Monday, 12 December 2011

Freerange: Creative Industries in Carlisle

Though the North West is a massive region that connects Wales with Scotland this blog tends to focus on events in Liverpool and Manchester. Today I shall redress the balance a little by writing about the Freerange Workspace in Carlisle.

Freerange is the trading name of Freerange Artists Ltd. of Carlyle Gate in the city of Carlisle. Freerange offers its premises as a resource centre for local businesses and organizations. Its services include hot desking, meeting rooms and networking. Facilities include a full reprographic suite and a range of research and administrative services. I have been invited to give a course on intellectual property and I look forward to working with them.

Creative and cultural industries are only one of many industries in Carlisle. Food and agriculture are important in Cumbria. The Cumberland sausage has recently achieved protected geographical indication status (see DEFRA press release of 18 March 2011). This and other industries are co-ordinated by a particularly active local enterprise partnership.

Carlisle also has two of the campuses of the recently established University of Cumbria others being at Ambleside, Barrow, Penrith, Workington and London. Yes - this is not a misprint, Bow in East London. The University's local campuses provide a full range of research, training and other services to local businesses.