Many small and medium sized firms have sprung up in West Cumbria because of Sellafield. But the managing director of specialist hydraulics company Forth Engineering, Mark Telford, argues there's also growth elsewhere. And adds that businesses are diversifying away from the nuclear industry.
A new chairman has been appointed at Britain's Energy Coast at a time the organisation moves in a new direction.
Brian Wilson has stepped down after five years at the helm.
The former UK Energy Minister who took the role in April 2009 when BEC was formed, has handed the reins at the end of his term to Interim Chair and independent Board Member Nigel Catterson.
“Early in BEC’s history, the Northwest Regional Development Agency disappeared making this funding all the more crucial to the local economy but also, inevitably, increasing the demands and expectations placed upon it.
"In response, BEC has developed a strategy to focus on transformational projects which will create maximum benefit for West Cumbria’s future ability to attract investment.
"BEC has also become very effective at using its money to leverage additional funding from other sources.”
– Rt Hon Brian Wilson
BEC have decided to refocus and in the future it will be directly supporting fewer, bigger programmes that are more geared towards establishing and promoting West Cumbria as a centre of nuclear excellence.
“I’m of course honoured to be charged with this interim assignment and look forward to working with the Board, partners and executive.
"There is much to be done in terms of shaping BEC and what it delivers to support the shared aspiration of establishing a robust and diverse economy in West Cumbria which enhances our strengths in nuclear and embraces low carbon and renewable energy.
"We have a very firm foundation on which to build and a great deal of momentum behind our work.”
– Nigel Catterson, new chair of Britain's Energy Coast