Cumbria Growth Hub Podcast
Catch up with the latest news, information and interviews on the Cumbria Growth Hub podcast.
info_outline Coronavirus: The essential business podcast 03/13/2020
Coronavirus: The essential business podcast What every business needs to know about Coronavirus. In this podcast, lawyers Frances Cameron and Luke Donockley, of Muckle LLP, set out the obligations and risks facing employers and outline steps to take to minimise damage to your business. Keep up to date with the latest information with the Chamber’s Coronavirus Toolkit, which is updated regularly. Click . Cumbria Chamber of Commerce members also get access to a free HR helpline. For more information about Chamber membership, click .
info_outline Budget podcast with RSM 03/12/2020
Budget podcast with RSM This podcast replaces our Budget Breakfast with RSM, which we cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak. RSM tax partners Stephen Hunter and Anthony Cox talk through Budget tax changes and provide valuable pointers as to how your business should respond. Click to download RSM's Budget 2020 checklist.
info_outline Tapping into University expertise 01/06/2020
Tapping into University expertise Find out how Lancaster University Management School can help your business develop and prosper. Pete Cornwall from LUMS discusses programmes specifically for SMEs in Cumbria covering leadership, productivity, digital technologies for manufacturers, innovation and – new for 2020 – family businesses. Many of these programmes are available to qualifying businesses free or at reduced cost through Cumbria Business Growth Hub. For information on Cumbria Forum click , for the Made Smarter Leadership Programme , for the Innovation Development Programme , for Productivity Through People , for the Family Business Excellence Programme and for information on undergraduate placements . And for details of an upcoming Cumbria Forum Masterclass event with Shaun Wane click .
info_outline What does the future hold for South Lakeland? 12/17/2019
What does the future hold for South Lakeland? We look at the prospects for 2020 and beyond with Councillor Robin Ashcroft, the economy, culture and leisure portfolio holder at South Lakeland District Council. The conversation covers recruitment difficulties, boosting productivity, greening the economy, revitalising town centres, proposals for a Morecambe Bay barrage and a possible Morecambe Bay Growth Deal.
info_outline How to supply ENGIE 12/11/2019
How to supply ENGIE What SMEs need to know about working with ENGIE, which has won significant contracts to build extra care housing in Cumbria. Operations Manager Paul Young discusses the opportunities, ENGIE’s procurement criteria and what it looks for in suppliers and sub-contractors. To find out about how Cumbria Business Growth Hub can help SMEs get work with ENGIE and other large businesses, click .
info_outline Election podcast: Sue Hayman 12/02/2019
Election podcast: Sue Hayman The Labour candidate for Workington defends her party’s plans for spending and taxation and set out plans for a £400bn National Transformation Fund. We challenge her on Labour’s nationalisation proposals and ask if its Inclusive Ownership Funds will deter business investment.
info_outline Election podcast: John Stevenson 11/28/2019
Election podcast: John Stevenson The Conservative candidate for Carlisle on trade and immigration after Brexit, tackling skills shortages and escalating costs for business. We ask him if the North is getting a raw deal on infrastructure and why the Conservative manifesto makes no mention of nuclear new build.
info_outline Election podcast: Tim Farron 11/27/2019
Election podcast: Tim Farron The Lib Dem candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale predicts the outcome of the General Election and takes questions on Brexit, business rates, lifelong learning and other policies. We ask him why nuclear power doesn’t get a mention in the Lib Dem manifesto and why the party wants to axe one of the submarines being built by BAE Systems in Barrow.
info_outline How to respond to extreme weather 11/07/2019
How to respond to extreme weather Employment lawyer Nigel Crebbin, of Burnetts Solicitors, looks at what businesses can do when winter strikes. Are you required to pay staff who can’t get to work? Can you insist that they work from home? What if your premises have to close because of flooding? This podcast covers all these issues and more.
info_outline How Brexit affects data and IP 10/16/2019
How Brexit affects data and IP Understand what Brexit will mean for data handling and intellectual property rights including copyright, designs, trade marks and patents. Lawyer Alex Craig, of Muckle, outlines the changes and the likely impacts for UK businesses.
