Cumbria Day success in Westminster

By Rachael Grealish

BUSINESSES from across Cumbria were showcased in Parliament, yesterday, for a successful Cumbria day.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, with The Rum Story's Robert Haile

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, with The Rum Story’s Robert Haile

The Cumbrian businesses were able to present their produce to hundreds of MPs and Westminster insiders for the second Cumbria Day event.

The event, which took place  in the Clement Attlee suite in Portcullis House, Westminster, was organised by the offices of Copeland MP, Jamie Reed and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron.

18 businesses from across the county were invited to not only represent Cumbrian produce, but, make the most of the opportunity to network and make connections within the capital.

Jamie Reed said: “This is an opportunity for Westminster to see not just some of the best produce in the county, but the country. I hope it will be an event that grows more and more businesses will be able to take part in the future.

“There is a real demand for real Cumbrian produce in  London – it has a niche market here. If it was in France it would be Celebrated and that’s what today is, it’s a celebration of Cumbrian excellence.

“I hope we can continue to build on Cumbria Day, bring it here to the capitol, and see it have a positive growth.”

Each MP nominated three businesses to exhibit at Cumbria Day, and attendees had the opportunity to sample outstanding produce, from Bowness Bay Brewery’s delicious beers, to Cow’s and Co.’s excellent cheeses, and to learn more about the Cumbrian economy.

The three businesses chosen by Jamie Reed were: The Rum Story, Lakes Distillery and CGP books.

Tim Farron said: “It’s wonderful to have all these businesses here showcasing for Cumbria. It’s been a really great team effort for Cumbria and everybody has told me about how fantastic it’s been to get down here even with some big pieces of kit.”

Sponsors included Cumbia LEP, Britain’s Energy Coast, Visit England, Allerdale Borough Council and Carlisle City Council.

Graham Haywood, of LEP, stood in for MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock, who could not attend due to being at a trade event in China.

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