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Social media campaign aims to keep young people in the Lakes

Becka is an upholsterer and designer - who says Cumbria provides inspiration for creative work. Credit: ITV News

A new campaign is being launched to encourage more young people to stay and set up businesses in the Lake District, instead of moving away to job search in the big cities.

People between the ages of 16 and 34 in the region make up less than a fifth of the population - well below the national average.

44%
fewer young people in the Lakes than the national average
17.5%
of the population are between 16 and 34
It's hoped this campaign will highlight the rural and urban opportunities in the area. Credit: ITV News

Now, a pilot project is setting out to showcase the opportunities for industry and entrepreneurship in the region - aiming to attract new people to the area, and give local people the confidence to stay.

The "Live More Do More" campaign by Great Place: Lakes and Dales uses social media to demonstrate the area's potential to more would-be business owners.

People and employers are being urged to share photos and messages highlighting what inspires them about the area, using the hashtag "Live More Do More"

#LiveMoreDoMore collects and celebrates the culture and opportunity already in existence in our area. It is a positive message, not just based on an aspiration but one that's about everyday life and something that should be relevant to the people of the area.

– Lindsey Hebden, GPLD Programme Manager

A spokesperson said that while young people are facing challenges of economic uncertainty, South Lakeland does have the resources for people to build their career.

With easy access to the national park, it's also hoped that work life balance will help attract new people to setting down in the area.

Josh Simpson says he is living the rural dream. Credit: ITV News

People like artist Josh Simpson from Kendal. He runs The Art Mill, and rents work space to half a dozen other young entrepreneurs.

He says the quality of life available in South Lakeland far surpasses what he could get in a city.

It's a beautiful place with loads of opportunities, and plenty to offer in your downtime.

Premises are actually a lot cheaper, and in many ways it was more affordable for us to do something here.

– Josh Simpson, artist

You can watch the full report by Lise McNally here: