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We are improving infrastructure and skills, with a multitude of focused projects to shape opportunities for the Borderlands' businesses.

Tackling economic challenges together

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal aims to tackle our area’s key economic challenges:


  • The need for more people to live within the region

  • Continued and improved support for existing businesses

  • To make our area the place of choice for new businesses

We know that retaining talent as well as attracting new people to the area, will help to boost our local economy. 


To support this, we are aiming for improved digital and transport links to enable skills attraction and better connect people to places.


We also need to support the development of training and skills so that each individual is equipped to take advantage of future opportunities and add value to our businesses. 

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How we are working with business communities across the region

We work with numerous business groups across the North of England and South of Scotland, including: Cumbria LEP, North East LEP, South of Scotland Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland. Explore our full list of partners here or by clicking the button below.




Our Economic Forum is an integral part of the Borderlands Deal, representing the voice of local businesses and providing opportunities for wider stakeholders to contribute to maximising the impact of the Growth Deal. Find out more about the Economic Forum, including papers and minutes from the Forum's meetings here, or by clicking the button below. 

Four strategic themes act as guiding principles across all of our projects and investments

Explore each strategic theme below or click to see all themes here >

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Enabling infrastructure

We are investing in the infrastructure needed to support improvements in connectivity and helping people to access the region.

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Improving places

We are revitalising places across the Borderlands region by investing in improvements to attract people to live, work and visit.

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Supporting business, innovation and skills

We are stimulating business growth to create a more diverse regional economy, and recognise that innovation and skills are central to success.

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Encouraging green growth

We are capitalising on our green credentials, decarbonisation and high value job creation to support low carbon energy generation and decarbonisation.

Innovative projects are underpinning the growth and success of our Borderlands region 

See some project highlights below or discover all projects here 

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Artist impression of the Carlise Station gateway

Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels

Find out more about the development of Carlisle station

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Whitehaven at Night

The Borderlands Energy Masterplan

Find out more about the energy masterplan >

Latest business news

See our latest business news stories below or explore all news here 

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