The speaking line-up at in-Cumbria business breakfast in Barrow has been completed by a senior figure at the National Nuclear Laboratory and chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.

Ivan Baldwin, vice president, Government and New Business at the NNL and chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) will share his views on innovation, research and development and Brexit at the event, which takes place at The Abbey House Hotel, Barrow, on Wednesday, June 20.

He will join recently appointed chief executive of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Jo Lappin – who will focus on the development of Cumbria’s Local industrial Strategy and what it come mean for Cumbria post-Brexit – and Steve Phelps, who will give an insight in top the cutting-edge work of his innovative Barrow-based company Rovtech Solutions.

Mr Baldwin has a distinguished career in business development working with major companies and organisations working on large-scale and innovative projects.

He has worked for BAE Systems, Nuvia and Bendalls Engineering in business development roles before joining NNL in October last year. NNL provides technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry, utilising cutting edge-facilities and world-renowned expertise.

He is also chairman of BECBC, an organisation of 300 companies ranging from global players to homegrown SMEs, which encourages its members to collaborate on business opportunities and promotes their expertise nationally and internationally.

Luke Dicicco, editor of in-Cumbria magazine – who will introduce speakers at the event and chair a question and answers session – said: “It is great to Ivan involved with what promises to be an informative and engaging event.

“Ivan has a huge amount of experience working for companies to promote their cutting-edge products and services, so his thoughts on innovation and research and development taking place in Cumbria will certainly provide some real food for thought.

“Along with Steve and his thoughts on innovation along with Jo’s update on the Cumbria’s Local industrial Strategy, we have a really strong roster of speakers who are more than equipped to tackle the issues we will cover and debate.”

Tickets for the Barrow business breakfast – and future events in Carlisle and Whitehaven – can be booked at

On Wednesday, July 4, the event moves to Carlisle Racecourse, where speakers will tackle what the Northern Powerhouse means for Cumbria and the huge potential of The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

The final business breakfast will be held at Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, on Wednesday, July 18 where the hot topic for debate will be West Cumbria’s future beyond nuclear.

The three events will also be an opportunity to learn more about the in-Cumbria Business Awards 2018, which will take place at The Halston, in Carlisle on Thursday, November 15.