Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District and Lake District National Park, one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, providing inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians and a stunning backdrop for a serviced office in Cumbria.
Many large companies and organisations are based in Cumbria, with the county council itself employing around 17,000 individuals. Some of the county's largest companies and employers include British Ports Holdings, owners and operators of the port of Silloth, plastic film maker, Innovia Films, has its headquarters and only UK factory in Wigton and world-wide US bed maker, Sealy Beds UK wns a factory at Aspatria. Close to 1,000 people work in one of only two Pirelli tyre plants in the UK and Nestlé operates a factory on the outskirts of Carlisle.
The largest and most widespread industry in Cumbria is tourism. The Lake District National Park receives some 15.8 million visitors every year. Over 36,000 Cumbrians are employed in the tourism industry which adds £1.1 billion a year to the county's economy. Center Parcs owns a large resort in Whinfell Forest near Penrith.