info_outline International trade after Brexit 10/15/2019
International trade after Brexit Mark Rowbotham, a consultant in international trade, explores what a no-deal Brexit would mean for exporters and importers. Understand what you need to put in place to ensure that trade continues to flow smoothly.
info_outline How Brexit affects your workforce 10/15/2019
How Brexit affects your workforce The implications of Brexit for EU nationals already in the UK, those looking to work here and for UK nationals who need to work in the EU. Lee Petts, of Seekly Recruitment, sets out what employers need to be doing to ensure they can retain and recruit the people they need.
info_outline What Brexit means for your business 09/25/2019
What Brexit means for your business Simon Hart and Richard Arnott from the accountancy specialist RSM explore last-minute Brexit preparations and the likely impact of Brexit on Cumbria and the wider economy. Simon is RSM's national lead Brexit partner, who spends his days analysing Brexit risks and advising clients how to manage them, while Richard is a consulting director based in Cumbria.
info_outline How Lakeland Mues got into Booths 08/19/2019
How Lakeland Mues got into Booths Luke Christian of Lakeland Mues tells the story behind the business and how persistence earned them a listing at Booths supermarkets – with help from our Supply Chain Opportunity Club. luxury muesli blends are now available in Booths’ stores in Windermere, Penwortham, Ulverston, Penrith, Ilkley, Longton, Keswick, Lytham, Garstang, Ripon and St Annes. To find out how the Growth Hub can help your business target new markets, click or call 0844 257 84 50.
info_outline Where does the economy go from here? 08/07/2019
Where does the economy go from here? One of the UK’s top economists outlines the prospects for the UK economy as the October 31 Brexit deadline approaches. Suren Thiru is Head of Economics and Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce. We recorded this podcast when he visited Cumbria to speak at a joint event with the Bank of England. He considers the implications of a no-deal Brexit and the outlook for growth, interest rates, recruitment and investment. Click for the Growth Hub’s Brexit Insight guide to Brexit planning.
info_outline Protect your business against cyber crime 07/10/2019
Protect your business against cyber crime One-in-five businesses are affected by cyber crime in any one year. Don’t be the next victim. In this podcast Jon Hill, a detective with Cumbria Constabulary’s new Cyber and Digital Crime Unit, and Peter McCall, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, look at how businesses can protect themselves. Click for a training video, links, tools and advice on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website.
info_outline How businesses can make a difference 07/01/2019
How businesses can make a difference Hear how Cumbria Community Foundation helps businesses in the county to make a difference to disadvantaged people. The charity, set up in 1999, has made grants totalling £44m so far. In this podcast, Chief Executive Andy Beeforth sets out how the Foundation channels donations from businesses and enables them achieve their corporate social responsibility objectives. For more information, click .
info_outline How to make your business more productive 06/05/2019
How to make your business more productive In this podcast, organisational development specialist Hazel Lowndes and Suzanne Caldwell, of Cumbria Business Growth Hub, explore ways to boost productivity. UK productivity – measured in output per worker – lags behind that of Germany, France, the US and most other developed economies. This podcast asks why that is the case and looks at what we can do about it. Contrary to popular myth, boosting productivity isn’t just about investing in high-tech equipment. Working on people and processes is just as effective. Click to find out Cumbria Business Growth Hub can help your business improve its productivity or call us on 0844 257 84 50.
info_outline Why it pays to recruit disabled staff 04/30/2019
Why it pays to recruit disabled staff Kirsty Mahoney of the charity Imagine Independence explains how she works with businesses to find employment for people with disabilities. Low unemployment and a shrinking working-age population are making it harder and harder for Cumbrian companies to recruit. In this podcast, Kirsty urges employers to embrace the talents and potential of disabled staff who, very often, can be accommodated in the workplace with minimal disruption simply by adopting a flexible approach. There is more information for businesses on the Imagine Independence website or email Kirsty at
info_outline Sexual harassment at work 04/25/2019
Sexual harassment at work How businesses can deal with sexual harassment in the workplace and avoid harassment claims from employees. In this podcast Michael Bauer, of Cumbria Employment Solicitors, explains the legal definition of sexual harassment and the responsibilities that employers have, then sets out measures businesses can take to eliminate harassment and reduce the likelihood of claims from employees.
