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Video: Cumbrian Entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to Richard Branson

Two Cumbrian entrepreneurs are preparing to pitch their business ideas in London, as part of a world record attempt.

Rebecca Hanson from 'Authentic Maths' is a mathematician who's developed a system to help teach a new curriculum for primary school children, while Jonathan Lowe co-created an online game called Geo Hitch.

They're among 160 entrepreneurs pitching back-to-back during 29 hours as part of Virgin's Voom business competition:

Tata Steel confirms sale of Long Products division

Tata Steel Credit: ITV News

Tata Steel has confirmed it has sold its Long Products division to Greybull Capital.

The business employs more than 4 thousand people in the UK, including around 225 staff at an engineering workshop in Workington, and another 28 in Shap.

As a responsible seller, Tata Steel is delighted to have secured a buyer for this business and we hope that under Greybull ownership, the business will continue the momentum of the improvement program that has been initiated in the last 12 months.

Employees and trade unions have worked closely with the Long Products Europe management team to improve the business’s prospects, putting it in a more competitive position than it has been for many years.

It is through their dedication and hard work that we are in this position today in spite of continued challenges in the market".

– Mr Bimlendra Jha, CEO of Tata Steel UK

Cumbrian entrepreneurs prepare to pitch at world record attempt

Jonathan Lowe, right, talking to ITV Border's Katie Hunter Credit: ITV Border

Two Cumbrian entrepreneurs are preparing to pitch their business ideas in London, as part of a world record attempt.

Rebecca Hanson from 'Authentic Maths' is a mathematician who's developed a system to help teach a new curriculum for primary school children, while Jonathan Lowe co-created an online game called Geo Hitch.

They're among 160 entrepreneurs pitching back-to-back during 29 hours as part of Virgin's Voom business competition:

I guess people would recognise it as being a bit like Dragon's Den but I'm told it's much friendlier and they're interested in businesses that they totally believe in.

– Rebecca Hanson, Authentic Maths

I'm quietly confident in terms of the pitch itself. We're very passionate here about the product itself and what it can do so hopefully the pitch shouldn't be too difficult.

– Jonathan Lowe, GeoHitch

Watch Katie Hunter's full report here.

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Tourism trade improves since A591 reopening

Tourism businesses along one of the Lake District's main roads say trade has improved significantly since it re-opened just over a week ago.

The A591 closed due to damage caused by December's floods. A stretch of the road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed during Storm Desmond.

Katie Hunter reports from a classic car event held to celebrate its re-opening.

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