Invest in Cumbria

Invest in Cumbria

The Astute Submarine being built Students in a Kendal College Workshop Ariel Image of Sellafield Ariel of a Wind Farm Laurel and Hardy Workington Town Centre
Students in a Kendal College Workshop Ariel Image of Sellafield Ariel of a Wind Farm Laurel and Hardy Workington Town Centre The Astute Submarine being built

Why Cumbria?

Business

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Home to world-leaders in energy, tourism, food and drink, specialist manufacturing and logistics, the commercial landscape in Cumbria is as magnificent as the natural assets for which it is famed across the globe. Most people know Cumbria for the Lake District and while tourism remains a key sector, the County boasts much more than just a superb place to visit.

Cumbria business mix is diverse and is one of the least expensive areas in Britain to do business, with an affordable, skilled and loyal workforce and low overheads. There is a large portfolio of business parks available and a range of sites ripe for development – whether business, commercial or residential. Improvements have been made to training and education provision in the County over recent years, with providers helping support key sectors.

Browse this site or contact Graham McWilliam on 01768 895350 or email grahamm@investincumbria.co.uk for more information.

Why Cumbria?

Development Opportunities

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Significant investment from the private and public sector across Cumbria in recent years, and a rich industrial legacy, has resulted in a strong portfolio of brownfield and other development sites, encompassing business, commercial, leisure and residential.

For businesses looking to locate in Cumbria, The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness offers great scope, while Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Whitehaven, and Lillyhall Business Park, Workington, have plans to expand in light of the opportunities presented by the Britain’s Energy Coast initiative. In Carlisle Kingmoor Business Park has recently secured planning permission to expand significantly. These are in addition to medium and smaller scale development opportunities in and around Cumbria’s urban centres.

For the inside track on development opportunities and for information on key contacts to make them happen, contact Graham McWilliam on 01768 895350 or email grahamm@investincumbria.co.uk

Why Cumbria?

Conference

Cumbria’s position as a major tourism destination has resulted in the emergence of conference venues suitable for all requirements.

Low Wood Hotel on the edge of Lake Winderemere has played host to major conferences in recent years for the likes of the Society of Editors and the Confederation of Business & Industry after investing heavily to improve its facilities. Rheged, at Penrith, also has a busy calendar, capitalising on its central position and superb access to road and rail links. Carlisle Racecourse is one of the many venues in and around the city and more information can be found at the Carlisle Conference Group website.

West Cumbria has seen the emergence of a number of conference venues in recent year including Energus at Lillyhall Business Park, which has staged several major awards ceremonies and countless energy and training related conferences since it opened its doors in 2009. Further north The Wave Centre, Maryport is an impressive venue which has staged everything from awards and AGMs to a special edition of the BBC’s Politics Show.

For further advice on conference venues, contact Graham McWilliam at the Invest in Cumbria team on 01768 895350 or email grahamm@investincumbria.co.uk

Why Cumbria?

Training and Education

Improving the standard and breadth of training and education has been one of Cumbria’s major success stories, and has been hailed as one of the main reasons why young people are staying in the County to complete their education and pursue careers.

The University of Cumbria is Britain’s newest university, specialising in subjects close to the county's economic heart such as energy, radiology, logistics and outdoor studies. Supporting key industry sectors is also central to Cumbria’s colleges, marked on the map opposite.

West Cumbria has a thriving hub of education, training, research and development facilities focused on the energy sector, in particular nuclear, including Energus, the National Nuclear Laboratory and UCLAN@Westlakes. It will soon to be joined by Manchester University’s £20m Cumbria Dalton Facility. Training providers such as Nucleus (Gen II) also help to support the industry in addition to the long-running apprentice scheme at Sellafield. Cumbria has a large number of individual training providers supporting businesses in and outside the County.

For further advice and information on training and education, contact Graham McWilliam at the Invest in Cumbria team on 01768 895350 or email grahamm@investincumbria.co.uk.

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is the UK's youngest, with real world aims to provide its students with the skills required not only for work but for life.

For more information about the university, its courses, history, and life at the establishments that make up the university, visit www.cumbria.ac.uk.

University of Cumbria

Lancaster University

Lancaster university is world renowned as a centre of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Currently ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK the university strives to improve its reputation both in the UK and Internationally through providing its students with an excellent start in their career.

For more information about courses and university life visit www.lancs.ac.uk.

Lancaster University

Barrow Sixth Form College

Barrow Sixth Form College specialises in providing an A level education to students between the ages of 16 - 18 from the Furness area.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.barrow6fc.org.uk.

Barrow Sixth Form College

Furness College

Furness College provides first class education and training which transforms lives through improved employability and supports the regeneration of its local community.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.furness.ac.uk.

Furness College

Kendal College

Kendal College is a further education college situated in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It specialises in further and higher education, as well as training for business. Kendal College is also a partner college of the University of Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.kendal.ac.uk.

Kendal College

Carlisle College

Carlisle College is a further and higher education establishment based in the city centre of Carlisle.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.carlisle.ac.uk.

Carlisle College

Lakes College West Cumbria

At Lakes College West Cumbria students are taught everything from basic skills through to post graduate level subjects on a full or part-time basis, either in college, at centres near to where they live, in their workplace or even at home.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.lcwc.ac.uk.

Lakes College West Cumbria

Workington Sixth Form Centre

Workington Sixth Form Centre provides 16 - 18 year olds with A level courses and education preparing students for life at university or in employment.

Ullswater Community College

Ullswater Community College provides 30 Advanced Level courses as well as level 2 courses which prepare their students for life in work or at university.

For more information on the college and the education it provides please visit www.ullswater.cumbria.sch.uk.