board members

– 27 March 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, is to strengthen its private sector leadership with the recruitment of four new Board members from the private sector.

Cumbria LEP is looking for a new Chair of the board

– 26 March 2018

Cumbria LEP is looking for a new Chair of the board. This is an opportunity for an experienced business leader to become a Chair of the Cumbria LEP and play a pivotal role in determining its activities to grow the local economy and create new jobs. Closing date for applications, 30th April. Interviews will be held week commencing 14th May.

Cumbria LEP to make changes to governance and structure

– 22 March 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is to implement a series of changes to strengthen its governance and transparency, and to increase private sector representation on its board.

First NPIF – Maven Equity Finance investment in Cumbria

– 20 March 2018

NPIF – Maven Equity Finance has announced an investment of £603,000 in Kendal based firm Coeus Software Ltd.

Carlisle Lake District Airport unveils airline partner

– 13 March 2018

Travellers can look forward to flights connecting Carlisle and the Lake District with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from June 4, with Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) unveiling Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, as its airline partner.

Logistical training solutions to meet employer needs

– 27 February 2018

A Cumbrian training company is working with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure more local people can obtain relevant qualifications to develop careers in the county’s logistics sector.

English Lake District China Forum seeks to extend membership

– 20 February 2018

A group of ten Lake District businesses which have been working together to attract more Chinese visitors is seeking to extend its membership across Cumbria.

Lake District partners seek improvements for Windermere station

– 18 January 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, is to work with key partners in the Lake District in 2018 on plans to transform Windermere railway station into a World Heritage site gateway.

Cumbria LEP commences recruitment process for new chair

– 18 January 2018

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has commenced its search for a new Chair of its board, to be recruited from the private sector.

Cumbria LEP welcomes Moorside project developments

– 18 December 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed NuGen’s confirmation that the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is the preferred bidder to invest in the Moorside nuclear power plant development.

Cumbria LEP chair to stand down after seven years in post

– 18 December 2017

The chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, George Beveridge, is to step down from the role after seven years, during which time he has helped to implement a multi-million-pound programme of economic development projects around the county.

Future workforce conference for Cumbrian employers

– 18 December 2017

Employers and partners involved in education and skills in Cumbria came together recently in a bid to help young people gain a clearer understanding of the opportunities open to them in the world of work.

£6m fund in place to help develop Cumbria’s low carbon economy

– 18 December 2017

A new round of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been launched to help develop Cumbria’s low carbon economy and renewable energy resources.

Cumbria LEP welcomes industrial strategy white paper

– 18 November 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the publication of the Government’s industrial strategy white paper, its emphasis on people and places, and strong signals from Whitehall that it is firmly committed to strengthening the LEP’s role to support local economic growth.

Future Workforce conference for Cumbrian employers

– 18 November 2017

Employers in Cumbria are coming together in a bid to help young people gain a clearer understanding of the opportunities open to them in the world of work.

Cumbria LEP backs major arts project for Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

– 18 November 2017

An ambitious multi-venue arts project in the Lake District has won support from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership in its bid to secure a share of a new £15m Government fund aimed at showcasing the north of England.

Cumbria LEP promotes the case for major transport investments

– 18 October 2017

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is pressing for additional investment in key transport projects for the county, with the submission of evidence based businesses cases to national infrastructure planning bodies for road and rail improvements.

Grow your business with Cumbria LEP and Google

– 18 October 2017

Small businesses in Cumbria are to have a free opportunity to boost their on-line marketing potential.