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New taxes could hit Cumbrian economy in 2016 Budget

Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to deliver his 2016 Budget later this morning.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Chancellor not to introduce new taxes on businesses.

The organisation says new taxes would hit business investment and economic growth in Cumbria and should be ruled out until the next General Election.

National tourism campaign launches in Cumbria

A campaign to bring more people to the Lake District is already under way. Credit: Visit England

A national tourism campaign is being launched in Cumbria today.

The chairman of Visit England will take to the skies above the Eden Valley in a gyroplane and fly over some of the area's landmarks including Brougham Castle to launch English Tourism Week.

Tourists contribute more than £275 million to Eden's economy each year.

£480k boost for Eyemouth food factory

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead inspects Eyemouth Freezers Ltd Credit: ITV Border

A food factory in Eyemouth has welcomes a £480k cash injection from the Scottish Government meaning the company can expand and buy new equipment.

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead made the announcement at Eyemouth Freezers Ltd as part of a £3.7m wider investment in 12 Scottish food and drinks companies.

"This award is a tremendous boost for the business. It will enable us to provide a secure foundation for the company's future, for the development of vining pea crop in the Borders and for our employees' prospects."

– Peter Straker Smith


Watch: Electric sheep cars around Ullswater

A flock of electric cars designed as sheep have started their new lives as alternative transport for tourists at popular businesses around the North Lakes.

They're available for hire as a way of tempting people to leave their car at home for a visit to the Lake District. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Funding available for Scottish Borders community projects

Almost £3 million is up for grabs. Credit: PA

Nearly three million pounds of funding is now available to community projects in the Scottish Borders, and those aimed at improving the local economy.

The last phase of the Leader Funding Programme helped Selkirk Pop Up Shops, and Councillor Stuart Bell says it helps inspire businesses to be creative:

They're very often start up projects, so quite often what we're seeing is projects that are a new initiative, a new idea which is looking for start up funding in order to be in a position to explore the project and explore the idea and to develop it through to sustainability.

– Councillor Stuart Bell
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