Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has announced the appointment of a new Director, Graham Haywood, to drive forward the next phase of its strategic economic plan, which aims to create 15,000 jobs in Cumbria by 2024.
Graham has previously been the chief executive at Sefton Council and North Tyneside Council, which included working on the economic growth agenda in Merseyside and the development of enterprise zones in the North East.
George Beveridge, Chairman of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “I’m delighted that Graham is joining Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership as Director. His experience working on the growth agendas in Merseyside and the North East, while leading two large local authorities, will be invaluable as we move into delivering the significant investment in improving the Cumbrian economy that the LEP has secured.
“Graham has an excellent track record in providing successful leadership that delivers results, and has a great deal of experience in working with public and private sector partnerships.
“Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership now has significant funding to help achieve our ambition of becoming one of the fastest growing economies in the UK. This includes over £47 million of funding from the Government’s Growth Deal and a further £87 million from the European Funding Programme.
“In the last round of funding Cumbria had one of the highest Growth Deal allocations per head of population in the country. That shows we are doing really well in making our case to Government.”
“This investment will help to unlock the county’s economic potential. This is a watershed moment for the Cumbrian economy and it is important that we all work together to ensure we maximise the benefits for the county.”
Graham Haywood says: “This is an exciting time for Cumbria with major investment planned by companies such as BAE Systems, GSK and Nugen, as well as the funding the LEP has secured to invest in improving infrastructure, skills, business support and sustainability.
“I am looking forward to talking to people in the business community and other organisations in Cumbria about the priorities for the county, to ensure we can make the most of the tremendous opportunity this investment presents.”
The Cumbria Growth Deal includes the following projects:
- Port of Workington Access and Infrastructure – this project will deliver better road and rail links into the port and employment land to the north and progress core Port infrastructure works.
- Advanced Technology Training Centre at Furness College – This project is to develop a purpose-built training facility to service the demand for skills training, supporting the advanced manufacturing sector linked to the BAE Systems and GSK growth plans.
- Nuclear Technology Innovation Gateway – This will be the centrepiece of the Cumbria Centre of Nuclear Excellence programme. It will provide a new £26.5m facility in West Cumbria to showcase UK excellence in fuels, computing, reprocessing and remote engineering.
- Ulverston Infrastructure Programme – This programme seeks to reduce the flood risk to homes and businesses enabling sustainable growth and investment.
- Carlisle College: Advanced Manufacturing Centre – The AMC will deliver an employer led curriculum at all levels to the engineering, manufacturing and processing sectors.
- Cumbria Skills and Capital Investment Programme – The funding will be used to deliver state of the art facilities, bring together learning and workspace to stimulate enterprise and increase STEM R&D laboratory space.
- Growing our Potential – This programme will provide grant aid to help Cumbrian businesses deliver capital projects that can help them grow and create and/or safeguard jobs.
- Connecting Cumbria – Phase 2 of Connecting Cumbria will extend availability of Superfast Broadband to an additional 5,000 homes over and above the 111,000 covered by phase 1.
- Barrow Waterfront Enterprise Zone – The project involves the improvement of the employment site which will accommodate supply chain firms alongside a major new BAE logistics facility.
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