A business so enjoyable, it feels like a hobby
Jamie and Laura Cowan have grown their holiday let portfolio from one to seven charming properties over the last 10 years. They tell us about the brightest moments along their journey.
Bruce and Luke’s
Coffee, donuts and global ambitions
If you know Carlisle, you’ll know Bruce and Luke’s – a buzzing city centre destination, selling some of the best coffee and finger licking donuts in the region. But how did two ambitious entrepreneurs launch this growing business, and what advice would they give to other people starting out?
Growing, learning and working together
Susan’s Farm is a unique and inspiring organisation based in the north of Cumbria. Founded by its passionate owner Susan Aglionby, the farm has made a big impact in our region.
A recipe for success on the shores of Ullswater
Mark and Anne Vause made the brave decision to leave their jobs, sell their Blackburn home and purchase a B&B in the heart of Pooley Bridge village. With support from The Cumberland and a lot of hard graft, their relocation dream has become a runaway success.
Launching a brilliant school bank
We were excited to work with James Rennie School as they launched their first school bank, as part of our wider mission to help more young people learn about real-world finance. James Rennie is a school for pupils aged 13-19 with severe or profound learning needs, based at Kingstown in Carlisle.
From London life to guesthouse dream
When Peter Jaques and Amanda Walker decided to leave busy London life to open a guesthouse near Kirkby Stephen, it required a huge leap of faith. With support from The Cumberland, they were able to launch their stunning, tranquil retreat – supporting the local economy in the process.