BECBC e-Newsletter No 3 - Sept 2017

Posted by Hazel Duhy on in Cluster News, Cluster Events, Member News.

BECBC e-Newsletter No 3 - Sept 2017


Please share this e-newsletter and the links with your colleagues in other departments. Workshops and other activities are open to anyone from member companies. 


Home-grown - more resourceful than you realise

I meet a lot of business-owners and employees from Cumbria’s SMEs, not only through the Business Cluster but also in my day job. To survive, they have to be out and about creating opportunities and they have to be collaborating to make new things possible (see Brian Lightowler’s article below for an example). They also need to achieve a good balance of developing their employees for tomorrow while promoting their expertise today.
Cumbria’s geography is challenging but it also makes Cumbria’s service sector resourceful. We tend to be very flexible about travel, we’re using the latest technology and we’re either “growing our own” through apprenticeships or tempting back those Cumbrians who’ve spent a decade or more working elsewhere but have now tired of the bright lights and are bringing that experience home.
You can turn those resources to your advantage.  We’ve a second Business Support Group Showcase coming up in October and you can have a look at the BSG Capabilities online too. Please take the opportunity to meet these SMEs and micro businesses, find out more and suss out the depth of the resources on your doorstep.
[Alison Johnston, BECBC Treasurer from Dodd & Co]
Alison Johnston
BECBC Treasurer and Board member
and a Director of Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants

PS: I’ve written a bit more about this as it’s close to my heart and you can read more online.




Networks with free benefits
The Business Cluster’s free workshop programme continues to develop, adding to the benefits of membership with targeted training and development opportunities.  Recent workshops have had great feedback and forthcoming themes range from budgeting and cost management to wellbeing and planning – plus they’re all free to member companies.

Getting the Essentials in place
Members will probably know Brian Lightowler of QG Management Standards, Tony Wilson of Indelible Data and Joanne Stronach of Burnetts Solicitors, but you may have missed the launch of their new GDPR Essentials scheme at the September BECBC Member Meeting.
Compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is going to be mandatory for organisations from 25 May 2018 so this new approach is worth investigating asap.

Developing people, growing success
Liz Hearnden is a familiar face at BECBC meetings but how much do you know about her work?  As Operations Manager for National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN), Liz is at the forefront of workforce development. This article explains that work and the organisation’s plans for change.


BECBC Events – coming up soon

  • Tues 12 Sept
    BECBC Socio Economic Sector Group Meeting
  • Wed 13 Sept
    BECBC Workshop: Preparing for the Sellafield Ltd Directors' Forum 
  • Thurs 21 Sept
    BECBC Workshop: Maximising Value and Boosting Profitability  
  • Wed 27 Sept
    BECBC Nuclear Engagement Group at TSP Engineering
  • Wed 4 Oct
    Member Meeting with BSG Showcase and Brunch 

Full calendar of BECBC, member and industry events online here.


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Hazel Duhy, BECBC Admin Manager.