I will work to improve investment in our area, and to ensure that Central Government spending has an impact in Cumbria. I will work with colleagues to try to bring investment and opportunity to our area. I will listen to businesses to understand what matters to them and can help them thrive and contribute to local economic prosperity. Businesses need excellent connectivity – broadband, mobile coverage, transport links as well as a workforce that has the relevant skills. Apprenticeships are a valuable part of this.