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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

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Aug 13, 2018

Maria Ramsdale of FW Capital explains how the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund helps SMEs in Cumbria.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides loan and equity finance to SMEs that have been turned down by the banks.

In this podcast, Maria Ramsdale of FW Capital, who is responsible for delivering the debt...


Aug 9, 2018

Chamber Chief Executive Rob Johnston explains how businesses can hang on to older workers and bring the best out of them.

By 2030, half of all adults in the UK will be aged over 50. In parts of Cumbria the proportion will be higher still.

Our ‘super-ageing’ population means that the working-age population is...


Aug 3, 2018

Chartered financial planner David Finan looks at strategies to achieve a comfortable retirement if you’re self-employed.

There are 4.8m self-employed people in the UK but fewer than a third of them are actively paying into a pension scheme.

Some have other strategies to provide retirement income – perhaps selling...


Jul 26, 2018

Allerdale is a great place to start a business.

Some 71% of new businesses in Allerdale are still trading three years after launch, well above the national average of 61%.

The high survival rate is in part explained by the pro-business stance of Allerdale Borough Council, which actively funds business support...


Jul 19, 2018

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is urging the Bank of England to think carefully before raising interest rates.

We delivered that message in person when Sir Jon Cunliffe, the Bank’s Deputy Governor for financial stability, spoke at a Chamber lunch in Kendal last week.

Sir Jon is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee,...