A residents’ discount scheme set up by Cumbria Tourism to support local communities has scooped a top accolade at the UK Enterprise Awards.

The news that MyCumbria has has been awarded ‘Most Innovative Regional Business Discount Card Enterprise’ comes as the scheme celebrates its tenth anniversary this month.

Hosted by SME News, the UK Enterprise Awards celebrate vibrant business industries across the UK. Now in their sixth year, the 2022 awards highlight small to medium-sized enterprises which have adapted and innovated to weather the storm of COVID-19.

It’s a double celebration for the MyCumbria card scheme, which was set up exactly ten years ago this month by the county’s official Destination Management Organisation – purely for people living or working in Cumbria.

MyCumbria recognises the vital role that locals play in supporting the county’s visitor economy and gives them the chance to explore the county at discounted rates, with more than 200 unique residents’ offers for a wide range of attractions, retailers, cafes, pubs and quintessentially Cumbrian products throughout the county.

To mark the occasion, MyCumbria is hosting a series of anniversary daily giveaways for local people throughout May, with card holders entered automatically into a daily each day until the end of the month.

Among the 31 special prizes on offer are family attraction tickets, annual experience passes and £100 to spend at selected local producers, as well as an array of afternoon teas, Sunday lunches and money to spend at restaurants and hospitality venues.

Ben Melling oversees the MyCumbria scheme at Cumbria Tourism. He says “Wow, what fantastic timing to be recognised by the UK Enterprise Awards, at the start of MyCumbria’s birthday month!

“We know that MyCumbria is great for people who live and work here, helping them to explore more of the county at a time when household budgets are tight.

“Residents are also keen to support their local communities and do their bit for the recovery of Cumbria’s economy, so it’s a great way for businesses who want to tap into the local market to attract a new customer base.  We are always on the lookout for more exclusive offers to include on the MyCumbria scheme and it’s completely free for businesses get involved.”

MyCumbria card holders need to have a valid CA or LA Cumbria postcode at either a home or work address. For the annual price of £20, they then get access to a range of exclusive discounts for retailers, attractions, hospitality venues throughout the county.

To find out more about the MyCumbria card and the tenth anniversary raffle, visit: www.mycumbriacard.co.uk/mycumbria-10th-anniversary 


A new county-wide survey into visitor trends and behaviour has got underway, with more than 2,000 face-to-face interviews planned in the coming months as part of a major Cumbria Tourism project to better understand people’s travel habits.

The Cumbria Visitor Survey will see researchers carry out in-depth questionnaires at almost 60 locations throughout the county – the first time this level of face-to-face research has been carried out since 2018.

One of the main aims of the new research is to find out more about the ‘new’ visitors who have discovered – or rediscovered – Cumbria over the last two years, as well as better understanding any changes in the way people plan to holiday in future.

The results will be collated and analysed between now and November and will help determine people’s perceptions and expectations of a stay in Cumbria, what motivates them to choose our destination and what activities they do while they are here. Questions will range from how they prefer to book, which locations they visit, how they travel, how much they spend, and how satisfied they were with their visit.

As the official Destination Management Organisation for the county, Cumbria Tourism takes the lead on the Cumbria Visitor Survey with support from the Lake District National Park and seven local authority partners. That includes Allerdale Borough Council, Barrow Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Copeland Borough Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council.

Cumbria Tourism’s Research Manager, Helen Tate, says, “The Cumbria Visitor Survey is a key piece of research which not only identifies where our visitors come from, but looks at everything from the size and composition of their party, to what they do – and spend – while they are here.

“Although we’ve been able to continue our online surveys during the pandemic, this is a crucial opportunity to restart our face-to-face engagement with a large number of our visitors. To gain a representative sample, we’ve carefully selected almost 60 locations which are designed to pick up different types of visitors and compare results with surveys carried out since the research began in 2006.”

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, adds, ““This is a golden opportunity to gather valuable information about trends and changes in what our visitors both expect and need from their next holiday.

