Cumbria Voices: Hear from world class business in Cumbria

7th July 2021

Cumbria may be best known for its stunning lakes and mountains, but it is also home to world class businesses working across a number of sectors.

Cumbria Community Foundation is inviting people to find out more about these businesses at an online event ‘Cumbria Voices: Aspiration and Excellence: World class business in Cumbria’ on Thursday 15th July at 6pm.

The event is being hosted by the Foundation’s Cumbria Club as part of the Cumbria Voices campaign and is the first in a series of events being held in partnership with Armstrong Watson. Cumbria Voices will give an opportunity for different facets of Cumbria to be showcased to people both within and outside the county, and future events will focus on the art that our beautiful landscapes have inspired, the environment that we all enjoy, and the foods that our county is famous for producing.

On 15th July, we will hear from leading figures of businesses who have grown and made their home in Cumbria, including Martin Rayner from Lakeland Ltd, Matt Mellor from Createc, and Phil Wild from James Cropper Plc, alongside Sue Green from social enterprise The Oaklea Trust and Jo Lappin from Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership.

Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We founded the Cumbria Club with Lord Bragg’s support in 2020 to showcase all things Cumbria to everyone who has an interest in sustaining our Cumbrian communities. We are delighted to bring together for our first Cumbria Voices event some of the leading figures from Cumbria’s business world to explore the themes of aspiration and excellence, and we are grateful to Armstrong Watson for their partnership.”

Accountants, business and financial advisory firm, Armstrong Watson, has supported and advised businesses in Cumbria for more than 150 years. With the origins of the firm in Carlisle, it has expanded over the years to 17 regional offices across the north of England and Scotland, including six across the county.

Stephen McCullough, Partner and Head of Marketing and Business Development, said: “We are delighted to support the Cumbria Voices events which will help to highlight the wealth of homegrown activity in Cumbria, be that in business, the arts and culture, alongside supporting the environment and natural heritage the county is well known for. We’re well aware of many of the world-class businesses Cumbria has to offer and we look forward to interesting and lively presentations and debate from Cumbria Voices both inside and outside our beautiful county.”

To find out more about this event and to register to attend, click here or email

The Cumbria Club is open to individuals and families who live both inside and outside the county. Membership presents an opportunity to engage with others who have an interest in the county, including the landscape, communities, culture, environment, economy, and history. To find out more about the Cumbria Club, click here.