Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)'s major projects are progressing well, according to its new annual report.
The organisation - the county’s strategic economic body - has invested more than £60m across the county.
Its projects include work at the Barrow Waterfront, its flagship, as well as the infrastructure improvements worth £2m at Durranhill Industrial Estate - at conjunction with the Homes and Communities Agency - on the outskirts of Carlisle. This completed project has delivered access improvements and site.
Road developments on the A595 and the A590 are also making progress following the LEP’s economic impact studies on transport connectivity and evidence presented to central government.
In the 2016-17 financial year the organisation also helped to fund initiatives designed to improve the county's skills offer, at institutions including Furness College, Newton Rigg College and the University of Cumbriain areas such as advanced manufacturing, STEM and agricultural disciplines.
New investments totalling £10.5m were also announced for Whitehaven town centre, Lillyhall North and Carlisle Station Gateway and the Citadels.
Regional growth fund investments administered from the LEP are also supporting Cumbrian businesses.
Penrith-based Cranstons Quality Butchers have completed an expansion of their Ullswater Road production facility and a refit of their head office and Bells of Lazonby is exporting its ‘We Love Cake’ branded, gluten-free products to Australia and The Lakes Distillery Company, in Setmurthy, has secured a deal to have three of its lines stocked on the shelves of Asda.
LEP chairman George Beveridge said: “It has been a busy and challenging twelve months. We are now looking at all our plans to ensure they align with the Government’s new Industrial Strategy, as well as continuing to lobby for positive post-Brexit outcomes for local business.
“We are also lobbying the government to prioritise skills and bring businesses into schools, where Cumbria is already a top performer.
“We will ensure that our strategic economic plans reflect these important priorities so that we are well placed to press Cumbria’s economic case and to bid for any new funding streams as and when they become available.”
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