A diverse delegation of Cumbrian businesses is to travel to the capital at the beginning of December to help raise the county’s economic profile with key decision makers in Westminster.
17 firms spread across the county’s six parliamentary constituencies will attend the ‘Cumbria Day’ event on Tuesday, December 6 to showcase Cumbrian businesses and local produce on a national level.
The networking event, sponsored by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and organised by Cumbria’s MPs, is an opportunity to show parliamentarians from across the UK the broad range of successful businesses and sectors which are thriving in the county.
The delegation also includes representation from Choose Cumbria, who will be promoting the county as the place of choice to work, live, learn and play, and showcasing supporters such as BAE Systems, GSK, Kimberly-Clark, NHS partners (NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), the University of Cumbria and Furness College.
The businesses from each of Cumbria’s six constituencies have been invited to attend the event with local MPs Jamie Reed, Tim Farron, John Woodcock, John Stevenson, Rory Stewart and Sue Hayman.
Graham Haywood, Director of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Cumbria Day is a prime opportunity for us to show the rest of the country and the heart of government the breadth of economic activity, business growth and success being attained here.
“It’s been very hard for each of our MPs to select only two or three businesses each to attend for their own constituency. There are so many others which deserve a mention and the event is a great way to celebrate enterprise and business achievement.”
Luke Dicicco, project manager for Choose Cumbria, added: “The event gives Cumbria a unique opportunity to shout about what it has to offer. Choose Cumbria is delighted to be involved to help tell this story, because the county is more widely known for its stunning natural landscape than its growing business prowess.
“We will be showcasing both Cumbria and our partners, from major global employers to local, innovative SMEs representing sectors ranging from engineering, manufacturing and healthcare, to education, training and hospitality.”
The aim of the event is to achieve greater influence with central government and encourage additional investment and commitment to Cumbria’s flourishing industries.
Businesses chosen to represent the county and due to attend include:
Bewcastle Cheese @ Cows and Co, Roadhead
Bowness Bay Brewery, Kendal
Calder Foods Ltd, Carlisle
Carvetti Coffee, Cockermouth
Claire’s Handmade, Wigton
Cumbrian Cow Ice Cream, Ulverston
Eden Brewery Ltd, Brougham
Grasmere Gingerbread, Ambleside
Kingmoor Park, Carlisle
Lakes and Lambs, Plumpton
Sillfield Farm Foods, Barrow-in-Furness
The Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy
The Rum Story, Whitehaven
Wax Lyrical, Lindal-in-Furness
W.McClure Wholesale Foods, Windermere
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