Some of Cumbria’s leading businesses will attend a special conference on the nuclear industry.

Tim Gilroy, a leading nuclear specialist with the department for business and trade will speak at this conference at the National College for Nuclear in Workington on March 9.

He said the nuclear capabilities of businesses in Cumbria have the potential to be scaled into lucrative global solutions and products.

Companies with nuclear capability or capacity will hear from businesses already exporting, and from experts in the civil nuclear space, who will outline opportunities and share how to approach overseas.

Tim, who for 35 years has worked in the nuclear industry, said: “Cumbria boasts world-leading expertise in the nuclear sector and there are many examples of businesses that have packaged this and sold it to the global market.

“This month’s event will focus on the opportunities that exist, routes to market, and the free support that is available from the department for business and trade (DBT) to help companies make informed decisions and create a roadmap to export success.”

The event is being organised by BECBC and is being delivered in collaboration with the department for business and trade.

Joining Tim will be Tiffany Solender, international trade advisor & NPH clean energy specialist, Kerstin Rath, senior trade advisor for civil nuclear based in Germany and Luisa Craciun, senior trade advisor based in Romania and the CEN (Central Europe) representative.

There will also be a presentation from Matt Mellor, the chief executive of nuclear innovators, Createc.

Matt will share how his business navigated the process of becoming an exporter.

BEC Business Cluster chief executive, Dianne Richardson, said: "Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do at BECBC and working with the DBT to highlight export markets to our members and the support available to help them build in those markets is an exciting addition to everything we offer.

“With energy at the centre of many conversations locally, nationally, and internationally our members have the expertise in nuclear to support countries looking to address energy security.

“Our recent video featuring BECBC members, and their nuclear expertise offers some excellent insights into this.

“We are excited to see the line-up of speakers at the DBT event and know that they will give credence to this and look forward to being part of the conversation.”

To register for a free ticket, visit

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