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The best of Carlisle on show at the Greater Manchester Business Expo

Clare Waterfall-Hallam from Bigtank Video Productions, Bury, winner of a Carlisle food producer prize draw hamper

Representatives from Carlisle Ambassadors and Carlisle City Council have been promoting the benefits of investing in Carlisle.

Michelle Masters (Carlisle Ambassadors), Debbie Kavanagh (Carlisle City Council Economic Development) and Paul Walker (Carlisle City Council Destination Manager) attended the inaugural Greater Manchester Business Expo at the USN Bolton Arena on Friday 17 May.

Organised by the Shout Network, the first ever Manchester event proved to be a hit, with over 120 Exhibitors and 2000 delegates from across the country traveling to Bolton to attend. This busy backdrop provided the Carlisle team with a unique platform to network and make connections with Manchester’s thriving and ever-growing business community.

The event also gave the team the chance to promote Carlisle as a place in which to live, work and do business – to showcase business opportunities based around Kingmoor Park’s Enterprise Zone and St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, as well as highlighting the future tourism opportunities around the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and existing opportunities based around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall.

Carlisle’s Ambassador businesses members; including John Watt & Sons, McVitie’s, Lakeland Bakes, Eva’s Organics, Molly’s Lemonade, Claire’s Handmade, Xocolate, Carlisle Brewery, Solway Spirits, Lakeland CBD, Compton’s and Lakeland Mues, also lent the team a helping hand by kindly providing them with a selection of samples to give away during the day and three prize draw food producer hampers, further showcasing the diversity of businesses operating in the district.

Michelle Masters, Carlisle Ambassadors, project lead, commented: “We couldn’t quite believe how busy it was, the USN Bolton Arena was buzzing and there was a fantastic atmosphere. We met hundreds of people who showed a genuine interest in Carlisle and what Carlisle Ambassadors are doing for the city and its wider business community. Both businesses and public sector partners showed a great deal of interest in what is being achieved by our business network, with many expressing an interest in attending our next meeting to find out more about what is going on in our vibrant City and how we have galvanised to work together to create a positive future for the city.’’

Paul Walker, Destination Manager from Carlisle City Council, added: “Carlisle has lots to offer and is a growing city. There’s never been a better time to invest in the Carlisle. We’re the beating heart of the Borderlands region and have recently secured multi-million investment for transformational schemes.’’

“A big thanks to all the Carlisle Ambassador partners for their continued support. Working together, we can encourage growth and provide long term benefits for our residents, businesses and visitors.”

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