“It’s also a really collaborative project. Cumbria Tourism’s role as the county’s Destination Management Organisation means we are in a unique position to work across local authority boundaries with our partners, to ensure we get the fullest, most accurate picture of evolving visitor behaviour.

“Collectively, we will use the results to support our national lobbying work as a county, to inform our future marketing activity and to identify opportunities and areas of development to help grow the value of our visitor economy and bounce back from the effects of the pandemic. It’s also fantastic insight for tourism operators to use directly in their own business development and marketing plans.”

Cumbria Tourism will reveal the key findings of the Cumbria Visitor Survey in the autumn.

The finalists of this year’s Cumbria Tourism Awards have been officially unveiled, as the ‘Oscars’ of the county’s tourism industry makes a long-awaited comeback after a three-year absence.

The awards span 16 categories covering every conceivable type of tourism business and celebrate the very best of Cumbria’s vibrant visitor economy. More than 100 entries were whittled down to the shortlist being revealed today, against a backdrop of one of the most challenging periods in the industry’s history.

The finalists now face another round of judging, including a series of mystery shopping visits before the ultimate winners are selected ahead of a VIP awards ceremony at Kendal’s Castle Green Hotel later this summer.

Held in association with United Utilities, the big event on Wednesday 6 July will be hosted by Dave Guest, who spent almost 40 years with the BBC and became one of the most recognisable faces on regional TV.

Dave documented some of the North West’s most memorable moments and won a number of prestigious broadcasting awards including the Royal Television Society’s award for Best Reporter on a Regional Programme.


The Cumbria Tourism Awards 2022 finalists are:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Sponsored by The Cumberland

  • Anyone Can, Newby Bridge
  • Calvert Lakes, Keswick


Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

  • Long Valley Yurts, Windermere
  • Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre
  • Shed 1 Gin, Ulverston


Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Christie & Co

  • Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick
  • Linthwaite House, Windermere
  • Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick


Small Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Colliers

  • Askham Hall
  • Farlam Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Brampton
  • The Yan at Broadrayne, Grasmere


B&B and Guest House of the Year

Sponsored by Lamont Pridmore

  • Cedar Manor, Windermere
  • Lockholme Bed and Breakfast, Kirkby Stephen
  • The Sally, Irthington


Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Out of Eden

  • Dufton Barn Holidays
  • Elmira & Maid of Kent – Ravenglass Railway Camping Coaches
  • Lakes Hostel, Windermere
  • Waterbird Boathouse at Hill of Oaks Park, Windermere


Camping, Glamping & Holiday Park of the Year

Sponsored by David Allen

  • Pennine View Park, Kirkby Stephen
  • Park Foot Holiday Park, Ullswater
  • The Quiet Site, Ullswater


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre
  • Wordsworth Grasmere


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by H&H Reeds

  • Treetop Lake District, Brockhole, Windermere
  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
  • Walby Farm Park, Crosby-on-Eden


Experience of the Year

Sponsored by Burnetts

  • Graythwaite Adventure
  • Honister Slate Mine
  • Shed 1 Gin, Ulverston
  • Mountain Goat Tours, Windermere


Pub of the Year

  • The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
  • George and Dragon, Clifton
  • Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale
  • The Wheatsheaf, Beetham

Taste of Cumbria Award

Sponsored by Eden District Council

  • Allium at Askham Hall
  • The Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite
  • The Music Room at Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen
  • The Yan at Broadrayne, Grasmere


Makers and Producers Award

Sponsored by ECO-I North West

  • Aqua Pura, Armathwaite
  • Lakes Ice Cream, Kendal
  • Pure Lakes Skincare, Staveley
  • Shed 1 Gin, Ulverston


Wedding Venue of the Year

Sponsored by Dodd & Co

  • Askham Hall & Bank Barn
  • Briery Wood Country House Hotel, Windermere
  • The Coppermines Lakes Cottages, Coniston


New Tourism Business Award

Sponsored by Thomson Hayton Winkley

  • Bassenthwaite Lake Station
  • Dandelion & Hoglet Holiday Cottages, Dalston
  • The Green Cumbria, Kirkby Stephen
  • Lakes Laser Tag, Ulverston


The Sheila Hensman Unsung Hero Award

  • Michael Wilson, The Guide over Sands Trust
  • Roland Thompson, Honister Slate Mine
  • Joseph Cobb, Lake District Country Hotels, Windermere

To round off the night there will also be a special surprise presentation for the Bernard Gooch Tourism Personality of the Year’. This is the highest award collectively given by the industry for an individual’s lifelong services to tourism.

