Harrison Drury director Naomi Fell was among those invited to share their views at the Cumbria Leisure and Tourism Roundtable, an annual summit of the region’s tourism leaders.
The event, hosted by accountancy and business advisory firm Moore and Smalley, is now in its fifth year and brings together tourism bodies, hotel and hospitality operators, and professional advisers to gauge the health of the sector and discuss what the future holds for the industry.
Among the issues discussed this year were the need for greater central and local government support, funding and investment issues, destination marketing efforts, regulatory issues and the Lake District’s bid to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Naomi, who heads up Harrison Drury’s Kendal office, said: “We advise many businesses in the leisure, tourism and retail sectors in the Lake District and beyond, so it was good to meet with some of the region’s leading hoteliers and hear more about the opportunities and challenges they are facing.
“There is plenty of optimism in the sector and things like the Unesco World Heritage bid have the potential to be a real positive badge for the region. We will continue to work closely with other members of the roundtable panel and our clients to help support the leisure and tourism sector.”
Harrison Drury has a dedicated Leisure, Tourism and Retail law team. Its specialist team of solicitors in Kendal advises leisure and tourism businesses on a range of legal issues, including property matters, employment law and licensing issues.
Other guests at the Leisure and Tourism Roundtable event were Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism; Barney Cunliffe, Gilpin Hotel and Lakehouse, Nick Lancaster, Langdale Estate; Danny Thompson, Oakbank House Hotel; Stewart McIntosh, The Villa at Levens; Haydn Spedding, Colliers International; Karina Gallagher, NatWest; Colin Johnson, Moore and Smalley.
Along with providing legal advice in Kendal and Cumbria, Harrison Drury are based all around Lancashire with solicitors in Clitheroe, Lancaster, Garstang and at the head office in the city of Preston.