info_outline Radical rethink for Made in Cumbria 04/18/2019
Radical rethink for Made in Cumbria We’ve relaunched Made in Cumbria, the Chamber’s initiative to help the county’s food, drink and craft businesses find new routes to market. In this podcast, Chamber Chief Executive Rob Johnston talks about the new , featuring stunning photography and telling the stories behind member businesses. He also outlines big plans for the Made in Cumbria retail outlet in Kendal, our social media campaign and the Made in Cumbria hampers. Made in Cumbria is open to food, drink and craft businesses whose products are wholly produced or substantially manufactured and finished in Cumbria. To find out more about membership email Michelle Wiggins at or call her on 0845 226 00 40.
info_outline Exporting the Oxley way 04/10/2019
Exporting the Oxley way Find out how Oxley Developments of Ulverston became one of Cumbria’s most successful exporters. Oxley’s Marketing Manager Jayne Moorby talks about trade missions, using overseas agents, how the company overcomes language and cultural barriers, and the help it receives from the Department for International Trade. Oxley began exporting in the 1970s and now sells its LED lighting and high-specification components in 34 countries across five continents. Click for information on how Cumbria Business Growth Hub can help your business to export or call us on 0844 257 84 50.
info_outline Is your business ready for Making Tax Digital? 03/28/2019
Is your business ready for Making Tax Digital? Amy Johnston of accountant David Allen explains how Making Tax Digital works and what businesses should do to comply. The new system launches on April 1st, 2019, initially for VAT. But according to recent research by the British Chambers of Commerce, thousands of businesses aren’t ready. Those that fall foul of the new rules will face penalties. David Allen has produced a handy guide to Making Tax Digital . It is also running a series of sector-specific workshops on Making Tax Digital. For information on these click . Click for information on Making Tax Digital on the gov.uk website.
info_outline Help for manufacturers in Cumbria 03/05/2019
Help for manufacturers in Cumbria Steve Wilkinson, of Cumbria Manufacturing Service, sets out the help and advice available to SME manufacturers including grants of up to £5,400. Steve has recently been appointed as an adviser with Cumbria Manufacturing Service. In this podcast, he explains his how he can help qualifying manufacturer SMEs to streamline their processes, drive up production capacity, innovate, improve business systems and access new markets. To find out more about Cumbria Manufacturing Service, click or call Cumbria Business Growth Hub on 0844 257 84 50.
info_outline The ultimate Brexit podcast 02/20/2019
The ultimate Brexit podcast This is the Brexit podcast businesses have been waiting for. Luke Donockley, a solicitor and Brexit expert with law firm Muckle LLP, explores what businesses can do to prepare for Brexit and what the ramifications are likely to be. He covers how to go about a Brexit risk assessment, imports and exports, tariffs, obstacles for hauliers, excise duty and VAT, business travel in the EU, trademarks, IP and data protection. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Muckle are running a Brexit Breakfast Briefing at Carlisle Racecourse on Thursday February 28th, from 8am to 10am. This is an opportunity to hear from the experts and put your Brexit-related questions. It’s a free event, to register click .
info_outline An interview with Sir Vince Cable 02/08/2019
An interview with Sir Vince Cable When the Lib Dem leader addressed a Chamber event in Kendal, we asked him about Brexit and other hot topics affecting business. In this podcast, Sir Vince looks at where Brexit is going, including the prospects for 'no deal' and a second referendum. He predicts that some Labour and Conservative MPs will quit their parties this year to sit as independents. And we hear his take on energy policy, including nuclear new build, productivity, the future of the high street and HS2.
info_outline How to supply Booths 01/29/2019
How to supply Booths Find out how food and drink businesses can get their products onto the shelves of regional supermarket chain Booths. Cumbria Business Growth Hub's Supply Chain Opportunity Club recently hosted an event with Booths where food and drink businesses were able to meet the supermarket's buying team. In this podcast, recorded at the event, Matt Bruno, Innovation Manager at Booths, explains Booths' procurement process while Eva Chua, Supply Chain Development Manager at the Growth Hub, sets out how the Growth Hub can help businesses to meet Booths' criteria. For more information on selling to Booths click . To see how the Growth Hub can help businesses looking to sell to Booths, and other large firms, click .