A WELL-KNOWN and highly-experienced leader in economic development and social impact has been appointed as the new Managing Director of iSH.

Gary McKeating, Head of Development and Community at Sellafield Ltd and leading the organisation’s social impact programme, has been appointed on a two-year secondment to lead iSH after previous Managing Director John Maddison’s two-year tenure, which involved successfully launching the organisation in March 2022, ended in December.

Gary, brought up in West Cumbria, has more than 30 years of industry experience and will take over the iSH MD role full-time at the end of next month.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Managing Director of iSH to build on what has been achieved so far and to ensure the organisation achieves maximum economic and social impact through its activities across West Cumbria and beyond.”

Gary arrives in the role with a strong background and reputation in inward investment, strategy development, stakeholder relations at a senior level, and leadership of multi-million-pound programmes of work with significant social impact outcomes.

Eirini Etoimou, Sellafield Ltd’s Head of Corporate Sustainability & Supply Chain Development and Sourcing, said of Gary’s appointment: “At Sellafield we are committed to supporting our local communities and being an inextricable part of them. 

“The Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) is a high-profile programme which aims to support the regeneration of the local community at Leconfield and beyond. 

“Gary is a dedicated and very well experienced professional in the social impact and economic development field, with a great reputation within the region for his commitment and for caring for the local community.  We are proud of him and we wish him great success in his new role.”

Leader of Cumberland Council, Cllr Mark Fryer, added: “We welcome Gary and look forward to developing the iSH programme with partners. We are building for the future and alongside other schemes in Cumberland, iSH will support our area’s growth and economic future.” 

iSH aims to support the creation of jobs and opportunities through collaboration between industry, business, academia and community across the West Cumbria region and beyond.

An iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) at Leconfield, Cleator Moor, is set to anchor the evolving business ecosystem in West Cumbria. The iEC is being developed in two phases and involves significant funding support from the Government’s Towns Fund (£22.5m) and Levelling Up Fund (£20m), alongside support from Sellafield, the NDA and Cumberland Council.



World Nuclear Exhibition logo
World Nuclear Exhibition

WEST Cumbria’s nuclear capabilities are poised to make a significant impact as a delegation of key industry leaders from the region prepare to showcase their cutting-edge technologies at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. 

The three-day event, starting on November 28, brings together prominent stakeholders, innovators, and experts from across the globe to discuss and explore the latest advancements in the nuclear sector.

Led by the Department for Business and Trade, the Northern Powerhouse delegation includes: Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH),  PAR Systems (UK) Ltd, McMenon, James Walker, FIS360, Nuclear Transport Solutions, Barrnon and Oakwood Engineering Solutions.

The contingent represent the region’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaborative progress within the nuclear technology sphere.

John Maddison, Managing Director of the Industrial Solutions Hub based in Cleator Moor, says the role of iSH is to represent and highlight the capability of the West Cumbrian supply chain, acting as a voice for the businesses and academic institutions unable to attend themselves.

John said: “West Cumbria has long been a hub for nuclear excellence, and our participation in the World Nuclear Exhibition underscores our commitment to advancing the industry globally. This is a chance to showcase West Cumbrian capability to a global market. 

“West Cumbria has a diverse and well established skills base geared towards decommissioning. That learning and innovation can be used and harnessed elsewhere with our knowledge and learning shared across the world. The goal is to bring back collaboration opportunities for the SMEs who so ably support our nuclear services.”

PAR Systems (UK) Ltd is an advanced engineering company specialising in remote and material handling solutions for the nuclear industry.

Managing Direction John McGibbon said: “We are delighted to be participating at this year’s event as part of the UK Pavilion. We look forward to showcasing our specialist expertise in remote/material handling systems; manipulator systems for in-cell operations; maintenance, site support and upgrade of nuclear cranes and decommissioning applications for the nuclear industry.”

McMenon, known globally for its expertise in flow and measurement instrumentation, will also be at the forefront of the exhibition. Anand Puthran, McMenon CEO, speaking ahead of the event, said: “As we navigate the currents of growth and diversification, attending the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris marks a pivotal step in our journey.

“We are not just showcasing our prowess in providing flow and temperature measurement instrumentation for nuclear projects, but also highlighting the crucial role we can play in this dynamic industry.

“It’s about more than presence it is a commitment to fostering collaborations, exploring new horizons, and solidifying McMenon Engineering’s position as a key player in the civil nuclear landscape.”

