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Westmorland and Furness
A great place to live, work and thrive

Welcome to Westmorland and Furness

Perfectly placed for business

The new unitary council was formed on 1 April 2023, with an ambition for sustainable and inclusive growth and a commitment to making Westmorland and Furness a great place to live, work and thrive.

By geography, Westmorland and Furness Council is the third largest authority in England and home to 225,000 people, some of the country’s most stunning landscapes and its most hi-tech businesses. Our place is one of great diversity, stretching across the North of England from Morecambe Bay to the Pennines. Barrow-in-Furness is a hub of industry and the home of UK submarine manufacturing, with the potential to become a new powerhouse for the North, as highlighted by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove. Kendal, Ulverston and Penrith are thriving market towns nestled between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Inspired by our diverse landscape, it’s home to leading businesses across industries including BAE Systems, Kimberly-Clark, Kendal Nutricare, James Cropper, Anord Mardix, Oxley, Lakeland, Aqua Pura and more.

There are great opportunities for other ambitious businesses, investors and developers to tap into the potential of our part of the UK.

The scale of our growth and creation of thousands of new jobs requires supporting investment in housing and regeneration to attract people to the Westmorland and Furness area and to the careers available.

Oxenholme The Lake District Barrow Penrith Edinburgh Waverley 2hrs (from Oxenholme) 1hr 35m (from Penrith) Glasgow Central 2hrs (from Oxenholme) 1hr 40m (from Penrith) Manchester Piccadilly 1hr 30m (from Oxenholme) 1hr 40m (from Penrith) 2hrs (from Barrow) Birmingham New St 2hrs 30m (from Oxenholme) 2hrs 45m (from Penrith) London Euston 2hrs 45m (from Oxenholme) 3hrs 10m (from Penrith) 4hrs (from Barrow)
Westmorland and Furness Key Facts
 
 
 
 
  
 
21m
visitors with £1.6bn spend per annum
  
 
£5.4bn
GVA (Gross Valued Added) into the economy
  
 
11,815
businesses providing 114,000 jobs
  
 
3,754 km2
1,900 km2 in National Parks

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