Five million pounds is being invested in to west Cumbria's manufacturing, with the hope that the cash boost will help companies grow and create new jobs.
The money is coming from Britain's Energy Coast, a body which encouraged economic investment into the area.
It has awarded the first grant to a company who specialise in making astro turf pitches.
Samantha Parker reports:
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