James Walker, a leading provider of sealing solutions, will demonstrate the crucial role of reliable engineering in nuclear applications. Mark Brook, James Walker Manufacturing Director who will be attending WNE as part of the delegation, said: “Although James Walker has been supplying sealing solutions to the nuclear industry for many years, applications are constantly developing. We want to make sure that our materials and expertise are considered in these cases, so I will be using the visit to WNE to carry out research into key application opportunities and to try to identify companies we may be able to partner with in developing solutions to new challenges.” 

FIS360, specialising in technology commercialisation and delivery of innovation programmes, aims to contribute its expertise to the global nuclear community. Frank Allison, CEO of FIS360 said: “FIS360’s participation at the World Nuclear Exhibition is an opportunity to highlight the importance of innovation and how it shapes the future of nuclear advancement. Our aim is to foster active connections, share insights and explore collaborative partnerships, ultimately contributing to the collective growth of and innovation within the nuclear sector.”

The World Nuclear Exhibition provides an invaluable platform for these West Cumbrian entities to forge international partnerships, share knowledge, and contribute to the global conversation on the future of nuclear energy.

The delegation’s presence at the exhibition is a testament to West Cumbria’s status as a hub for nuclear innovation and expertise. The delegation will be based at the UK & EIC (Energy Industries Council) Pavilion at the 5th WNE – World Nuclear Exhibition in Villepinte, Paris from 28-30 November.

Editor’s notes

iSH’s mission is to enable businesses, industry, academia and communities to come together in collaboration to create jobs, enhance skills, and create clear pathways into employment for the next generation. 

It aims to sell West Cumbria capability across the rest of the UK and the world, bringing a range of economic and social benefits to communities in West Cumbria through projects which will have a positive impact on people, the economy, and the environment.

An iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) at Leconfield, Cleator Moor, will anchor the evolving business cluster in West Cumbria. This campus is currently being developed in two phases and involves significant funding support from the Government’s Towns Fund (£22.5m) and Levelling Up Fund (£20m), alongside support from Sellafield, the NDA and Cumberland Council.

BUSINESSES, industry, academia and communities in West Cumbria are well-placed to work together to maximise a wealth of opportunities. 

That’s the message from Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) Managing Director John Maddison as he prepares to hand over the baton to a new leader of the organisation.

John has been the Managing Director of iSH since it was formed in March last year.  He has built a talented team to help create jobs and diversification opportunities while also promoting West Cumbria’s capabilities to the rest of the UK and the world.

John said: “This job has always been about the place, it’s about what’s happening in the amazing businesses, industries and communities in West Cumbria, and bringing them together in the spirit of collaboration with schools, colleges and universities to create even more opportunities for the region to enhance the area’s capability.

“We are also focused on selling West Cumbria capability across the rest of the UK and the world, bringing a range of economic and social benefits to communities in West Cumbria through projects which will have a positive impact on people, the economy, and the environment.

“We have been able to identify diversification opportunities across nuclear, defence, cyber and space industries, and by collaborating with schools and colleges we are creating clear pathways into careers for young people who might otherwise have been overlooked.

iSH Managing Director John Maddison at the iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) at Leconfield, Cleator Moor, Cumbria.

“We have recruited a highly capable and talented team at iSH who are ideally placed to maximise these opportunities. I will miss them when my time at iSH comes to an end next month.

“I am delighted, however, that whoever takes on the job does so with iSH ideally placed to support the region, with the backing of its stakeholders including Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cumberland Council.”

An iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) at Leconfield, Cleator Moor, will anchor the evolving business cluster in West Cumbria. This campus is being developed in two phases and involves significant funding support from the Government’s Towns Fund (£22.5m) and Levelling Up Fund (£20m), alongside support from Sellafield, the NDA and Cumberland Council.

The council is now advertising the iSH Managing Director role as it searches for a successor to John to lead the organisation into 2024 and beyond. 

The new Managing Director should be available to commence early in 2024. This is a permanent, full-time role for which the new role-holder must be within easy reach of West Cumbria.

Interested candidates are required to provide a relevant and up to date CV and a personal statement outlining their experience and suitability for this role.

These two documents should be emailed to Tracey.Crilley@cumberland.gov.uk before the application deadline – 12noon on Friday, December 1.

More details about the Managing Director role can be found here https://ishco.co.uk/join-us/

SOLAR power is the answer to spiraling energy costs at a football club in Cleator Moor with the issue being tackled head on by young players at the club. 

Cleator Moor Celtic is facing bills of more than £10,000 a year so players, with a little help from West Cumbrian businesses, looked for a solution to slash the costs in half and make the club more sustainable. 

The club approached the Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) to help them come up with a solution. A collaboration was born between Cleator Moor Celtic, iSH and Co-Lab Engineering and 15 footballers, aged 12-14, were invited to take part in a three day event to come up with an engineering solution. 

