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Cumbria Growth Hub Podcast

Aug 30, 2018

Playdale Playgrounds only began exporting in 2009 and now sells to 49 countries. MD Barry Leahey explains how they did it.

The company manufactures outdoor playground equipment at Haverthwaite, near Ulverston, and sells its products across the globe.

It has been so successful at exporting that it was selected as one of...

Aug 23, 2018

City Council leader Colin Glover on plans for 10,000 new homes, Borderlands, Carlisle Airport, the Enterprise Zone and boosting the city centre.

Carlisle stands on the cusp of unprecedented growth.

The proposed St Cuthbert’s Garden Village would add up to 10,000 homes, potentially increasing the population of urban...

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...