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South Lakeland is 'start up hub' of Cumbria - Farron

November 20, 2014 2:19 PM

Creating a thriving high street in Kendal and other towns in South Lakeland is a key Council Plan priority for SLDC. (South Lakeland District Council)Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed information released by Cumbria Intelligence Observatory that South Lakeland is the top place within the county for start-up businesses. Tim has said this news shows that our area is the 'start up hub' of Cumbria.

Figures collated by the organisation Banksearch show that there were 724 business start-ups in Cumbria in July-Sept 2014. The highest number was in South Lakeland with 169 start-ups (23% of all start-ups), followed by Allerdale with 138 and Carlisle with 136 (both 19%).

The highest proportion of start-ups across Cumbria was in the real estate & professional services sector with 191 new businesses (26%), followed by recreation, personal & community services with 111 (15%) and construction with 100 (14%).

These figures add to those collated by Labour Insight for the period Aug-Oct 2014, which found there were 5,086 job vacancies in Cumbria, which is 295 more than in the previous quarter (May-Jul).

Tim said: "Seeing so many entrepreneurs setting up their own businesses is fantastic and shows that our area is the start-up hub of Cumbria. This news, added to the growing number of jobs being advertised and our work on apprenticeships, shows we are really making a difference locally."