We have put together a list of tips to follow when buying a used car, and what you need to know about your rights as a consumer.
Kendal businesses will find out today if they will have to pay to be part of an initiative which aims to improve the town centre.
An £8m scheme to clean up beaches and the sea in west Cumbria nears completion.
Farmers across the country were left devastated by bad weather last year and some of the worst hit were farmers in our region.
Severe snow this spring added to the problems, so despite a wonderful summer some farmers are still counting the cost of 2012.
Our Dumfries and Galloway reporter Fiona McIlwraith went to meet a man who is still struggling many months on.
Watch her full report below.
The Langholm-based clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill has recorded a bumper sales year and plans to create more than 1000 new jobs.
The latest figures show that turnover grew 130% and profit increased by 184% to £58.5 million.
They have put the results down to the successful turnaround of the Peacocks chain, which went into administration in January 2012.
The business also continued a roll-out programme which saw 56 new stores open and 920 jobs created.
The company, which was founded in 1946, now operates over 1,000 stores and employs 12,000 workers.
There are now plans to open a further 100 stores and create 1,145 jobs over the next 18 months.
“We’ve worked hard to maintain strong cost controls whilst investing in our people, our products and ensuring we have the optimal blend of physical and digital channels to suit our customer demographics.
“UK retail remains a tough environment and we are focused on serving customers who are seeking value at a time of reduced discretionary spend but who will not compromise on quality.
– Steve Simpson, Group Commercial Director
“The group is free of debt so we can leverage a positive balance sheet and focus on a sensible strategy which continues to deliver sustainable growth for the long term.
“The natural next step for us is to take this approach to robust international markets such Germany, the Middle East and Russia.”
With less than five weeks to go, people are being told "don't let a thief steal your Christmas."
Cumbria Police say that the number of opportunistic thefts rise during the festive period, as burglars know there are more valuables in peoples homes than at any other time of the year.
They are advising homeowners and shoppers to take extra care this Christmas time.
– Claire Stevens, Cumbria Police
"They can lock their windows and doors especially if they are going out, have a night time routine before they go to bed, make sure they go round and make sure the front door is locked, the back door is locked, the patio door is locked and basically if you are buying Christmas presents keep them out of view, don't have them in the view of your window or on your worktops.
"Likewise if you are in the town shopping and you are going to buy an expensive gift leave that gift to be the last one that you buy and if you are taking gifts back to your car, lock them in your boot."
Cumbria Police are searching for an arsonist. They believe a furniture store in Carlisle was deliberately set alight and want the owner of a dark coloured car seen in Harvey's car park an hour before the fire began to come forwards.
The fire was reported at twenty past twelve this morning. At its height six fire engines tackled the blaze which closed Crown Street . The roof of the building collapsed and crews spent the day dampening down hot spots. No one was injured.
– Detective Inspector Craig Smith, Cumbria Police
“We are currently treating the fire as suspicious and are asking anyone who might have any information to get in touch.
"In particular a dark coloured car, in the style of a VW Golf or similar, was seen pulling up into a parking space on Crown Street between 11:15 and 11:30pm last night. We are keen to speak to the person/people in that car to help our investigation.
“The fire is under control and continues to be dealt with by Cumbria Fire and Rescue.
“This was a very serious fire, in which thankfully no one was hurt."
Fire crews believe the blaze was started in a bin at the rear of the store.
West Cumbria could be sitting on an energy goldmine according to the Sellafield Workers union.
It believes the 120 tonnes of plutonium stored at the nuclear site could be turned in to fuel for a proposed new reactor in the area.
In difficult economic times, setting up your own business can seem like a daunting move.
There is support though from a new centre run by the University of Cumbria. It's aim is to help entrepreneurs and to improve the economy of the county.
Hannah McNulty reports:
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has been in Carlisle to officially open the University of Cumbria's Business Interaction Centre.
A summit it being held in Workington today about recent job losses.
It was announced this week that the Indorama plant is being mothballed, with 73 posts being axed.
The summit also follows the announcement last month that the Tata Steel plant in Workington is planning to shed 90 jobs.
From tours through historic mines, to local beekeeping, people of Alston in Cumbria are being encouraged to come up with ideas to promote the town.
The Alston Moor Partnership has spent the day offering advice about funding and marketing to businesses and individuals who think their plan could make a difference to the area.
Katie Hunter reports.