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A celebration of Cumbrian businesses held at Parliament has been hailed as a "resounding success" by the MPs who joined forces to host it.
All of Cumbria's MPs: Jamie Reed, Tim Farron, John Stevenson, John Woodcock, Rory Stewart and Sue Hayman, spoke at the event.
They each invited three businesses from their constituencies to attend, in order to promote Cumbria to the country's other MPs.
This day was a great way to show off the best of Cumbria, and to reach new audiences unfamiliar with the great produce our area has to offer. There was a real buzz at the event, and I hope it will help to provide a boost to the county’s businesses and tourist trade.
Cumbrian businesses work hard all year round to support the Cumbrian economy and many were affected by devastating floods last winter. I am pleased to be able to facilitate this important national networking opportunity.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is urging the Scottish Government to intervene in Langholm, as Edinburgh Woollen Mill warns it could leave.Read the full story ›
A company is making beer from skies above Moffat.
Brewer Innis & Gunn has discovered a way to extract water from clouds.
Using an airborne device fitted with a turbine and condenser, a crew of four men suck enough moisture from the cloud, cool it into water and use it to brew up to 500 pints of beer.
Innis & Gunn, known for making beer marmalade, are using their cloud-brewed beer, called Sky P.A., to help to raise £1million to continue their beer innovations.
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Traders in Dumfries say 18 businesses have closed in the past four months.
This week Scottish Enterprise announced it was starting a service in Dumfries and Galloway to support retailers.
But traders in the town say that without urgent help, the situation is likely to get worse.
I think it's very close to becoming a ghost town, as are all small towns in Scotland now.
They are all on the edge of disaster. We are not doing enough to make it easier to shop in the town centre.
We are standing in a big pedestrianised area, people like their cars to go shopping, but they can't take their car anywhere near our town centre because there's just no access.
Around one store closed every day on Scotland's high streets in the first half of the year. It's the highest closure rate in the UK.Read the full story ›
Uncertainty over the status of migrant workers when Britain leaves the European Union is a concern for Cumbria's economy, according to one of the county's business leaders.
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Rob Johnston is calling on the Government to offer clarification on the rights of employees from other EU states to work in the UK following Brexit now a timing for invoking Article 50 has been set.
He says Cumbria relies heavily on migrant workers and clarity is needed on their future.
Administrators have confirmed that 60 staff members have been made redundant at Penman Engineering Ltd in Dumfries.
15 jobs currently remain at the firm.
The company went into administration on 31 August 2016.
Penman had been in business since 1859 and employed around 140 people.
The administrators, Armstrong Watson, released this statement:
Yesterday (Thursday 29 September 2016) was a very significant day in the administration of Penman Engineering Limited. Whilst all staff have been working very hard and co-operating fully with the administration team on site to move trading forward the decision had to be taken by the administrators to make 60 staff redundant. Delays in receipt of certain funds from customers meant that the administration did not have the cashflow to maintain a workforce of 75 people, and could not make the various payments to employees at the time normally expected by employees under their contracts of employment. The administrators have been seeking recovery of those funds from customers, and will continue to do so. All staff affected will be kept informed and payments will be made as soon as funds become available.
15 employees have been retained by the administrators to help complete various tasks relating to the collection of remaining debts and the ongoing sale of the business.