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Drop-in sessions for investment in Lakes

Cumbria County Council has organised two more drop-in sessions for people to discuss its plans for £2 million of investment on roads in the Lakes.

People can give their views and ideas at events being held on:

  • Tuesday 20 January, 11am-2pm, at Windermere Room at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre.
  • Wednesday 21 January, 12noon-3pm, at Bowness Bay Information Centre, Glebe Road, Bowness on Windermere.

The council says the plans will affect four "key locations": Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, and the A591 at Brockhole, Low Wood Bay, and Town End, Grasmere.

The council is keen to hear public feedback.

“The response from local communities to the first round of community drop-in events was encouraging, with many sharing their views.

"We want to hear what people have to say about these locations, to help us design effective improvements."

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transport

Anyone unable to attend the latest drop-ins can view the plans on the council's website, and should email by the 31st of January.

£20 million investment for Cumbrian firm

One of north Cumbria's largest employers has announced an investment of £20 million for an extension to their Wigton based plant.

Innovia Films in Wigton Credit: Innovia Films

Innovia Films, which is part of the Innovia Group, is using the money to expand their capacity for BOPP films and a ‘state-of-the-art’ gas turbine.

The gas turbine is expected to improve the company's energy efficiency, and will reduce the carbon footprint at the Wigton site by 20%.

Mr David Beeby, who is the CEO of Innovia Group, said:

“This is very exciting news and another step forward in developing our company and supports our ongoing commitment to customer service, innovation and growth.”

Work will begin immediately and the new capacity is due to be fully commissioned by 2015.

Historic deal is a "positive change" says councillor

A new primary school, sports facilities and a community centre look set to be built in one of Carlisle's most deprived areas.

The plan moved a major step forward today with an historic deal agreed between the city and county councils.

More than £12 million will be spent to transform the former North Cumbria Technology College site in the Harraby area of the city.

The city council's acting leader, Colin Glover, attended school there:

£2.5million investment for McVities Carlisle factory

The McVities factory in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

The McVities factory in Carlisle is having nearly £2.5 million spent on it to improve production.

The firm are combining the production of three types of its biscuits into one part of the factory, which will boost the output by 25 per cent.

There has been an increase in demand following the launch of a new flatbread cracker.


Cumbrian cash boost will 'help companies grow'

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:

Maryport manufacturing firm awarded £45,000

Saracens Stadium with a SiS pitch Credit: Britain's Energy Coast

Britain's Energy Coast have awarded £45,000 to Maryport firm 'Support in Sport' (SiS), who specialise in making astro turf pitches.

The grant is part of a five million pounds investment into Cumbria's manufacturing industry.

SiS Manufacturing Ltd, who are based at Glasson Industrial Estate, recently manufactured and installing an artificial pitch for Premiership rugby club Saracens at their new ground in London.

The club are to the first professional rugby union club to play on a fully artificial pitch.

£5m investment for manufacturing in Cumbria

Five million pounds is being invested in to west Cumbria's manufacturing.

It is hoped the cash boost will help companies grow and create new jobs.

The money is coming from Britain's Energy Coast who have awarded the first £45,000 to Maryport firm 'Support in Sport' who specialise in making astro turf pitches.

Businesses of any size, can apply for grants of £10,000 upwards for investment in fixed assets such as land, buildings, plant and equipment as well as Research and Development.

Businesses can apply for the grant by visiting the Britain's energy coast website.

'We have an incredibly loyal workforce in Cumbria'

The Managing Director of Lakeland has announced major investment plans for the Lake District based company.

Around 600 jobs could be created as part of the £10 million growth plans, including an expansion of the distribution centre in Kendal.

"We have an incredibly loyal and industrious workforce here in Cumbria, therefore it is right for us to expand here. The company was founded in the Lake District and that is where our heart is.

"The infrastructure is already in place and it makes perfect sense for us to take this exciting step and to expand in this way."

– Sam Raynar, Managing Director, Lakeland
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