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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

 

Annual Report 2017

We have now published our Annual Report for 2017. It includes information on how over £60m of Growth Deal funding is being allocated, and the benefits these investments will bring to the county. It also highlights the progress on that has been made on key projects, and showcases business success stories. The Annual Report also introduces our new  Board members.

To read the Annual Report go to LEP 2017 Annual Report

 

Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan 

In consultation with partners, representative organisations and rural businesses across the whole of Cumbria, Cumbria LEP has produced a Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan.

It aims to tap into the vibrancy of rural communities and ensure market growth in areas such as the food and drink sector and tourism excellence in outdoor activities, events, festivals, attractions and accommodation. It will help underpin future investment by both the public and private sectors, with identified, specific opportunities for growth and a list of stated priorities for both the rural and visitor economies. For more information, see Cumbria Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan

 

Industrial Strategy Consultation  

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has responded to the consultation on the government’s Industrial Strategy, giving its strong support to the proposals.

To see the response in full, go to  Industrial Strategy Consultation Response

 

Growth Deal 3 projects 

Cumbria was allocated £12.7 million of Growth Deal 3 funding from the Government.

This funding comes on top of the £47.7m already secured in previous Growth Deal rounds, which could see 4,000 jobs created, 3,000 homes built and attract £100 million extra investment over the next 5 years.

The new investment programmes that will be funded are:

Lillyhall North – £5,000,000 to develop the employment site, create and safeguard jobs and provide new workspace

Whitehaven Town Centre – £4,500,000 investment for commercial office development

Carlisle Station Gateway and the Citadels – £1,000,000 investment for commercial development

Skills Capital 2 – £1,160,000 to deliver Cumbria Skills Implementation Plan projects and support Area-Based Review process

Growing Our Potential 2 – £1,000,000 for grants to help small business

 

Delivering the Four-Pronged Attack: Cumbria’s Strategic Investment Plan

The Cumbria Strategic Economic Plan for 2014-2024 recognises Cumbria’s potential to become one of the fastest growing economies in the UK.

Cumbria’s Strategic Investment Plan sets out our strategic approach to investment and priorities for the next five years, in particular the role of the Growth Deal in supporting growth and Cumbria’s contribution to the UK economy.

For more information see Delivering the Four-Pronged Attack

 

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

 

M6 Corridor Strategic Infrastructure Prospectus

Cumbria benefits from a strong north-south transport spine being served by both the M6 motorway and 
the West Coast Mainline. These links are of strategic importance, ensuring our position in the heart of the UK and its dynamic northern powerhouse; while also helping the continued growth and diversification of our economy.

This prospectus seeks to highlight the far-reaching opportunities presented by the corridor but also the critical need for infrastructure investment and support by partners if the corridor’s full potential is to be realised.  To read the prospectus go to Cumbria M6 Corridor Strategic Infrastructure Prospectus


West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study

The West of M6 Connectivity Study has been undertaken on behalf of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England.

The purpose of the study was to examine the issues and constraints associated with the strategic road connectivity of the Port of Workington, and the route capability, resilience and reliability of the A595, A590 and A66 to the west of the M6.

The report presents the results of the Option Assessment undertaken on schemes that have been prioritised for further development work. The prioritisation process and  scheme assessment work is documented in this report along with details of the study approach, objective setting and the next steps for taking schemes forward.

To read the report, go to West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study Report

 

 

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