Today we are opening the door of opportunity for Britain’s Energy Coast, Barrow and the whole of Furness by showing it offers “more than most” towards helping Britain realise its goal of achieving long term sustainable baseload energy supplies, supplemented by the more intermittent renewable resources.
Our significant presence at this week’s “Energy Business Opportunities Conference” being held in West Cumbria is being used to launch the brand ‘The Gateway to Britain’s Energy Coast’, with an accompanying 28 page glossy brochure as a means of persuading businesses to invest in Barrow and Furness first whatever energy industry they are looking to serve in the UK or abroad.
We are building on Rt Hon John Hutton MP’s launch of Britain’s Energy Coast in his then role as Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in 2008. He said, “There is a great prize in front of us. A new generation of high-quality, high-skill jobs to West and South Cumbria for decades to come. Prosperity and security for our communities. Hope for the future. Cumbria at the heart of a new green revolution in industry and technology.” Together with West Lakes Renaissance, Associated British Ports and the energy business community we are highlighting that Furness offers:-
· Over 50 years of nuclear engineering expertise backed by a national supply chain.
· An energy hub for offshore gas developments in the East Irish Sea.
· A global base and source of innovation for oil and gas service firms.
· Local firms which can support development of baseload energy generation as well as the more intermittent resources of renewable energy.
· LED lighting which offers potentially more in terms of jobs and long term growth for local firms than wind and other forms of renewable energy.
· The Waterfront Business Park, Walney Airport, the A590 and Port as key resources of The Gateway for businesses to use Furness as a base to service energy projects all over England.
· Long established connections between businesses and universities throughout the UK.
· Ease of access by sea, land, rail and air directly into Barrow.
We have had tremendous support in developing “The Gateway” vision for Barrow from West Lakes Renaissance, local authorities and more particularly from businesses such as Acrastyle, Marl International, Forge Europa, Centrica Energy, Orwelco and Hyrdo-Test in the run up to this week. A lot of energy is going into making The Gateway a success, led by West Lakes Renaissance who have played a central role in developing the energy coast vision and whose “Barrow Vision” for the Ramsden Waterfront Business Park alongside the port is for it to have a key role in acting as the employment hub for the energy coast.
Many of the energy sector firms based in Furness serve global markets. They offer systems integration solutions for energy development ‘on our doorstep’ in the East Irish Sea and overseas. This means that the Gateway to the Energy Coast is well placed to prosper as one of the country’s most important energy hubs.