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Beacon museum to re-open for half-term

The Beacon Museum is will re-open in time for May half-term holidays.

The museum previously faced closure due to lack of funding but now Copeland Borough Council and Sellafield Ltd have agreed to run it together.

It will open on the 24th May.

“Sellafield Ltd answered our call and what has been produced is a visitor experience that’s bigger and better than it was before, with more to see and do for the young and young at heart, but which retains the integrity and independence that the Beacon is renowned for.”

– Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Borough Council


FULL REPORT: celebrity appeal of Flimby trainers is proving to be good for business

by Hannah McNulty

Footwear made in west Cumbria is being spotted on the feet of the very famous. Rihanna is one of two stars who've been seen wearing trainers made by New Balance, who have a factory at Flimby near Maryport. The company has increased production and jobs. Hannah McNulty reports.

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
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