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Businesses set to meet over Tour of Britain

The last time the cycle race was in Cumbria was in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Business across the region are being encouraged to take advantage of the Tour of Britain, which is here for three days in September.

Last time the cycle race was in Cumbria, in 2013, it brought more than £4 million to the local economy.

A meeting of Allerdale businesses will be held in Cockermouth next week to discuss the possible spin offs.

'It's taken 5,500 people to get DG Council to listen'

A retired businessman, who has handed in a petition against the planned flood defence system at Whitesands, in Dumfries, has slammed the town's council.

David Slater says it's taken a 5,500 signature petition to get Dumfries and Galloway Council to engage with people who are concerned about the plans:

The main area of concern for protesters is the plan to scrap 230 parking spaces at Whitesands, which they say will affect local businesses.

Petition against Dumfries flood defences to be presented

Whitesands in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

A petition against plans to build flood defences on a car park is set to be handed over to Dumfries and Galloway Council today.

Around 5,000 people have signed the petition, arguing that the loss of 230 parking spaces on Dumfries' Whitesands will harm trade for local businesses.

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Kendal factory changes hands

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Today marked a new era for the Heinz factory in Kendal as it become Kendal Nutricare after 25 years.

At its peak this factory employed around 300 people. At the moment it employs around 88 plus contractors. The new company hopes to keep all those jobs and create more.

"There's been a long period of uncertainty here: we've had 12 months of redundancies and a lot of work's gone from the site but I think it's great news for me personally and everyone in Kendal because I've just had a baby and I need the job and it's great for the future."

– Darryl Hall, electrical control software engineer

The pharmaceutical research company makes food such as baby milk and will still produce some Heinz products but it's now run by an Irish entrepreneur rather than a multinational company, and he has big plans.

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"We've a core team now you know not just production, we have research, we have our own laboratories in house and what we want to do is we want to take in apprentices, we want to take people in from the community who want a long-term career here and we intend to develop new products for exports to the Asian markets and across Europe, so we're looking for graduates, we're looking for craft workers and technicians and I want to say to people locally, 'you know, you can come here and have a long-term career'."

– Ross McMahon, managing director, Kendal Nutricare Ltd

Both companies - Kendal Nutricare and Heinz - are hailing the change as a positive move for the site. In a statement, Heinz said:

"The deal includes a two-year co-pack arrangement for Kendal Nutricare to manufacture Heinz infant cereals for the UK as well as Heinz infant formula for the Chinese market.

"The sale offers a positive future for the factory and for the people employed at the site."

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