Many of this year’s winners will also go on to represent the county nationally at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023.

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, says, “The Cumbria Tourism Awards is all about celebrating our industry and the hardworking businesses who have continued to forge ahead in some of the most challenging circumstances anyone could have ever imagined.

“I’ve been bowled over by the innovation, adaptability and sheer resilience of our incredibly diverse tourism sector spanning the length and breadth of Cumbria. These businesses put high quality customer experiences at the heart of everything they do and it will be a privilege to bring the finalists together this July to mark their achievements. There’s no doubt the judges now have a very tough task on their hands to choose the ultimate winners.”

Event host Dave Guest adds, “I’m delighted to have been invited to host the awards event in July as the county celebrates the very best its tourism sector has to offer. The sector has lived through some extremely difficult times because of the pandemic – but it’s not only survived, it’s come back even stronger.”

Cumbria Tourism is grateful to its sponsors for making the much-awaited return of the competition possible this year, including headline sponsor United Utilities, EWGA Wines and Lawson Design.

Job seekers from across Cumbria will have the chance to speak directly to some of the county’s most innovative and inspiring employers at a special two-day event taking place next week.

Around 75 organisations will be taking part in the large-scale Jobs and Careers Fair taking place on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 May at the future home of Kendal College’s third campus – the second floor of the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

It’s all being hosted by a partnership of local organisations, including Cumbria Tourism, the Federation of Small Businesses, Inspira, Job Centre Plus, Kendal College and LOCALiQ.

Aimed at all ages and career stages, the event will feature both current job vacancies and opportunities to develop longer-term careers in key industries ranging from tourism and hospitality, to professional services, healthcare and public sector roles.

Alongside recruitment agencies and other support organisations like the Financial Management Bureau, a number of Universities and Further Education institutions from across the North of England will also be on hand to offer advice and inspiration.

That includes not only the University of Cumbria and Lancaster University, but the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Myerscough College, Edgehill and the University of Sheffield to make just a few.

Chris Gibson, Contract Manager at Inspira comments, “This will be an important event for jobseekers from across the county. Whether you’re looking for a part-time role, searching for a new long-term career or just toying with the idea of a job move in the near future, it’s an opportunity to come face to face with a wide range of businesses and scratch beneath the surface of what’s involved in different industries.

“So often, we have fixed ideas about what it means to work in say, tourism or hospitality – but the reality can be very different. This event is all about opening people’s ideas to the diversity and flexibility of Cumbria’s jobs market and I hope jobseekers from a whole range of backgrounds and circumstances will make the most of it.”

The Holker Group is one of the home-grown businesses taking part. Bev Russell, HR Manager at the Holker Estate says, “The Holker Group has a wide and varied portfolio of business interests and are passionate about the local communities and environments in which we work. Our business includes: Burlington Slate, Cartmel Racecourse, land and property and of course, Holker Hall and Gardens.

“We really do have a vast and varied array of roles, which includes gardeners, ground staff, events mangers, administrators, land agents, mechanical engineers, production and quarry operatives, and let us not forget our supporting services such as IT, HR, finance, and health and safety. This event provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the scope of superb roles, that are available on the Estate and around our ever-evolving company.”

Lakeland will be another of the key employers at the event. Kelly Howe, Communications Manager at Lakeland adds, “We’re delighted to be supporting the Jobs and Careers Fair and are looking forward to sharing our employment opportunities with everyone attending. Our team will be on hand to talk about our roles and share what it’s like to work at Lakeland, as well as providing helpful information on how to apply for a role and insight into the application process.

