Thomson Hayton Winkley Solicitors have been unveiled as the latest organisation to be named as one of Cumbria Tourism’s official Strategic Partners.

The company joins a select group of influential tourism-related businesses who share Cumbria Tourism’s core values and desire to significantly grow the value of the county’s £2.9billion tourism sector for the local economy.

Thomson Hayton Winkley employ around 100 staff and provide legal services for tourism and hospitality businesses across Cumbria and beyond. As well as operating a legal helpline, it has five offices in South Cumbria: in Kendal, Windermere, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grange and the Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre.

Director John Cooke says, “It’s easy to think of tourism businesses as hotels and guesthouses, pubs and restaurants, but it is of course much wider ranging than that. We recognise the value of all businesses to the Cumbrian visitor economy and we aim to support them and build longstanding relationships.

“We have a strong history of representing clients in the tourism industry, so becoming a Strategic Partner means we are cementing that expertise in a way which helps us support Cumbria Tourism, its member businesses and other like-minded organisations who want to see the visitor economy grow and prosper for the benefit of everyone.

Our Managing Director, Gill Haigh, says, “We are proud to be one of the largest member Destination Management Organisations (DMO) in the UK and our Strategic Partners are a core network of organisations who want to get behind us share their collective expertise to champion the delivery of effective destination marketing for the county. It is important to draw on the experience and enthusiasm of companies like Thomson Hayton Winkley who have an in-depth understanding of the different parts of our £2.9billion tourism sector and can help us drive forward for the future.”

Thomson Hayton Winkley has expertise in areas such as buying and selling property and businesses, helping start-ups, dealing with disputes, employment matters and terms of business and helping people plan for the future.

Cumbria Tourism’s other Strategic Partners include:

  • ABP (Associated British Ports) Barrow
  • The Cumberland For Business
  • Forestry Commission England
  • Inspired Energy
  • Lake District Estates
  • Lamont Pridmore
  • NFU Mutual
  • University of Cumbria
  • United Utilities (Cumbria Tourism patron)
  • Windermere Lake Cruises

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