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Cumbria LEP website

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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


Growth Deal 3 Submission

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has submitted its bid proposals for Growth Deal 3 funding from central government.

The ambitious submission to accelerate Cumbria’s economic growth could help create over 5,500 gross jobs, lever in over £388m of additional investment, develop over 600,000 square metres of business space and fund infrastructure work for new homes.

Growth Deal 3 is the government’s latest local growth funding round for projects aligned with regional strategic economic plans.

Cumbria LEP’s bid is for approximately £165m of additional investment.

Priority projects include major investments in nuclear technology, agriculture, tourism, skills, site and transport infrastructure, improving connectivity and flood resilience.

For more information see Cumbria LEP Growth Deal 3 Submission


 Annual Report 2016

We have now published our Annual Report for 2016. It includes information on

  • Cumbria’s economic priories, drivers and growth targets
  • Our Growth Deal investment programmes and future proposals
  •  Skills and infrastructure planning
  • Details of Regional Growth Fund grants to local businesses

To read the Annual Report see LEP 2016 Annual Report


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


Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Conference & Business Centre

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Conference & Business Centre is located in pleasant surroundings on the outskirts of Penrith, just a couple of minutes from the M6 (J40).

We have rooms that hold up to 100 people, which can be set out however you require. You can be assured of great value, quality and price.

We currently also have premises available for rent in our Business Centre.

For more information, go to Conference facilities & business premises

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


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