“As a national, multi-channel retailer with our Head Office and Distribution Centre in the heart of the Lake District, there are often exciting opportunities across departments such as marketing, buying, finance, distribution, customer service and retail and we’re looking forward to exploring these in more detail with attendees at the fair.”

The Jobs and Careers Fair will open its doors from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 May on the second floor of the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

For further information visit: www.kend.ac/jcf22 

One of the UK’s leading Destination Management Organisations, Cumbria Tourism, is on the look-out for three new Non-Executive Directors to help maximise new opportunities for the industry – following an incredibly challenging two years during the pandemic.

Applications are now open for a total of three vacant roles to support Cumbria Tourism – the official voice of the county’s tourism and hospitality sector – and help drive forward the county’s visitor economy.

Established more than 40 years ago, the organisation represents around 2,500 member businesses and is recognised nationally, regionally and locally for the significant role it plays in supporting tourism-related businesses and elevating the county’s world-class visitor destination.

Cumbria Tourism’s new Non-Executive Directors will demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for improving all aspects of Cumbria’s tourism sector, as well as the skills and experience to help spearhead Cumbria Tourism’s ambitious commercial aims as an organisation.

They will reflect the diversity, geography, breadth and focus of Cumbria Tourism’s membership. Specialist knowledge and expertise in one of the following three categories would also be an advantage:

  1. Large tourism operator
  2. Public relations and communications
  3. Small tourism operator

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, says, “To keep the organisation agile and innovative in a fast-changing world, we have a rolling programme of Non-Executive Director appointments and are now looking for applications from experienced and commercially minded professionals who can guide and support both Cumbria Tourism and the wider industry.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult couple of years for the sector and we have many challenges, but also huge opportunities ahead. It’s critical that Cumbria Tourism remains at the top of its game, in order to maintain our market share and support for member businesses.

“The commitment, passion and skills of our private sector Non-Executive Directors will help us to realise our full potential and we are looking forward to applications from like-minded individuals to join us as we champion the county as a leading visitor destination.”

Each newly appointed Non-Executive Director will hold office for a term of five years; they will then retire and be eligible for re-election for a maximum of three terms.

Full details of each vacancy and the application process are available on the Cumbria Tourism website.

The closing date for applications is 9am on 26 May 2022 and the new Board members will take up their roles ahead of Cumbria Tourism’s Annual General Meeting on 16 June.

Cumbria Tourism – the county’s official Destination Management Organisation – says businesses are feeling optimistic about the Easter holidays, marking the start of this year’s main visitor season.

As the official Easter break gets underway, this is the first time the majority of Cumbria’s tourism operators have been open to visitors without restrictions since 2019 – and with so much uncertainty for the last two years, they are looking forward to getting back to business.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, says: “With this being the first normal Easter since 2019 it will be amazing to see visitors supporting our local communities and businesses once again. It’s also a great time to shine the spotlight on some great new places and experiences to discover throughout our county.

“Endless opportunities can be found in all corners of Cumbria. As well as the Lake District World Heritage Site, people can head to the coast and discover more than 120 miles of coastline stretching from the Scottish Borders to Morecambe Bay. Or they can enjoy a peaceful slice of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines in historic market towns like Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale and Kirkby Stephen. To the north, there is Carlisle and beyond to explore over 2000 years of history wrapped in Hadrian’s Wall.

“Of course, Cumbria is increasingly becoming a must visit destination for food lovers too. The combination of locally sourced produce and culinary expertise has made eating out a truly outstanding experience and we’ve got ten Michelin stars to prove it – that’s the most stars outside of London and the South East.”

Cumbria Tourism is also highlighting its recently created Cumbrian Coastal Route (CCR 200), a newly designated 200-mile route exploring the county’s coastal gems specifically for motorhome and campervan owners.

