Six Cumbria-based businessmen feature in the latest ‘Rich List’ published by North West Business Insider magazine.
Unlike, say, the Sunday Times Rich List, Insider doesn’t simply measure wealth.
All the 100 entries must have made their fortunes in the North West and must still be active in the region’s business life.
Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’ve detected an anti-business rhetoric among politicians of late.
“It was evident when we analysed the party manifestos at the General Election last year and it hasn’t subsided since.
“The value of Insider’s annual Rich List is that emphasises the contributions and achievements of the region’s most successful business people.
“These aren’t people who simply inherited wealth. They are individuals who worked hard to develop businesses and make them a success.
“In so doing they created jobs and boosted the wider economy, generating the tax revenues that pay for schools, the NHS and all our public services.
“They are an inspiration to anyone in business and their success underlines the value of business to society as a whole.
“The Insider Rich List should be compulsory reading for politicians.”
Here are the Cumbrians in the order they appear:
6th Philip Day, £1.2bn (2017: £1.15bn). Edinburgh Woollen Mill entrepreneur who is about to move the retail group’s HQ to Carlisle.
40th Fred Story and family, £182m (2017: £152m). Founder of Carlisle-based construction firm Story Contracting and the housebuilder Story Homes.
View the Rich List in full here
46th Brian Scowcroft and family, £165m (2017: £165m). Property developer behind Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, now Cumbria’s first Enterprise Zone.
77th Frank Bird, £90m (2017: £70m). Poultry magnate based at Langwathby in the Eden Valley operating six farms with 200 employees.
79th Brian and Barry Lloyd, £85m (2017: £80m). Brothers behind Lloyd Motor Group car dealerships and Lloyd Ltd agricultural machinery suppliers.
82nd Sam Rayner and family, £80m (2017: £90m). Kitchenware retailer Lakeland is based in Kendal with a flagship store in Windermere.© Cumbria Chamber of Commerce