West Cumbria is at the forefront of investment in the nation’s energy security, including the generation of low carbon energy and Clean Tech products. It will make a major contribution to meeting the UK’s energy needs as well as helping to deliver the Government’s low carbon agenda. It is also home to one of the UK’s largest concentrations of high tech, advanced manufacturing employment.
The Blueprint sets out a strategy aimed at capitalising on the area’s strengths, helping businesses to diversify, to innovate and grow alongside ensuring that West Cumbria delivers to its full economic potential. BEC’s approach to create an enterprising culture and to support business innovation is articulated in the establishment of the “Britain’s Energy Coast Innovation Zone” – a focal point for investment in the coastal plain of West Cumbria.
To learn more about the izone and the investment priorities for the area download the full version of the West Cumbria Economic Blueprint here.
In June 2012 around 200 delegates mainly representing the vibrant mix of SMEs and large multinationals that make up West Cumbria’s business fabric gathered at the launch of the Blueprint. They heard inspirational speeches and presentations that urged them to think big think differently and work together to help deliver what has been described as the “most exciting economic prospect in the history of West Cumbria”.
The below video gives highlights of the event and includes speeches and presentations from Gerry McGill of URS Corporation and the Vice Chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast; pupils from Cockermouth School; Acting Chief Executive of Britain’s Energy Coast, Tom Gilroy; MPs Tony Cunningham (Workington) and Jamie Reed (Copeland); John Clarke, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as well as a lively Q&A session.