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Businesses urged to shape Cumbria's Local Industrial Strategy

Published on: Tuesday 26th June 2018

Local businesses can help shape the county’s future by taking part in a series of consultation events aimed at deciding Cumbria’s economic priorities through to 2030.

The four events, organised by Cumbria LEP, will take place next month.

The resulting Local Industrial Strategy will highlight Cumbria’s strengths and make a compelling case to government and the private sector for investment in the county.

Businesses and public and third sector partners are being asked to take part and give their views on what should be included in the new strategy.

But the LEP also wants to hear from a wide range of organisations, including councils, colleges, universities, schools, NHS, emergency services, charities and groups that represent particular sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, tourism, nuclear and agriculture.

“These events are really important opportunities to shape the county’s future,” said LEP chief executive Jo Lappin.

“The strategy will set out our future direction, and be a catalyst for private and public-sector investment, driving forward growth and prosperity in Cumbria – so it is vital for everyone to make their voices heard. The strategy importantly is also about people and places, making sure that all of our residents have good jobs and greater earning power.”

The Government has said that Local Industrial Strategies need to be based on its five foundations of productivity: innovative ideas, people and jobs, major infrastructure upgrades, business environment and places for more prosperous communities.

It also wants the strategies to address four challenges: growing the artificial intelligence and data driven economy; shifting towards green growth; shaping the future of mobility and meeting the needs of an aging society.

The consultation events will take place on July 9, 10 and 11 at Carlisle, Furness , Kendal and Lakes colleges.

Attendance can be booked on the Eventbrite website.

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