Business Cluster announces AGM speakers

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Business Cluster announces AGM speakers

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster will be holding its AGM at Energus on the morning of Friday 20 April. This promises to be a key event in the organisation’s year with elections to one vacant Board post, updates on important projects for the area and four guest speakers representing the broad range of the Cluster’s interests.

“We aim to make the AGM agenda one that will draw representatives from as many of our 300 plus member companies as possible,” says BECBC Chairman, Ivan Baldwin, “ and this year’s is no exception.  We will be celebrating the appointment of Professor John Fyfe CBE as our Honorary Patron, hearing from The Right Honourable Hazel Blears, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the last Labour government, and Trudy Harrison, the MP for Copeland, and also adding an international flavour with Maria Vega, a guest speaker from CINC, our equivalent Business Cluster in the nuclear sector from Cantabria, near Santander in northern Spain.”

Hazel Blears is now based in Cumbria and is a non-executive director of The Cooperative Group and Land & Lakes Limited as well as being on the board of the Well Whitehaven initiative.  “I am passionate about making commercial organisations more social responsible and more open to working with their communities to make long term improvements,” she says. “Cumbria has a tremendous opportunity in the coming years to learn the lessons from the past, avoid a boom and bust situation and invest to create a permanent legacy in this area.”

Professor John Fyfe CBE has spent a lifetime working on strategic economic development issues across the world and has been committed to the people and the challenges of West Cumbria for over 30 years. He has always been an advocate for energy policies that encourage economic growth and lead to community development and the Business Cluster is keen to recognise his achievements, mark his past involvement with BECBC and work with him in future.

“The AGM is one of three key events for this area over two days,” says John Grainger, Stakeholder Relations Director with BECBC. “Many of our business members will also be involved in the Copeland Open for Business event on Thursday19 April and will be attending our AGM Celebratory Dinner at Hunday Manor Hotel that evening, ahead of the AGM. Professor Fyfe will also be involved in the dinner and our keynote speaker will be David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority since last year.”

“Colleagues at the Centre of Nuclear Excellence (or CoNE) have already committed to sponsoring the dinner,” says John, “and we’re seeking additional supporters from the regional business community.  It’s all about building relationships among different organisations, all of them focused on strong economic development in the area and all of them with an interest in turning business success into strong communities.”

The AGM is open to all current members of BECBC with one vote per company. The Celebratory Dinner is an opportunity for business leaders and their VIP guests from across the energy sector and government to meet in the context of maximising the benefits of Cumbrian opportunities. Further information on the programme for each event and the associated sponsorship opportunities can be found online.