iSH hosts MP for visit to iSH Enterprise Campus site and tour of two ambitious SMEs

16th February 2023

iSH was delighted to host Copeland MP Trudy Harrison for a visit earlier this week which included a tour of what will become the iSH Enterprise Campus at Leconfield, Cleator Moor.


As well as discussing the exciting future which iSH and partners are creating for the wider region, iSH was also pleased to be able to showcase two SMEs already achieving regional, national and global success from their bases on Leconfield.


Both Capalex and Forth are proud to provide employment and training locally and to develop the capability of their people. Both also have ambitious plans for the future built on decades of innovation, collaboration and delivering world-first solutions to industry challenges.

These are just two exciting examples of several SMEs, businesses and organisations across West Cumbria which give iSH every confidence in delivering on its mission to facilitate a diverse commercial cluster that harnesses the unique skills of the region and creates sustainable opportunities for the direct benefit of the people of Cumbria and the UK economy.


Our Managing Director John Maddison said: “Our thanks go to Trudy for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit iSH and for taking such a keen interest in our activity to support the regional and national economy and how that in turn benefits our local communities. 


“Thanks also to the teams at Capalex and Forth for sharing their own expertise, innovations and plans which will help drive the area forward and demonstrates the enormous potential of what iSH and partners can achieve at the iSH Enterprise Campus and beyond.”

Trudy Harrison said: “It was fascinating to hear how through collaboration iSH will further develop world-class capability across the region, including from a campus at Leconfield, which will lead to more diverse employment, skills and training opportunities widely accessible to the people of Copeland and which will have a direct benefit to our communities and environment.


“In Capalex and Forth it was also exciting to see first-hand how two innovative businesses – proud to have their bases in Cleator Moor – are achieving success on the national and global stage. Congratulations must go to them and all companies in Copeland who through the expertise and skills of their people, and innovative, solution-focused, forward thinking, are achieving that success and helping the region become known for its industrial capability.

“I was delighted to support Copeland Borough Council’s recent successful bid to the Levelling Up Fund for the iSH Enterprise Campus and look forward to returning in the near future to see how iSH and organisations in the region are continuing to progress at pace and maximising the exciting potential this Government investment brings for the benefit of the whole area.”