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Cumbria Day hailed 'resounding success'

Jamie Reed and Tim Farron organised the event. Credit: Tim Farron

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.

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale (Lib Dem)

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.

– Jamie Reed MP, Copeland (Lab)

Brewer aims sky-high for beer from clouds

Innis & Gunn are brewing beer from clouds above Devil’s Beef Tub Credit: PA

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.


Dumfries 'close to becoming a ghost town'

Many shops in Dumfries have been closing. Credit: ITV Border

Traders in Dumfries say 18 businesses have closed in the past four months.

High streets are struggling across Scotland, according to new figures showing one shop closes every day on average.

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.

– Rab Smith, Chairman, Dumfries Retailers Association

Concern for Cumbria's economy post Brexit

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.

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