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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

 

Join our Board and help shape the county’s future 

We are looking to recruit at least two new board directors from the private sector to help shape the county’s economic future.

The board positions offer unique, challenging and rewarding opportunities for experienced, forward thinking business leaders.

Successful candidates will help influence key decisions aimed at delivering growth, jobs and prosperity for Cumbria’s economy.

We are looking for people with significant experience in an ownership or senior managerial capacity within a business organisation.  They will also have a proven track record of providing strategic leadership, achieving business objectives and operating effectively at board level.

For more information see Private Sector Board Member Recruitment Info

 

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

 

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 Report

 

 

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