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BECBC welcomes Government’s invitation to bid for the Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) and invites offers of collaboration

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) welcomes the government’s invitation for expressions of interest for the Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) and invites businesses to contact the nuclear industry focused cluster for expressions of interest to collaborate.

“It is a welcome step forward for the nuclear industry, for BECBC members and for the Northwest, including the nuclear industrial base in Cumbria. Realising the government’s ambition to approve eight new nuclear power stations by 2030, as committed to in the British Energy Security Strategy (BESS) in April, requires funding and support to an industry which stands ready to develop ways to cut costs and shore up UK energy security with clean, affordable, homegrown power. This government investment should unlock further private sector investment which can bring economic and social benefits to all the nuclear regions of the UK by boosting the resilience and capability of supply chain companies, many of whom are members of BECBC and have a presence in Cumbria. Alone it is not enough, much greater investment must be generated using this as a springboard.

The resulting growth in well paid and skilled jobs is something the Prime Minister has referred to previously as the way forward for the UK as a driver to levelling up. Through the BECBC’s work with our Invest with Cumbria Alliance partners Cumbria is perfectly placed to deliver on this.” Dianne Richardson, CEO, BECBC.

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, said “This is another step in the right direction for nuclear, building on the PM’s commitment to build eight new reactors, providing more apprenticeship and employment opportunities for the sector as a result. I’m confident we will be hearing similar announcements in Copeland very soon and will be working with BECBC and our supply chain to make sure we’re ready.”

Businesses wishing to collaborate in the bidding process here in Cumbria are invited to contact BECBC which is at the heart of the Northwest’s nuclear supply chain. To do so write to lee.grears@becbusinesscluser.co.uk.