You’re Invited to the Meerkat Networking Evening! 

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Invite below from Meerkat Networking Founder Melanie Kinsella

Join us on Wednesday 26 June 2024, for an unforgettable networking experience at the stunning Eden Golf Club, nestled in the picturesque Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4RA. From 17:30 to 19:00, immerse yourself in an evening of connections, collaboration, and camaraderie.

Tickets for this exclusive event are priced at £12.50, with 20% of the ticket price going directly to charity – making networking even more impactful! Reserve your spot now and contribute to a worthy cause while expanding your professional network.

The Meerkat Networking Evening is not just about making connections; it’s about showcasing the vibrant community of the Meerkat network and its members. Whether you’re an established professional or an aspiring entrepreneur, this event offers a platform to forge meaningful relationships, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations.

But that’s not all – networking isn’t just about exchanging business cards; it’s about unlocking a world of opportunities.

By attending, you’ll have the chance to:

Expand your professional circle and connect with like-minded individuals.
Gain valuable insights and perspectives from diverse industry experts.
Discover new business opportunities and potential partnerships.
Elevate your personal brand and visibility within the business community.

As you mingle and network, enjoy light refreshments and take advantage of the on-site bar where you can purchase your favourite drinks.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect, collaborate, and celebrate the power of networking! Secure your ticket today and get ready for an evening of inspiration and possibility.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Meerkat Networking Evening – where connections lead to success!

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The anticipation is building as we enter the final countdown! With just four weeks to go, excitement is at an all-time high for the Penrith Beer Festival, set to take place at Frenchfields in Penrith, CA11 8UU on June 14th-15th.

This year’s festival promises an incredible weekend packed with a diverse range of craft beers, live music, and mouthwatering food. Beer enthusiasts can look forward to sampling unique brews from over 10 renowned breweries, including Gan Yam, Tirril, Carlisle Brewing Co, Hawkshead Brewery, Eden River Brew, Bowness Bay, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Fell Brewery, Lakes Brew, and Crooked River Brewery. Whether you prefer sours, stouts, pilsners, or ciders, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

In addition to the exceptional beer selection, the festival will feature a stellar lineup of music acts. Attendees can dance and groove to performances by The Moonshine Shakers, Time Machine, Indie Street Club, AKA Skafell, and more. The mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, ska, and indie will keep the energy high and the atmosphere electric throughout the weekend.

Foodies are in for a treat as well, with an array of gourmet options from our food vendors. Indulge in delicious dishes such as hot beef in artisan rolls, lamb koftas with hand-rolled flatbread, pork meatballs in pitta,  loaded fries, and gourmet hotdogs with a variety of toppings. There will be plenty of choices to keep everyone satisfied.

“We’re thrilled to be just four weeks away from the Penrith Beer Festival,” said Joe Gregory Event organiser. “Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure this year’s event is the best yet. We can’t wait to welcome everyone for a weekend of fantastic beer, music, and food.”

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible event.

Exclusive discount of £5 for all our Showcase Cumbria readers and followers- use the code SHOWCASE

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The Blood Bikes Cumbria Chairman – Jim White said:
“As we are now in our 10th Anniversary Year, I’m delighted to announce that Blood Bikes Cumbria will be holding a significant Open Day at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June 2024 and we would be especially delighted if you could attend and provide vital coverage of this event. The 10th Anniversary Open Day promises to be a magnificent event, building upon the success of last year’s hugely popular gathering. This is a massively significant day for us, providing vital awareness, fundraising and attracting potential new members. The day itself will run from 10am until 4pm and we confirmed the attendance of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), the Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, motorcycle dealerships, IAM and RoSPA Advanced Motorcycists, together with our partner Blood Bikes groups from Northumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lakes/Lancashire. Entertainment will be provided by local blues band the Delta Gecko’s and food and motorcycle clothing retail outlets will also be there.
We are a charity, run by volunteers who freely give up their time and energy to support our North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). All our members are unpaid and it costs our charity money to keep our vehicles on the road, so every penny we raise is vital to continue our lifesaving service. We save the NHS and GNAAS money each year delivering critical blood supplies and urgent specimens 365 days a year. More importantly, we deliver without fail. We are proud to support our community in their time of need, both Cumbrians and visitors alike. So please support us with vital PR if you can, and we hopefully look forward to seeing you on Sunday 16th June at Carlisle Airport”.

What’s going on at our Open Day?

This is a road safety focussed event and is both free to enter and open to the general public.

