Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster currently has a number of active Sector Groups and there are plans for at more to reflect its growing and changing membership. The BECBC Sector Groups are for members only and provide an invaluable forum for businesses to meet others in their industry, to find out about trends and opportunities and to share information and knowledge with potential partners, clients and suppliers.
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Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster meetings are held every month and are a great opportunity to meet other members. Other BECBC events include monthly training workshops, the BECBC Business Awards and other networking events, as well as specialist Sector Group meetings.
Business School Engagement Events enable students to gain a better understanding of the world of work as well as meet local employers who are members of the cluster. The Charity Page signposts you to some local organisations.
The 2019 Business Support Group (BSG) showcase saw over 240 members and guests, including 86 exhibitors, from a broad range of businesses and charities in Cumbria attend.
The event was organised by BECBC Directors Alison Johnston, Peter Fleming and Tom Scaife. Tom, who chaired the meeting said “The diverse range of businesses exhibiting at this year’s BSG Showcase is testament to BECBC. The main objective of the BSG is to collaborate on work between members and pull together to shout about the expertise that exists within the membership. Walking around the Showcase and seeing what is available, from office furniture to accountants, lawyers, business support and charities, it is clear that BSG members have nearly all bases covered! I’d like to reiterate my thanks to Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited and MB Digital for sponsoring what was a great event”.
The annual Showcase is part of BECBC’s wide offering to members, giving exhibitors the opportunity to network with other member businesses and showcase what they have to offer. Key speakers from the nuclear, tourism and agricultural sectors highlighted opportunities for collaboration and encouraged cross-promotion of Cumbria’s key sectors both within the county and beyond.
Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, spoke about the need for the different business sectors to work more closely together. One of the ways this could be done, Gill suggested, was to offer a business tourism solution which would allow visitors to experience more of key local industries and their inherent capabilities via a special tour across the region.
Ivan Baldwin, Vice President, Government & International, at the National Nuclear Laboratory, spoke about the far-reaching impact the nuclear sector had on the local supply chain. He explained how the sector’s nuclear organisations – public and private - continued to strongly contribute to the local economy. Ivan spoke about how uniquely positioned the nuclear sector was to help deliver Britain’s net-zero carbon targets. He called on all to do more to promote “Cumbria PLC’, its unique skillset and business acumen.
Rob Hitch, Agricultural Expert with Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants, gave an overview of the local agriculture sector and elaborated on potential issues facing the sector, its consumers and the tourist trade as a result of BREXIT. Rob spoke about the dependency of Britain’s agriculture sector and livestock farming in particular - much of which originates in Cumbria - on international trade and currency exchange rates.
Ruth Sellick, Chair of BECBC’s Shadow Board, underlined the open doors for businesses to contribute to the clean-energy conversation as well as the drive to look for more effective ways to work together with potential partners outside of the UK. She emphasised the need for more interaction between various countries and highlighted the upcoming Global Reach Event as an ideal chance for businesses to forge stronger cross-border collaboration and trade.
With six three-minute member presentations from James Walker & Co, CFM Radio, The Harrison Network, Lakeland Capabilities, Woodward Safety Health and Environment Ltd and Zeitgeist Communication Ltd, the audience got a snapshot of the depth and breadth of BECBC’s member demographics and capabilities.
More than 20 new members joined BECBC since the summer. One of the BECBC's latest members, Lakes Electric Delivery Service, made its entrance with a zero-pollution, electric van delivery business solution. Watch the video below and hear what owner, Simon Brace, had to say:
Photography by BECBC member PiXL (Linda Bussey Photography)