Last updated at 11:29, Friday, 23 October 2009
BOC’09, the first All Energy Business Opportunities Conference to be held in West Cumbria, has been awarded gold stars by all who took part.
Its success heralds a step change in future development of the network group behind the event, the West Cumbria Business Cluster, which will benefit its 150 member companies and the Cumbria supply chain.
Aiming to help local, national and international businesses take advantage of commercial opportunities in the energy market, the 200 delegate places, 40 stand exhibition and networking dinner sold out well in advance of the event in early July.
Organised by West Cumbria Business Cluster (WCBC), alongside partner organisations West Lakes Renaissance, Invest in Cumbria and West Cumbria Development Agency, the conference promoted West Cumbria – Britain’s Energy Coast™, showcasing its world-class skills, expertise and developments and highlighting emerging opportunities for business.
Britain’s Energy Coast™ outlines how West Cumbria could play a key role in helping to drive government’s national energy strategy.
It was the first major conference to be held at Energus, the newly opened £20m conference and training centre at Lillyhall, West Cumbria, the flagship delivery arm of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and West Cumbria base for the University of Cumbria .
Chairman of WCBC Penny Lees said: “A first for WCBC and West Cumbria, eboc’09 proved highly successful with great feedback from sponsors, delegates, exhibitors and local partners.
“We plan to build on this in developing future events to support our supply chain.”
The two day programme included an impressive mix of plenary and breakout speakers.
Conference keynote speaker Copeland MP Jamie Reed championed the plans, signposting WCBC as “the principal engine room in the delivery of its initiatives”.
John Grainger, managing director of Invest in Cumbria who was co-chair of EBOC 09 with Fred Shiel of Sellafield Limited, said: “The first Energy Business Opportunities Conference that was held at Energus at Lillyhall, Workington, has been very favourably received.”
l See www.westcumbriabusinesscluster.org.uk
First published at 13:12, Tuesday, 20 October 2009
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