Eden District Council is encouraging local businesses in Eden to attend an event exploring the opportunities for innovation and investment in the nuclear industry.
The event, Innovation in the Nuclear Industry, which is being hosted by Innovus – a Cumbria-wide technology commercialisation programme run by The University of Manchester and National Nuclear Laboratory – and takes place on Tuesday 23 June at Rheged, Penrith from 9am to 4.30pm, is free to attend.
The event will highlight the immediate and future challenges in the nuclear industry which will create potential opportunities for businesses who may have the knowledge, expertise and vision to help develop solutions through technology development.
Anne Knott, Commercial Manager for University of Manchester and the Innovus programme, said: “Along with Copeland and Allerdale, Eden has seen around £0.5m of additional investment in innovation, research and development over the last 18 months.
“Innovus supports businesses in all sectors throughout Cumbria to make a commercial success of their innovative use of technology. Through Innovus, Cumbrian small and medium sized businesses can benefit from their experience and expertise in commercialising technology and access to their world class facilities in Cumbria.”
The Council is committed to helping businesses to take advantage of the £90bn nuclear related investments forecast for the West Coast. Companies based in Eden are strategically located at the junction of the M6/A66 which is a key access point to West Cumbria. Officers from Eden District Council will be attending the event and co-hosting an exhibition stand alongside Appleby-based Barrnon Engineering.
Andy Barr, the owner of Barrnon will talk at the event about how his company applied its expertise in trawling for scallops to develop a special machine capable of lifting sludge from nuclear storage ponds, including the new jobs created by the new investment.
Councillor David Hymers, Economy Portfolio Holder for Eden District Council said: “This is excellent news for Barrnon and Eden, as it demonstrates the way it is possible to engage with the Cumbrian west coast nuclear industry yet be based locally.
“Eden District Council championed the idea of working locally yet tapping into west coast contracts at the launch of Invest in Eden at Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith in March 2015 when several large west coast firms were represented and invited Eden businesses to join their supply chain; with that investment potential continuing it can only get better and more exciting.”
Among other firms, Barrnon features as a case study on the Invest in Eden website.