The CCR 200 is split into a series of smaller sections, all do-able in a day, and is part of the ‘Van Life’ section on the region’s official visitor-facing website www.visitlakedistrict.com. This sits alongside a ‘Know before you go’ section and a Code of Conduct for motorhome and campervan owners.

Gill Haigh adds, “There are also plenty of car-free ways to enjoy the views and explore our world-class landscapes from a different perspective. For instance, visitors can take the opportunity to hop on and off regular bus services with a ‘park and explore’ ticket or Lakes Dayrider.  We are encouraging people to walk, cycle or travel by boat and train too – making the journey part of the experience.

“However people choose to get around, my message to visitors is that there is so much to see and do this Easter, try to plan ahead and make this most of this special place while you are here.

News of major rail disruption on the West Coast mainline over the Easter weekend – coupled with continuing strikes on TransPennine Express (TPE) routes – is a double blow for Cumbria’s recovering tourism industry, according to the county’s official Destination Management Organisation.


Cumbria Tourism says it is dismayed to hear confirmation that Network Rail will be carrying out significant works on sections of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Scotland from 15 to 18 April, causing major disruption on what will be the first full Easter break for tourism operators since 2019.


Separately, there will also be continuing strike action on TPE routes due to industrial action by the RMT on 16 and 17 April, with a very small number of trains in operation.


Chairman of Cumbria Tourism, Jim Walker, says, “Following two years of lockdown over the important Easter period, tourism operators have been gearing up for the start of the visitor season with growing optimism that things are finally beginning to return to normal.


“From the perspective of an industry that is trying to bounce back from a tremendously challenging couple of years, it is so disappointing that Network Rail have chosen this key Bank Holiday Weekend to prevent rail travel!


“It’s doubly frustrating because we have been seeing growing interest in the Lake District, Cumbria, from staycationers in the South East. Rail travel is an integral part of our sustainable transport offer for these audiences and as the county’s Destination Management Organisation, we have been working hard with partners like Northern, Stagecoach and Avanti to encourage people back onto public transport following the COVID restrictions.

“We also know that rail commuter travel has dropped due to the pandemic and leisure passengers will have an increasingly important role to play in the future. Creating another barrier for potential visitors is a real setback in terms of shaping longer-term behaviours around sustainable transport choices.”

He adds, “The issues on the West Coast mainline are further exacerbated by driver shortages and the continuing disruption we’re already seeing on the TransPennine Express network. We hope this dispute can be resolved quickly to limit further disruption.”

Amateur and professional writers alike are in line for widespread recognition with the launch of the 2022 Lakeland Book of the Year Awards.

Entries are now in for the prestigious competition, which can include any book published in 2021 set in – or featuring – Cumbria.

Founded by Hunter Davies OBE almost four decades ago – supported by Cumbria Tourism and main sponsors James Cropper – the Lakeland Book of the Year are now in their 38th year and celebrate the amazing variety and quantity of writing that the Lake District, Cumbria inspires.

The finalists are whittled down from around 70 books each year across six main categories, with the overall winner receiving the ultimate accolade of Lakeland Book of the Year 2022:

  • The Bookends Prize for People and Business
  • The Striding Edge Prize for Guides and Places
  • The Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition
  • The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration and Presentation
  • The Wordsworth, Grasmere Prize for Literature & Poetry
  • The Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction


  • OVERALL WINNER: The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2022


The judging panel with the task of reading all entries and selecting the shortlist and final winner are:

  • Head judge and founder Hunter Davies OBE (prolific author and regular contributor to a range of national press outlets)
  • Eric Robson OBE DL (broadcaster, President of Cumbria Tourism, Chairman of The Wainwright Society)
  • Fiona Armstrong (ITV and BBC newscaster, author, journalist and Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries).


All seven prizes will be presented at a charity awards event on 12 July 2022. Attended by authors, publishers and book lovers from throughout Cumbria and beyond, this annual ceremony has previously raised thousands for well deserving local charities including The Stroke Association, St. Mary’s Hospice & Save the Children.

