Representing the Interests of Business…

Proactive representation is at the heart of the Chamber's remit, routed through three main channels:

  • Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Working with other accredited Chambers nationally as part of British Chambers of Commerce
  • Representing the interests of business through local groups and connections

The Chamber played a pivotal role in establishing Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership, working with partners to develop a bid praised for its innovative approach and structure. To date the Chamber has provided the resources to support the private sector Executive function. It continues to contribute actively to and enhance the work of the LEP.

Over £17 million funding secured through Cumbria's LEP.

“We’re proud to be associated with the team at Cumbria Chamber. Our long running partnership supports our ambition of a strong growing economy for Cumbria...”

Jackie Arnold, Head of Strategy & Business Planning, BAE Systems - Submarine Solutions

British Chambers of Commerce represents 53 accredited Chambers nationally. The Chamber network has thousands of members drawn from all business sectors who together employ over 5 million people.

As an accredited member of British Chambers of Commerce, Cumbria Chamber works closely with other Chambers to lobby Government on a wide range of issues relating to business. British Chambers of Commerce ensures the interests of members on matter relating to economic policy and legislation relevant to business are brought to the attention of the key decisionmakers in Government, giving members a direct voice in Whitehall and the corridors of power.

Cumbria Chamber is also actively engaged in representing its members at local level, working with local authorities and as part of business groups such as Carlisle Economic Partnership and Furness Economic Forum.