The University of Cumbria works in close collaboration with a wide range of partners to ensure we keep ourselves informed of all activities within the county and beyond. Where possible we aim to pool resources and information so that we can offer the best advice and learning to businesses.
- The Carlisle Business Interaction Centre (CBIC) visibly represents the partnership between the University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council, demonstrating the commitment of both parties to the city. This partnership supports the development of enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, raising business and higher level skills, improving graduate attraction and retention, and taking to action a number of the recommendations in the Carlisle Economic Partnership study. CBIC, managed by Ewan Pullan, adds to the re-energised cultural quarter, and supports the business and student communities with enterprise, business and higher level skills development.
- Other partnership activity includes the team working in partnership with other regional education providers and the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, in order to provide joined-up support to local businesses. We work closely together to provide coherent offers to develop and support businesses in Carlisle, and more broadly across Cumbria. The university offer includes access to training and development, workshops and events, student and graduate placement opportunities and access to academic expertise.
- The university is also working closely with Freerange Industries to support the growth and development of the emerging creative and digital sector within Carlisle. Businesses are able to access support and advice at weekly Friday breakfast events held at CBIC.
We’re also working with the National Trust. The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity, protecting over a fifth of the land in the Lake District, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, its deepest lake, Wastwater, its precious wildlife, 90 tenanted farms, and the cultural heritage within a dozen historic buildings. The Trust supports 300 jobs in Cumbria and the Lake District and works with local volunteers, who help look after one of England’s most inspirational landscapes. The Trust is dependent on the support of its members and the visitors to their special places each year: every penny raised in Cumbria is invested in caring for this special place.
Read more about our agreement with the National Trust
- We proudly sponsor the Sustainable Tourism Award at Cumbria Tourism Awards. We are working closely with the Visitor and Rural economy to develop skills through our Apprenticeships courses.
- Carlisle Ambassadors: As a member of Carlisle Ambassadors we look to join other members in raising the profile of Carlisle, making it a better place to live, work, invest and visit.
The University of Cumbria is an Ambassador Member of Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce. Ambassadors are a group of key influential organisations who share the values that drive the local economy and Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce forward.
John Berry sits on the board of Britain Energy Coast Business Cluster. BECBC is a membership organisation so all board members are elected from the membership, are volunteers and serve a three year term. BECBC has over 300 members from across all disciplines, private and public sector – all predominantly serving the energy coast supply chain
We want to incorporate the business voice into the way we develop courses. With this in mind, many of our team are part of regional networking groups - our development team regularly visit businesses to see what their specific needs are and how we can develop bespoke activity or match our initiatives.
At Cumbria the primary aim of enterprise is to develop dynamic ways for the university to collaborate with business. We are fully committed to driving economic growth and wealth-creating opportunities by working with partner organisations across Cumbria to make a positive impact in our region.
If you would like to work with us, please get in touch.