Animal by-product and renewable energy specialist, Leo Group, has joined Cumbria Chamber as a Patron.

Leo Group, which operates Omega Proteins in Penrith, will support the Chamber over the next year, including sponsoring initiatives such as Conference Cumbria and the Chamber’s online employee wellbeing portal.

Omega Proteins, which employs over 180 people, processes animal by-products into oils and meals used in industries such as pet food and renewable energy.

Members of the Chamber team visited Omega Proteins to understand operations.

Owner Danny Sawrij spoke about Leo Group’s journey from a small firm to a multinational corporation and highlighted the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) work, which involves supporting causes like Penrith Christmas Lights and Penrith AFC.

During the tour, the group saw green technologies in action.

Leo Group plans to reduce electricity consumption by installing solar panels and constructing a new solar farm.

Head of Commercial and Business Growth at Cumbria Chamber, Eve Halliday, said: “We’re delighted to have another Chamber Patron supporting the business community in Cumbria. Leo Group’s interesting track record of innovation, clear focus on sustainable business practices and dedication to their local community, resonate deeply with the Chamber’s mission to encourage best practices and foster collaboration between businesses.”

Danny Sawrij said: "Joining Cumbria Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber Patron was a natural fit for us as it gives us the opportunity to increase our visibility and awareness of our business in the region. At the same time, as a larger company, we can support smaller local businesses and give something back to the community."