Shaping the Future of Eden: Eden District Council Plan Business Event

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Eden District Council invites you to shape the future of the district at its conference for business leaders and key decision-makers.

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Eden District Council Plan Consultation Events

Please note we are running a series of consultation sessions throughout the day at Rheged, which are tailored to our different audiences in Eden.

Businesses (morning) – Click here for more information:

Open event – Eden District Council partners and individuals (afternoon) – Click here for more information:

Community organisations and local councils (evening) – Click here for more information:

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Council Plan sets out actions for the Council over the next 4 years to meet our vision for Eden as a place where people act together to meet the needs of all and ensure the well-being of future generations.

Eden District Council invites you to shape the future of the district at its conference for business leaders and key decision-makers.

Shaping the future of Eden

The event will begin with an introduction from Jo Lappin of Cumbria LEP, with an overview of the opportunities and threats in the Cumbrian economy over the coming years.

Eden District Council will then be sharing the draft Council Plan focussing on four priorities: Sustainable; Healthy, Safe and Secure; Connected; and Creative. The plan is set to be adopted in November, following important input from Eden businesses.

We want your input to ensure that our Council Plan actions are the right ones to support your business in Eden to grow and prosper. This is your opportunity to help shape future policies so that we make the right decisions for your business.

Eden will be a sustainable place where existing and new businesses can prosper. Encouraging ambitious young people to live and work in the district is one of the key building blocks for this future.

Sustainable Eden

Sustainability is a key priority of the Council, and in July the Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

At this critical time for the planet, there are steps we can all take to help halt the acceleration of global warming. And it’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for businesses’ bottom line too, with opportunities for the development of new products and services. With consumers becoming more environmentally minded, businesses will need to make sure they keep up with their customer’s demands.

Climate change expert Hazel Graham, CEO at Cumbria Action for Sustainability, will be joining us to talk about the impact of climate change and why it is important for us all, as businesses and communities.

Attracting and retaining talent

A key priority for the Council is to retain talent in Eden and boost our economy.

IT Director Adam Vaughan, from Innovative Eden tech business, will be sharing how the organisation promotes a creative culture: helping boost staff engagement and turbocharging recruitment for specialist roles.

Join us

The event will give you the opportunity to share your expertise and inform the council’s plan for the next four years.

The draft Council Plan is available to view at

Book your tickets before Thursday 26th September to secure your place and join us as we determine the future of Eden.

If you are unable to make the event, please do feed in your views via the Survey Monkey questionnaire on the Council’s website. The Consultation closes on Friday 4th October.

For any queries about this event, please contact

Running Order

7.45am: Teas, coffees and bacon rolls

8.15am: Introduction and welcome - Rose Rouse, Chief Executive, Eden District Council

8.25am: Setting the Scene: The Local Industrial Strategy and the challenges and opportunities facing the Cumbrian Economy - Jo Lappin, Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership

8.50am: Introduction to The Eden District Council Plan 2019–2023: Eden is open for business - Cllr Virginia Taylor, Cllr Mary Robinson and Les Clark, Director People and Place, Eden District Council

9.15am: Council Plan – Initial thoughts, questions and feedback - Facilitated by Dr Chris Ford, Lancaster University Management School

9.45am: Climate change: why we need a zero carbon Eden - Hazel Graham, Chief Executive, Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAFS)

10.10am: Promoting a creative culture to boost staff engagement & recruitment - Adam Vaughan, Director at

10.25am: Consultation workshop - Facilitated by Dr Chris Ford, Lancaster University Management School

10.50am: Panel Q&A Session

11.00am: Close

How to get to Rheged

By road - Rheged is just a couple of minutes’ drive from the M6 (J40) at Penrith along the A66. If you are travelling by car, please consider car sharing where possible. Free car parking is available on site at Rheged.

By Rail - Just a five minute taxi or bus ride from Penrith Station.

By Bus - Regular services run between Penrith and Keswick and stop in Rheged’s main car park.

For more information on public transport, visit, or call 0871 200 22 33, and dial 874 for Cumbria.

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