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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

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May 16, 2018

We’re increasingly optimistic that the tidal energy scheme incorporating road crossings of Morecambe Bay and the Duddon is viable.

Things have moved on apace since Chamber Insight first reported on the £10bn project last year.

Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’ve asked...


May 9, 2018

The railway from Penrith to Keswick closed in 1972 but rail engineer Cedric Martindale is campaigning to reopen the 18-mile link.

He has formed CKP Railways to take the project forward, sold bonds to raise £400,000 and produced a business case.

In this podcast, he outlines the benefits that reinstating the line would...


May 3, 2018

Despite the austerity cuts of recent years, the public sector is still a major player in Cumbria.

We have seven local authorities, the Lake District National Park, a major Defra presence, the University of Cumbria and the NHS.

That’s a big potential market.

In this podcast Kevin Thistlethwaite, an adviser with...


Apr 19, 2018

Speaking at a recent Chamber event, the Lancaster University academic Andrew Atherton speculated that Cumbria will benefit as the high cost of operating in London prompts businesses to move out of the capital.

He explores the theme further in this podcast and considers what more Cumbria can do to attract inward...


Apr 12, 2018

Around half of businesses in Cumbria that try to recruit staff struggle to do so.

With the unemployment benefit claimant count rate as low as 0.7% in parts of the county, and thousands of workers due to retire over the next 10 years, it’s a problem that is expected to get worse.

In this podcast Shane Byrne,...