Judge Eric Robson OBE DL says “The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards – now in their 38th year and still thriving – are one of the most distinguished awards in the country and I am proud to be a long-term supporter. Cumbria and the Lake District are home to some of the most inspiring scenery in the world and each year I am blown away by the staggering range and quality of entries we receive – it’s an honour and a privilege to read every single one of them”.



Entry forms are easy to download at: www.lakelandbookoftheyear.co.uk  Or for more information about the event, contact Ben Melling at Cumbria Tourism on 01539 822 222.

Funding to help Cumbrian businesses and community groups go green in a post-pandemic world will be unveiled tomorrow Thursday 23 September, to coincide with Climate Action Day.

 The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is opening round 2 of its Grants Scheme to help organisations introduce measures that reduce carbon emissions.  It’s a chance for both businesses and community groups to be awarded up to 60% of project costs, making the move to low carbon technologies and practices more affordable.

 The Low Carbon Lake District Grants Scheme is open to a range of industry sectors, including hospitality, manufacturing, retail and transport. It is being led by the Lake District Foundation as part of Low Carbon Lake District, with support from the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Examples of projects that may be funded include:

  • Low carbon energy use and generation, such as solar photo voltaic, solar thermal, biomass, anaerobic digestion, small hydro power, ground and air source heat pumps.
  • Energy efficiency projects, including variable speed drives, voltage optimisation, infrared heating, LED lighting and upgrading to efficient appliances.

Examples of organisations already supported through round one of the scheme earlier this year include Levens Village Shop, which was awarded a grant to install an energy efficient refrigeration system. Meanwhile, Rookhow Quaker Meeting House in the Rusland Valley was awarded a grant to install an air source heat pump and loft insulation to improve the comfort levels in the building while reducing the carbon footprint.

Development Manager at Rookhow, Sue Nicholls, says, “There is a real – and vital – focus on sustainability right now and lots of expertise out there for organisations like ours in Cumbria, so I would strongly urge others to investigate the funding currently available through the Low Carbon Lake District Grants Scheme.

 “The support we have received is helping to create a ‘living space’ for future generations and has come at just the right time for us. These changes will help preserve this historic building and make it much more usable and comfortable for a range of community groups.”

Sarah Swindley, CEO of the Lake District Foundation, adds: “We are very excited to launch round two of this grants scheme, supporting Lake District businesses to take steps towards net zero. It’s fantastic news that there’s been such a great take up with these grants already and we are delighted to be able to support local organisations to deliver low carbon projects. The Grants Scheme can support SMEs and community groups across a wide range of sectors and we look forward to assessing the next round of projects.”

The Lake District National Park Authority’s Low Carbon Lake District Coordinator, Danny Coward, comments: “It is so important that we all play our role in helping to contribute positively to tackle climate change. The ESIF grant scheme is a fantastic opportunity to help businesses and community groups make the right choice, helping create a pathway to a cleaner and greener, net zero future.”

Registrations for the Low Carbon Lake District Grants Scheme will be open HERE from 9am on Thursday 23 September until 5pm on Thursday 14 October.

The Low Carbon Lake District team will be on hand at the ‘Ambleside to Zero’ event on 23 September to answer any questions about the scheme.

Organisations can also sign up to a free webinar HERE the following Thursday, 30 September, where a member of the LDF team will explain more about the fund and how to apply, presentations from previous grant recipients and a grant scheme Q&A.

All applicants will be assessed by the Lake District Foundation at the initial concept stage to check they are eligible to take part.  Projects requiring design or feasibility support are not eligible for funding support, but Low Carbon Lake District may be able to identify alternative funding or support for these earlier stage environmental projects.



Notes to Editors:

The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is a comprehensive programme to help tackle climate change in the National Park, working in partnership with local businesses and communities to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Led by the Lake District National Park Authority, other key partners include the Lake District Foundation, the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.

Low Carbon Lake District has received funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) are the Managing Authorities for European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding.

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.