Eden is one of the six districts in Cumbria, and is situated in the eastern part of the County. It is a district with high landscape value. Various parts of the district are protected by the designations of the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Eden is the second largest district in England, and is the most sparsely populated district in England and Wales. The population estimate for Eden in 2019 was 53,253.
The main town and administrative centre is Penrith. Other key service centres are Appleby, Alston and Kirkby Stephen.
For business, Eden is located in one of the most accessible locations in the United Kingdom, with excellent transport links. It is situated on the north/south M6 corridor and West Coast mainline; this is intersected by the A66, which links East to West.
Eden district has low unemployment. The Eden economy tends to specialise in consumer services due to the importance of the tourism industry in the area. Also, public services, distribution, and farming areas are all influential parts of the economy. The number of businesses per head of population in Eden is above average, reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit and independence of the local people.
We recognise that strong, innovative, and competitive businesses, are essential to the well-being of Eden. A thriving economy raises the standards of living for the people within our communities. The work to increase the number of skills and jobs available, along with access to affordable housing, reflects the commitment to creating a sustainable future for Eden. We have ambitious plans for jobs and growth, which means economic development is a policy priority.