Cumbrian businesses have gathered to explore the Autumn Statement and its expected impact on the county.

Led by Armstrong Watson and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the event aimed to assist firm owners in understanding the impact the statement could have.

The event was attended by business leaders, influencers and representatives from Cumbria’s professional services sector

Graham Poles, Armstrong Watson's tax partner, said: "The Autumn Statement presents complexities for many businesses and it is important that we are able to offer practical advice to business owners on how to navigate the ever-changing tax landscape."

Paul Dickson, Armstrong Watson's managing partner and CEO, said: "We are delighted to have hosted this event with Cumbria LEP and to have shared our insights and expertise on the Autumn Statement and its implications for Cumbria.

"We believe the county has a lot of potential and we are passionate about helping our clients and the wider business community to achieve their goals and aspirations.

"It is hoped we can gain real momentum going forward.

"Armstrong Watson is keen to collaborate and it is important that the region’s professional services sector is at the heart of the business communities, we all owe it to our county, our people and our clients."

Jo Lappin chief executive of Cumbria LEP, said: "It was a pleasure to join Armstrong Watson and our guests for this informative and engaging event.

"The Autumn Statement is a key policy document that sets out the Government’s plans for the economy and public spending.

"It is crucial that we understand how it affects Cumbria and how we can maximise the opportunities and overcome the challenges it presents.

"I would like to thank Armstrong Watson for their partnership, continued support and for hosting this event."

The event was part of Armstrong Watson’s ongoing commitment to support the growth and development of Cumbrian businesses and the local economy.

The firm has provided accountancy and wealth management services to clients across Cumbria and beyond for more than 155 years.