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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


Cumbria LEP is looking for a new Chair of our Board 

We are looking to replace our current Chair, who is stepping down after 7 years. This is an opportunity for an experienced business leader to become Chair of the Cumbria LEP and play a pivotal role in determining its activities to grow the local economy and create new jobs. As Chair of the Cumbria LEP Board, you will have the unique opportunity to help drive forward the economic agenda for Cumbria putting the needs of businesses, its residents and communities first.

We are looking for a persuasive and influential business leader who will bring direction, energy and passion to the role and build on the LEP’s reputation as the strategic leader in economic development in Cumbria. You will continue to foster positive relationships with key stakeholders and act at a high-level advocate regionally, nationally and internationally. Cumbria LEP Board is establishing an even stronger Private Sector led Board, the Chair will ensure the continuation of its good work and the development of new economic plans through to 2030.

For more information, and to apply, see Chair Applicant Information Pack Jan 2018


 Managing Director vacancy

Are you interested in driving enterprise, innovation and growth in the Cumbrian economy? Could you champion the economic interests of Cumbria locally, nationally and internationally? Do you have experience of leading economic strategies and initiatives?

The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is looking for an experienced and inspirational individual with exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills to drive forward the economy and help realise the substantial potential of Cumbria.

For more information see LEP Managing Director advert and Post Specification LEP Managing Director

To apply, please see the Cumbria County Council jobs page at http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/jobsandcareers


Autumn Newsletter 2017

Cumbria LEP has published its Autumn 2017 newsletter, with latest news on strategies for economic growth and delivery of key projects and investments. To read the newsletter, click here.


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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