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Rihanna and Pharrell help sales at Flimby trainer factory

New Balance manufactures trainers at its factory in the village of Flimby on the west Cumbrian coast. 245 people are employed there and around one million pairs are currently produced there every year. Sales have been steadily rising, up 24% last year and projected to rise 10% this year.

That's been helped by singers Rihanna and Pharrell Williams being seen in the trainers. The US brand is owned by an American businessman. The Flimby factory is the only major sports shoe manufacturer in the UK. Andy Okolowicz is the factory manager:

Chanel promise 100 new jobs in the Borders

Chanel have announced they will be taking on 100 new staff in the Borders.

Bruno Pavlovsky, the company's fashion president, made the announcement on a visit to the Barrie Knitwear factory in Hawick.

He praised their efforts since the luxury goods firm took over the from Dawson International in October 2012.

"The people here have been fantastic. They have been so supportive of all the developments, working extra shifts to build this extra success and to continue that we need to find new people. We need to recruit."

– Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of Chanel

The 100 new jobs would add to the existing 176-strong workforce at Barrie Knitwear.

The Barrie brand of cashmere clothing will launch next month and will be sold at 40 of the world's top clothing stores.

A dedicated boutique will open in Paris in June with a London store also being considered.


Financial plan will attract young people

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has unveiled its financial plan for the country for the next ten years.

"At the moment far too many young people in South Lakeland have to leave home and go work elsewhere. This proposal will mean - if this comes off- young people will be able to stay here, work here and live here"

– Cllr Peter Thornton, Leader of the South Lakeland District Council

I'm the recipient of a Regional Growth Fund bid or a Regional Growth Fund - so I am already being able to expand the factory as a result of that, take on more people to do research and development and younger apprentices and all the rest of it. Now that hopefully is what other people will be able to do across Cumbria with the plan focusing and supporting the Regional Growth Fund effort."

– Charles Crewdson, Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon in Kendal

Finance plan set to boost Cumbria economy

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership have unveiled their finance plan Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has unveiled its financial plan for the county for the next ten years.

Cumbria's LEP, in conjunction with local councils and businesses, is asking the Government for a £23.57million share of £1billion.

What the Cumbria LEP is proposing to do:

  • Help manufacturing, nuclear, and tourism businesses bid for Regional Growth Fund money to expand their business and employ more people
  • Develop the M6 corridor, between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park

  • Create 15,000 jobs and boost Cumbria's economy by £600million by 2023

Lottery bonanza for Cumbrian village

Although many villages are struggling to keep local services open, one community in the Lake District are proving that it can be done.

People in Ennerdale Bridge have already rallied round to re-open their local pub and have now received a large grant to turn a disused forestry building into a village shop with space for community activities.

Ennerdale Bridge has been granted funding for a local shop. Credit: ITV Border
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