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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 here for a training video, links, tools and advice on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website.


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 here.


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...


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...


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.


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 Made in Cumbria website, 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...


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 here for information on how...


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. Click here. It is also running a series of sector-specific workshops on Making...


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 here...


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...


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.


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...


Get ready for Brexit

John Scott, of Cumbria Trading Standards, looks at sensible measures businesses can take to be ready for Brexit. Click here to complete our Brexit preparedness survey. Here to access the Government’s ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ website. Here for a tool to help you prepare for EU Exit. Here for official advice on ‘no deal’ planning. Here for the British Chambers of Commerce’s Brexit Hub. And here for advice from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.


Capitalising on the Purple Pound

We explore how businesses can cater for the 13m people in the UK who have a disability. They represent a market worth £249bn a year. In this podcast Julia Walker, of Lake District Mobility, talks about practical steps that businesses can take to make themselves more attractive to disabled customers and their families. Chamber Business Solutions is running a training day, ‘Collecting the Purple Pound’ at Newton Rigg, Penrith, on February 21st, 2019, when Alice Loader, of Alice Associates,...


Meet our new export adviser Tiffany

Tiffany Solender is a successful entrepreneur who uses her knowledge and expertise to help other Cumbrian businesses sell overseas. Her company, Pogu, based at Staveley near Kendal, supplies road safety products for children to customers all over the world. In this podcast, she talks about her new role as an International Trade Adviser with the Department for International Trade and outlines the range of help available from workshops to export finance and trade missions. To find out more...


Do your bit to stop domestic abuse

Detective Superintendent Vicki Ellis of Cumbria Police explains how businesses can help to stamp out the scourge of domestic violence. Domestic abuse is endemic. Cumbria Police respond to 7,500 incidents every year, of which 4,500 are logged as crimes. In this podcast, Detective Superintendent Vicki Ellis sets out how employers can spot warning signs, which may indicate that an employee is suffering domestic abuse, and how they can support staff who are victims of abuse. For more...


Could you mentor a young person?

David Leadbetter of Inspira explains how employers can get involved in a programme to raise the aspirations of young Cumbrians. Inspira’s Employer Mentoring Programme is designed to raise the aspirations of young people at secondary school. It is currently running in North and West Cumbria. In this podcast David Leadbetter, Contract Manager with Inspira, explains why the programme was set up, the benefits to employers who take part, how youngsters are selected for mentoring and how you...


Why it pays to be autism-friendly

700,000 people in the UK have autism. Sheila Gregory of Carlisle Mencap sets out how and why businesses should cater for them. Approximately 1% of the UK population have autism, around 700,000 people. That’s a large potential market for businesses to target as customers and a big pool of labour from which to recruit. Indeed, people with autism can sometimes have exceptional skills that make them very valuable employees. In this podcast, Sheila Gregory, Chief Executive of Carlisle Mencap,...


Tom Samson offers fresh hope for Moorside

The man driving plans for a nuclear power station in West Cumbria explains his strategy to save the project. NuGen’s £15bn plan for a nuclear power station at Moorside, next to Sellafield, would be the biggest private-sector investment Cumbria has ever seen. But the project is in trouble. NuGen’s owner Toshiba wants out while the Korean company that had been poised to replace Toshiba is having second thoughts. Currently, NuGen is shedding two-thirds of its workforce. In this podcast,...


Is something holding your business back?

A third of SME owners face difficulties in growing their businesses. Growth Hub adviser Adrian Luckham offers practical help. Polling commissioned by the British Business Bank suggests that one-in-three business owners want to grow their businesses but are unsure how to do it. In this podcast, Adrian Luckham, one of the most experienced advisers with Cumbria Business Growth Hub, identifies the barriers that are holding businesses back and explores ways to overcome them. To find out how...