The event is being held at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June from 10 am until 4 pm.
With the focus of the day continuing to be about road safety and skills awareness we will be running our slow speed courses in a safe and managed motorcycle environment and IAM RoadSmart and RoSPA will be doing observed ride outs, where riders will receive feedback from qualified National Observers to help improve their riding techniques.

KC Superbikes and Lloyd BMW Motorcycles Motorcycle dealerships will all be in attendance showing off the latest 2024 motorcycles. BMW, Triumph, Suzuki and Indian Motorcycles will have their mobile showroom trailers on site, with test rides available on the day.

A rapid response vehicle from the Great North Air Ambulance Service will be there, with attendance from Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service who will also be advocating road safety. There will be catering vans, ice cream, donuts and live music from local blues band The Delta Geckos. Further entertainment will be provided by Workington Comets Speedway riders, Cumbria Motopark Electric Motocross bikes, Birchall Brothers Racing; and Andy’s Man Club will all be in attendance to showcase what they do.

Who are We?
Blood Bikes Cumbria is a locally based charity operating throughout north and west Cumbria, registered in England (No.1159026). We are all volunteers and we wholly rely on fundraising to maintain a continual 365 days a year service to the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and GNAAS. We currently have 154 members: all are unpaid and willingly give up their free time and energy for the benefit of our community and for the benefit of others. We are always looking to recruit more members: all our riders & drivers have advanced rider or driver qualifications and receive expert on-the-job training. It is a rewarding and satisfying role; one that gives so much back to others in their time of need.

What Do We Do?
Blood Bikes Cumbria provides free ‘out of hours’ cover for the NHS. Every day, we transport vital lifesaving blood and laboratory samples between hospitals and medical centres in Cumbria and from the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle to specialist laboratories in Newcastle, including the Royal Victoria Infirmary, The Freeman Hospital and the northern region National Blood and Transplant Service facility. Our service saves the NHS £400K annually, but more importantly we ensure that urgent blood and samples are delivered as soon as possible. Additionally, we deliver a daily supply of blood to the GNAAS helicopter ‘The Pride of Cumbria’ based at Langwathby and return unused items to Newcastle with the help of a relay provided by Northumbria Blood Bikes. We save GNAAS over £80K annually. The Pride of Cumbria medical team has achieved over 500 lifesaving blood transfusions throughout Cumbria: we are incredibly proud to play
our part in delivering this vital life-saving capability.

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Healing the Past

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Creating the happy future you deserve

Do you want to make peace with the past and stop repeating old patterns that no longer serve you?

In my 25 years experience of counselling and spiritual coaching, I have dealt with a wide range of issues people have experienced in their life, that lead them to be unhappy an unfulfilled at some level in the present.

This one-day online workshop will teach you to clear the blocks from the past and enable you to have the future you desire.

What will be covered?

  • Identifying lessons from the past and and how to apply them to your life.
  • How to be at ease with the past and release from its grip.
  • How to identify the root cause of your unhappiness.
  • How to create the life you deserve and desire.
  • How to forgive yourself and others.
  • How to create abundance.

When: Saturday 18th May 2024

Investment: £110

To book your place or find out more Debbie Loring 07946 339050

“Our thoughts have energy, they are stored at a cellular level in our physical body as well as in our minds. They form part of who we are. They influence everything.” – Debbie

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**Cumbrian Supply Chain Event 20th March**

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The Regional Supply Chain Network (RSCN) is looking to grow its members across Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness areas, to stimulate business growth for SME’s and local businesses across the region.

The Regional Supply Chain Network was originally set up by BAE Systems as part of their commitment to social value and sustainability. The Regional Supply Chain Network (RSCN) provides an opportunity for businesses across Cumbria (LA and CA postcodes), to get together and share knowledge, skills and experience, encouraging better understanding of the opportunities locally, collaborating together and creating an efficient and effective supply chain with sustainable growth throughout the region.

Part funded by Cumbria LEP, and free to businesses, the RSCN is looking to address local business challenges and promote their expertise across the region.

The RSCN is open to all local businesses. We would also welcome large organisations from outside the region who have an interest in supporting Cumbrian SME’s.

We are holding an event on Wednesday March 20th at Cartmel Racecourse, which will give local businesses an opportunity to shape the future of the network. To ensure collaboratively we can increase business growth in our region.

Anyone interested in attending the event or joining the RSCN please email

Limited spaces are available for the event and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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