Local Plan: Business and investment

The Lake District National Park is home to many inspiring business and entrepreneurs who rise to the challenge of aspiration, imagination and creativity. These businesses are vital in providing the National Park with jobs and sustainability.

We headed to Lingholm Estate, Plumgarths Food and Billy’s Space to find out more about these examples of thriving businesses in the National Park. Take a look at this short film to find out more about how the vision became a reality for each of these ventures. 

Get in touch with us if you have a business idea of your own and we can explore the potential together.

“It was thought that if we were to restore the original walled garden, as it was before the first world war, it would give the café a feature and be an homage to Beatrix Potter’s time here and the work that she did at Lingholm.”

David Seymour, Director, Lingholm Estate.

“We thought, what do we do with Plumgarth? Do we sell is as second holiday homes, or do we try to do something with it to contribute to the living place that the Lake District really is? Now, in excess of 50 people are employed on the site.”

John Geldard, Director, Plumgarths Food.

“Employment is key in the Lake District and we need to provide inspiring places for the next generation to keep them in the Lakes. It doesn’t just have to be about hospitality, lets create inspiring places to welcome other businesses here too.”

Michelle Rothwell, Founder of ‘Watch this Space’.

What's next?

The next phase of the Local Plan review will be for the suggested policy options to be put out to public consultation, which will happen in May and June 2018. It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right.

See all the policies in practice videos: