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Cumbrian entries sought for High Street Awards

– 25 June 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) is supporting an appeal from Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, for communities to celebrate their high streets and learn how to succeed in a rapidly changing retail environment.

UKRI Strength in Places Fund available up to £50,000

– 19 June 2019

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund.

Half million pound funding boost for Cumbrian firm

– 14 June 2019

A leading Cumbrian firm is benefitting from a half million pound investment from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership that will help it expand and create up to 20 new jobs.

Employers – know your pensions responsibilities

– 5 June 2019

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is targeting its new wave of compliance checks at employers across the UK who are suspected to be non-compliant with their automatic enrolment duties.

Cumbrian firms encouraged to apply for Queen’s Award

– 29 May 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is encouraging local firms to apply for the 2020 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Give An Hour to help shape career choices

– 23 May 2019

Would you be prepared to give an hour of your working week to help Cumbrian youngsters shape their future careers? Cumbrian businesses are being invited to support a programme to help young people in the county’s schools and colleges do just that.

Cumbria LEP appoints new Deputy Chair

– 20 May 2019

Jim Jackson, Chief Executive of Fourwinds60 Consulting Ltd., is the new Deputy Chair of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP).

Cumbria LEP seeks business leaders to join Board

– 15 May 2019

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is looking to recruit two leading local business people to complete its new-look Board structure.

Cumbrian Launch of Made Smarter Programme

– 15 April 2019

If you are a maker or creator with any ideas or questions about how to innovate, digitise or upgrade your systems and technology generally – come along to learn about how Made Smarter can support your journey with access to expert advice on how to approach technologies such as additive manufacturing, sensors, big data, and virtual reality.

Cumbria LEP collaborates with ‘Walking With The Wounded’ for Cumbrian Challenge 2019

– 11 April 2019

Cumbria LEP is proud to be working in collaboration with the military not-for-profit ‘Walking With The Wounded’, supporting hard-to-reach veterans into roles outside of the military.

UKRI confirms SIPF Wave 2 launch in coming months

– 6 April 2019

There will be a series of stakeholder events across the UK, including in Newcastle on Wednesday 15th May, Sheffield on Wednesday 29th May, Birmingham on Friday 7th June and Liverpool on Wednesday 12th June.

Newly Launched British Business Finance Hub

– 2 April 2019

The British Business Bank Finance Hub is designed to help businesses understand the financial landscape and ultimately access the right finance for their growth potential.

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.