£11.44 per hour + £1.38 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
23 Jul 2024

Role & Department Overview

The company: Eddington Kendal CIC is a brand-new CIC which has been set up to develop and operate a Town Centre sustainability themed venue with Kendal's Peoples' Cafe at its heart in partnership with South Lakes Action on Climate Change and Kendal Town Council. A place for the people of Kendal and beyond, to meet, learn and support one another by enjoying creative and social ways to become resilient and lead healthy, sustainable lifestyles. The Directors also have a vision for the hub to become a destination and exemplar for cycling and other responsible leisure experiences. 

As a social enterprise, The Eddington Kendal team aims to deliver both social impact and develop income streams which are compatible and integrated into the venue's offer. 

Project background 
The key challenge for Eddington Kendal CIC is how to best use their space, so that it builds on key findings from the Kendal climate jury, creates a space for sustainability that provides value for the community and/or local businesses, and meets the overarching goals of the Eddington CIC (and accompanying Waste into Wellbeing from which this particular business emerged). The project will therefore explore possibilities for using the space, based on examples from the UK and worldwide, together with an initial evaluation of how those ideas might be desirable, viable, feasible in the context of both the Eddington and the Kendal local area.
As part of its vision, the Directors of Eddington Kendal CIC have committed to developing a bicycle repair and recycle operation to encourage more people to lead healthy lifestyles through active travel and opening up affordable ways to enjoy the surrounding area. They see this as a first step to expanding into cycling experiences that could appeal to both locals and visitors (such as Vintage Cycling experiences, Cycling without Age) and appealing to 'Lands End John O'Groats' cyclists with an accommodation stop-off at the Eddington.

Kendal has an extensive cycling offer through clubs, charities, retailers and independent services and a very large cycling community but it does not have an affordable or free bicycle donation and repair scheme in order to get bikes to those who need them, removing barriers of cost, knowledge and confidence. Anecdotally, Eddington Kendal CIC believe there is a need for this and have had approaches from the council health and wellbeing team about creating such a scheme.

Pay Rate: £11.44 per hour plus £1.38 holiday pay

Start Date: 12th August 2024

End Date: 23rd September 2024

Working Pattern: Varied


Job Description

Eddington Kendal CIC has been awarded a student internship to explore the using the Centre as a hub for sustainable travel, focusing on bikes and cycling.

The aim of this project would be to:
  1.  Research the evidence of community need for affordable or free bikes, access to bikes to try.
  2. Research potential income streams that would work alongside the social impact delivery.
  3. Research business models that allow for expansion into cycle hire, community bike shares.
  4.  The CIC has a pool of vintage bikes with the potential to appeal to an existing niche market through hires and experiences - conduct some initial research to support the development of a cycle experience offer.
The successful applicant will receive 75-hours of student research time, which will be funded by the W&F Green Enterprise Hub.   Projects will be delivered over the summer between June to September 2024 on a time frame agreed between the student and company, and will culminate in a report/presentation/recommendations.  
This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Person Specification

This role is open to current Lancaster University students from all faculties.  


The role would suit a student who:

  • can conduct independent research, 
  • is flexible, organized and self-motivated,
  • has good written and verbal communication skills,
  • has data analysis experience,
  • is good at problem solving and planning, 
  • is interested in cycle or active travel,
  • has experience in or is keen to learn about market research,
  • has environmental science/geography and/or business operations knowledge.
Please provide a cover letter and CV with your application. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page of A4 and should describe your interest in the internship and what skills and experience you have that are relevant to the role.

You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please note:Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however,hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.


Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.