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Staying competitive in a disruptive world (part 2): discussing the findings of the Cumbria LSIP final report

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

Release Date: 09/04/2023

Cumbria Business Growth Hub episode 18: Veronica Waller of the Farmer Network on business support for farmers show art Cumbria Business Growth Hub episode 18: Veronica Waller of the Farmer Network on business support for farmers

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

Our guest on the podcast is Veronica Waller of the Farmer Network, who joins us to discuss financial business support available to farms and other land-based businesses in the form of £500 vouchers to work with a consultant of their choice. We discuss recent changes to agricultural policy and subsidies and how farmers can use the vouchers to pay for consultancy to help them navigate these changes. Click here for more information and to apply for a voucher -   

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Cumbria Business Growth Hub podcast episode 17: Inspira CEO Mark Bowman on supporting people into work show art Cumbria Business Growth Hub podcast episode 17: Inspira CEO Mark Bowman on supporting people into work

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We're joined by Mark Bowman, CEO of careers advice and guidance organisation, Inspira, for a conversation on how the organisation supports people into the workforce and key insights on the current Cumbrian labour market in 2024. We cover... Current challenges faced by clients and what this says about the wider labour market Changing application processes Inspira's work supporting young people  Inspira's work supporting older people back into work Inspira's work with employers Designing the ideal work experience placement To find out more and get involved, visit Inspira's website here: ...

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Discussing the benefits of going green with Kate Fraser of Hutton John Estate show art Discussing the benefits of going green with Kate Fraser of Hutton John Estate

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

We're joined by Kate Fraser of Chamber member Hutton John Estate. The family-owned estate is home to a range of luxury holiday lets which are busy throughout the year. The topic of conversation is on the business’s innovative approach to becoming more environmentally friendly. We also discuss the green business support Kate has received from the Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub. We cover: The estate’s new environmentally friendly holiday cabins Balancing guest experience with conserving energy Using local suppliers Electric Vehicle consultancy support received through the WF...

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Using EDI to create a positive workplace culture with HR consultant Mel Kinsella show art Using EDI to create a positive workplace culture with HR consultant Mel Kinsella

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We're joined on the Cumbria Chamber podcast this month by Mel Kinsella, Director of Chamber member Kinsella HR Solutions. Our conversation is on theme of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), delving into definitions, combatting stereotypes, creating positive work environments for all employees, and the benefits to decision making of diverse thinking. Find out more and contact Kinsella HR here:  

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We talk to Chamber members Julie Doherty and Helen Vanroose-Brydon from the Plastic Bottles Company about their work advising small businesses on the packaging they need; some of the unusual requests they've had over the years; the environmental impact of plastic packaging and how the industry is working to become more sustainable.  Check out their website here:

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Launching our Supply Chain Programme with Martyn Staveley show art Launching our Supply Chain Programme with Martyn Staveley

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Launching our Supply Chain Programme with Martyn Staveley This month we’re joined by Martyn Staveley of 3 Peaks Consulting. Martyn is leading on our new Supply Chain Pilot Programme, which will offer 1-2-1 support to twelve businesses in Cumbria who are looking to enter new supply chains. In our conversation we discuss… Martyn’s background working in national and international supply chains and supporting businesses to access new opportunities; what businesses on the programme can expect (including a meet the buyer event); the need for a supply chain programme in Cumbria; demystifying...

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Discussing Team Evie's Peer Support Service with CEO, Greg Johnston show art Discussing Team Evie's Peer Support Service with CEO, Greg Johnston

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

We're joined on the podcast this month by Greg Johnston, Founder and CEO of Chamber member Team Evie. Our conversation delves into Team Evie's new Peer Support Service. A newly-launched service pairing the families of sick children with Peer Supporters, trained volunteers who have also experienced time in hospital with their baby or child. Team Evie are currently looking to recruit Peer Supporters and are asking businesses to spread the word among employees should anyone be interested in getting involved.   For more information businesses should get in touch with Greg by emailing - ...

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How businesses can help Cumbria reach net zero by 2037 with Steve Curl of Zero Carbon Cumbria show art How businesses can help Cumbria reach net zero by 2037 with Steve Curl of Zero Carbon Cumbria

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We're joined this month on the podcast by Steve Curl, Chair of the Strategic Oversight Board for Zero Carbon Cumbria, an initiative which brings together efforts to reduce carbon emissions across Cumbria. We discuss: What is Zero Carbon Cumbria and what are its aims? How are we going to reach net zero by 2037? What does this mean for businesses in Cumbria? How can they get involved? So why should businesses and industry decarbonise, what’s in it for them? How big a challenge is this? Do we really think we can achieve net zero in Cumbria by 2037?  Find out more about Zero Carbon...

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Directors Forum Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 - A conversation with Danny Sawrij, CEO of Leo group show art Directors Forum Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 - A conversation with Danny Sawrij, CEO of Leo group

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In this episode of the Directors Forum podcast we’re joined by Danny Sawrij, Owner of Leo Group, one of our Cumbria Chamber Patrons. We discuss Danny’s career from selling chocolate bars in the playground as a boy and then leaving school at 14 to buy and sell cattle, to owning and operating one of the UK’s leading specialists and animal by-products and renewable energy. We cover the twists and turns of Danny’s career; his outlook on hard work and working relationships; his thoughts on farming and the UK food industry and some amusing anecdotes and lessons learned along they way. Enjoy...

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The benefits of volunteering with Judith Smale of Cumbria CVS show art The benefits of volunteering with Judith Smale of Cumbria CVS

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Podcast

We talk to Judith Smale of Chamber member Cumbria CVS about the benefits of volunteering for individuals and businesses. Our talk also covers CVS's new volunteering database where individuals can register and search for opportunities (); employer supported volunteering (ESV); support for businesses; and the ESV subgroup.

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Cumbria's Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) is an employer-led and locally owned initiative which aims to set out the key priorities needed to make technical education and skills provision more responsive to the changing needs of employers and the local economy.

August 2023 saw the release of this year's LSIP report for Cumbria. Find out more.

To discuss the findings of the report we're joined by Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Engagement Manager, Kevin Warman, and Chamber member and Certified Career & Leadership Executive Coach Alec Pearson.

Our conversation is spilt into two parts:

  • Part 1 looks at employability skills, emotional intelligence, and recruitment and retainment.
  • Part 2 looks at challenges surrounding leadership and management, coaching, skills of the future and AI, and what’s next for the LSIP.

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Suggested reflective questions for business leaders provided by Alec Pearson

Planning for 2024:

  • What is your successful outcome for 2024?
  • What issues or possibly own self-limiting beliefs might impact this?
  • What lessons can you learn from the last 12-24 months to help you shape a successful strategy?
    • As a result, what are the feasible steps you should take?
  • Does the level of available skills in your organisation support your successful outcome aim?  If not, what skills are required?
  • What additional support do you need required?