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Businesses urged to help solve nuclear challenges

01 July 2015

AN APPEAL has gone out to Cumbrian businesses to help solve challenges facing the nuclear sector.

Innovus says its latest event at Rheged, near Penrith, last week attracted a big audience to hear speakers from the nuclear industry outline areas where they need assistance.

Innovus is run by the National Nuclear Laboratory and the University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. It aims to help Cumbrian SMEs innovate and develop new technologies by offering financial support, technical and business advice, and access to facilities.

The speakers at Rheged included Andy Barr, of Barrnon in Appleby, which applied its expertise in making trawling gear for scallops to lifting sludge from nuclear storage ponds. The project was part funded by Innovus and has created three jobs.

Mr Barr said: “Innovus can make that difference between an idea staying on the back of an envelope and it enabling new jobs to be created. It’s that crucial.”

Adrian Davis-Johnston, manager of the Innovus programme added: “These events have proved themselves by the numbers that come and the numbers that return.

“Innovus is part of a culture of technology development in Cumbria with businesses feeding off each other and new ideas coming forward.”

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