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Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s vision is simple: To create one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, in an energised and healthy environment.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership provides a strategic lead in all activities contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the county’s economy and takes positive action, using the skills, capability and networks of its partners.


We have 4 priorities:

  • Advanced manufacturing growth
  • Nuclear and energy excellence
  • Vibrant rural and visitor economy
  • Strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor

These priorities are underpinned by interventions in four economic drivers:

  • Business support
  • Skills development
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Environmental sustainability


Cumbria Infrastructure Plan

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a far-reaching plan to improve the county’s infrastructure and help accelerate economic growth.

The county is facing unprecedented levels of inward investment and economic growth over the next 15 years, and infrastructure has a vital role in enhancing and supporting this growth.

The Cumbria Infrastructure Plan sets out the priorities for investment and resources to maximise economic growth.

For more information go to Cumbria Infrastructure Plan.


Cumbria Skills Investment Plan

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has announced an ambitious plan to improve skill levels, increase the county’s workforce and assist employers.

The Cumbria Skills Investment Plan sets out the employment and skills gap that the county is currently facing and the action that the Local Enterprise Partnership is proposing to meet these challenges.

To read the the Skills Investment Plan and the evidence base for the plan, press on the links Cumbria Skills Investment PlanSkills Investment Plan Evidence Base


West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study

Following an initial consultation exercise, on the West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study, the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership recently hosted an Engaged Stakeholder Reference Group meeting where the results of the consultation were presented and discussed.  For more information, see  Stakeholder Reference Group Presentation

Intervention Specific Objectives have now been drafted and are currently being considered by the Engaged Stakeholder Reference Group.

The next stage of the study will include consideration of the comments raised at the meeting and the subsequent generation of potential options for intervention. These options will be discussed within the project study team and the Intervention Specific Objectives will be finalised. These tasks will be undertaken throughout April.

Further information will be published as it becomes available.


Help for Businesses affected by flooding 

Help for SMEs

If you are a small and medium sized enterprise, i.e. you have under 250 employees, and you have been affected by the flooding and are looking for financial assistance, please contact  Cumbria Business Growth Hub www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk or telephone  0844 257 8450

Help for large businesses 
If you are large business, i.e. you have over 250 employees, and have been affected by the flooding and are looking for financial assistance, please email Graham.Haywood@cumbrialep.co.uk  or Rob@cumbriachamber.co.uk

Click here for all the latest funding opportunities currently available through Cumbria LEP and our partners.


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