Fifty BECBC member businesses in the support sector took part in the BSG Showcase event at September’s members’ meeting and initial feedback from everyone involved has deemed it a success and something worth considering again for the future.
The aim of the event was to show those in the nuclear energy, decommissioning, engineering and other sectors the quality and variety of services and support available on their doorstep in Cumbria.
“BECBC has over 330 members now,” says Stakeholder Relations Director, John Grainger, “and over 25% of them are working in support services. The showcase not only included the major accountancy, recruitment and legal practices who are at the heart of business support in Cumbria, but also a range of other local businesses, some of them relatively new start ups, others established Cumbrian names.”
Those businesses ranged from management development to web design, from project management to executive coaching with marketing, office furniture, logistics, IT hardware and security, occupational psychology, transport and health and safety all represented too.
“The Business Cluster’s membership continues to grow as more and more businesses become aware of the potential in the nuclear and broader supply chains,” says Alison Johnston of Dodd & Co Accountants, leader of the Business Support Sector Group at BECBC. “But that growth also means that there are member companies who simply don’t know enough about the support services available in the area. The Showcase was a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about Cumbrian capabilities, create new connections and strengthen the local links of those supply chains – and we’re hoping there’ll be new opportunities for local suppliers to work on projects beyond Cumbria too.”
Photo by PiXL – Photography by Linda Bussey (a BECBC member)