Culture is an important part of our tourism strategy and is one of the three key themes we promote as a reason to visit the Lake District, Cumbria.  We’re committed to helping profile and support the richly diverse cultural scene in the county and 2019 is set to be an exciting year.

One highlight will be a major programme of events celebrating the 200th Anniversary of John Ruskin – a leading Victorian art-critic, prominent social thinker and philanthropist.  Key events to highlight to visitors include: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (12 July -5 Oct) at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin (8 Aug –11 Nov) at Brantwood.

The opening of a major new cultural attraction Windermere Jetty: Museum of Steam & Stories in Spring 2019 is also expected to generate massive interest from people heading to the Lakes. Watch this space for more details!

What happens if I overlook the importance of tax planning?

In today’s world of increasing entrepreneurial success and ever-changing tax legislation, businesses and individuals need to think very carefully about tax planning and take advantage of the many tax saving opportunities available by seeking specialist tax planning advice.

The importance of tax planning for businesses

For those running a business, the amount of tax paid will always be directly linked to the amount of net profit you have earned. Effective tax planning is absolutely vital to ensure that your business is running tax efficiently and ultimately successfully, in the long-term.

In many cases, it is possible to achieve tax savings by:

  • Establishing the right business structure.
  • Maximising the allowances on qualifying capital expenditure.
  • Maximising the deductions for allowable expenditure.
  • Ensuring that any withdrawals from the business are made in the most tax-efficient way.
  • Structuring shareholdings and borrowings correctly.

The importance of tax planning for individuals

Effective tax planning is equally important for individuals to take advantage of the allowances and tax saving opportunities available. It is possible to save money on personal taxes by:

  • Maximising the benefits of your, and your spouse or civil partner’s, personal allowances and basic rate bands.
  • Making best use of your tax-free benefits and salary sacrifice schemes.
  • Owning the most tax-efficient motor vehicle for you and your family.
  • Keeping on top of appropriate pension contributions for you and your family.
  • Making the most of tax-efficient borrowings and interest relief.

At Lamont Pridmore, our tax specialists will work closely with you so you can consider the tax implications of every important decision before it is taken.  Our approach has nothing to do with tax avoidance, instead it is just good housekeeping to ensure that you can legally claim the allowances and reliefs that you are entitled to.


We will also undertake an annual tax planning review 3 months before your financial year end and again 3 months before the 5th April each year, to ensure that you keep your business and personal tax liabilities to a minimum.


To find out more about our Tax Planning and Tax Saving Service WATCH our short video.


Need advice?

If your last tax bill was a shock to the system, it’s time to start thinking about how you can reduce your next one today.

At Lamont Pridmore, our tax specialists have a proven track record of helping businesses and individuals in the tourism and hospitality sector to minimise their tax bills and, in some cases, we might even be able to reduce your tax liabilities to nil. Get in touch today to find out how we can help by calling 0800 234 6978 or email

The Lake District Wedding Fair will launch for the first time in 2019, showcasing the best venues and suppliers Cumbria has to offer.

Couples looking to marry in the county will be able to find all they need in one place over the two-day event, that takes place on the 23rd & 24th of February 2019.

Working in partnership with Cumbria Tourism, the show is an excellent opportunity for many businesses to further market themselves and the county.
Everything from venue exhibitors and live entertainment, to catering, cars, hair and makeup, the show promises to be a weekend to remember.

To get involved please visit for more details.

The Cumbria Tourism team last week headed to World Travel Market – widely regarded as the world’s leading travel event for the travel industry.

This was another great opportunity to forge one-to-one relationships with a range of tour operators and tourism specialists, as well as gathering information about the latest travel trends and market insights from both the UK and overseas.

High-profile events like World Travel Market are all about convincing operators that the Lake District, Cumbria, is a ‘must see’ destination, says Cumbria Tourism’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Sue Clarke. “Strengthening relationships with influential contacts is vital for supporting the future growth and prosperity of our members and their businesses.”

World Travel Market is just the latest in the series of major travel trade events we have been attending this autumn to promote the Lake District, Cumbria.

Other recent events included VisitBritain’s annual International Business Exchange (better known as ‘VIBE’) and the Group Travel and Leisure Show at Birmingham’s NEC, where we represented tourism businesses in partnership with Northern Print Distribution (NPD).  Working alongside Associated British Ports (ABP) Barrow, key CT staff also attended Seatrade Cruise Med in Portugal to help stimulate awareness of Barrow as a visitor gateway to the county as a whole.

Work is currently underway to secure a series of national press trips to support Cumbria Tourism’s #theplacetobe winter campaign. Our PR team has already confirmed visits with high circulation titles such as The Daily Express and The Sun, with a series of other trips in the pipeline across the county.

Other recent coverage generated by the team includes a series of reviews in Telegraph Travel, including one of our CT Award winners Lindeth Fell. We also assisted with a ‘Good Walk for The Times’ focusing on Ennerdale and are looking forward to a series of features in Country Walking magazine.

Internationally, we’ve been working on a series of overseas press trips alongside VisitBritain (VB) offices from across the globe, ranging from the USA and Australia to Brazil, Canada and Russia.

In the run-up to the launch of the new flights from Mumbai to Manchester, our PR team linked up with VB and a range of CT members to help host two influencers from the Indian sub-continent. Meanwhile, a large-scale press trip featured a group of seven travel and lifestyle journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on a ‘Best of the Lakes’ themed visit.

To complement this activity, the PR team recently attended a media event with national journalists in central London. We also met directly with VisitBritain PR colleagues from across the globe, to boost their knowledge of Cumbria’s tourism offer and to help highlight the big stories for 2019.