By Denna Bowman
The Pirelli tyres plant in Carlisle has been singled out for praise by a leading industry expert due to its handling of the recession.
While the UK was finally declared to be out of the recession earlier this week, the tyres company was credited with easing the pain of the global downturn in the Cumbrian region.
The British economy grew by 0.1 per cent and unemployment appears to have peaked at around 2.5 million – far less than most economists feared.
However, the pain experienced across most of the UK was not as keenly felt in Cumbria, according to Rob Johnston, chief executive of the regions Chamber of Commerce.
And he believes that is partly down to the flexibility of companies like Pirelli, which cut production and changed working patterns in a bid to stay viable.
Mr Johnston said: “We’ve seen good business management throughout the county, with businesses quick to react to the downturn. Those who have reacted are emerging stronger and looking good for the future.
“Take Pirelli, which looked at working patterns and staff utilisation.
“They were able to minimise the impact with this sector now improving.”