The ‘Greener than Green’ project was made possible by a diverse range of businesses, from one-person start-ups to major multinationals, working with the community to help give the young people skills which will help them find future employment and secure the future of their club. 

The inaugural Co-Lab Engineering Junior Academy, has already seen a range of organisations collaborate including iSH, Jacobs, Westinghouse, React, Technology Consortia Ltd, Radiance Renewable Energy Solutions and Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club.

Options including wind turbines, better irrigation systems and solar power were looked at by the group.

At the end of the event it was decided that solar panels could be the answer to the clubs prayers and now iSH and the club are identifying what funding is available to make the £40,000 scheme happen. 

“The energy crisis is really affecting small clubs like ours. We have been around for more than 100 years and we’d love to be here for another 100 – at least,” says Peter Hodgson of Cleator Moor Celtic. 

He added: “But with prices rocketing we need to become sustainable, self-sufficient and reduce our carbon footprint. We also want to be seen as actively protecting the environment.” 

iSH has already put in a funding application for half of the amount and is hoping to get match funding from other relevant funds or businesses within the West Cumbrian community. 

Peter continued: “The continuation of the club is vital to the town. Not everyone will play football but there’s a social hub they can meet in. It’ll give them all a sense of pride and a sense of achievement that I hope spreads into the town. 

“Without iSH this event wouldn’t have happened. They are very welcome and needed in our community and they could see the benefit of this project. Yes, we hope to see the project delivered with funding for the solar panels, and our thanks must go to the iSH team for pursuing as many avenues as possible to secure it for us, but the benefits are already being felt. For me, this is already a phenomenal success story.

“The work that they are doing is so popular and their interaction with community clubs is fantastic, there are a lot of people going to feel a lot of benefit. They have supported us and pushed us. They have given the kids an opportunity not afforded to them otherwise. 

“They are a breath of fresh air and they can only be beneficial to the area. Without their vision and drive the opportunities won’t be there for the kids of Cleator Moor. 

“Running the sessions was exactly what we hoped it would be. The students involved gave up their holiday time to come along and take part in engineering and now we want them to see their ideas come to fruition. 

“Making the club sustainable is very important but more importantly was showing the girls and boys involved what it is like working in engineering. It was originally predominantly aimed at girls and we did pretty much have an even split. Of the girls who attended some are now actively pursuing how they get into a career in engineering which is just fantastic. That’s a real win too. 

“But for all of them, they get to have the involvement in Greener than Green on their CVs. They took away massive personal benefits and they got to interact with experts too. The things we take for granted, like how we create energy, they got an insight into.” 

Hannah Pears, iSH Education Liaison Officer, said: “It was such a pleasure to work with these young footballers and to see their determination to support their club, it really makes what we do so worthwhile. 

“Here at iSH we are all about collaboration. Here we worked with businesses of all sizes who have a presence in West Cumbria, the club and the young people to come up with a project that will future proof this much loved football club. 

“We are now working to secure the funding that’s needed and have already put in a bid and hope to hear good news soon.” 

All the team at iSH are devastated to hear the news of Pat Graham’s death.

Pat was a true visionary, a guiding light for so many of us.

She devoted so much of her life to making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Brought up in Cleator Moor, she was passionate about making Copeland, and West Cumbria, an even better place.

In her role as Chief Executive of Copeland Council she did so much to make that a reality. 

In recent years Pat was a driving force behind the formation of iSH, and the organisation’s mission to improve the economy of West Cumbria.

As Chair of our Board, Pat was generous with her time and commitment, bringing her expertise, energy and enthusiasm to help shape our organisation and determine what we can achieve for our wider communities through collaboration.

Pat’s boundless passion combined with common-sense pragmatism and sheer will to make things happen, means her legacy will live on not only for this generation but for generations to come.

Our Managing Director John Maddison said: “Without Pat’s drive, tenacity, leadership and support iSH simply wouldn’t be where it is today.  

“Copeland was exceptionally lucky to have Pat as its leader, iSH was very lucky to have Pat driving it forward, and I was personally very lucky to get the opportunity to work closely with her and learn from a truly inspirational leader.

“We all feel immensely proud and lucky to have known Pat, and privileged and committed as ever to continue Pat’s inspiring work and play our part in her legacy.”


SPACE sector opportunities and funding are now within reach for West Cumbrian businesses following the success of the Industrial Solutions Hub’s first Space Week.

The business events on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday highlighted the similarities between the nuclear industry and the space sector and showcased some of the exciting projects companies here could potentially get involved in. The schools and community events caught the interest of the next generation, showing them the possible future careers available on their doorstep.

Miranda Kirschel, iSH Regional Representative, said: “Overall it has just been wonderful, something really different. Our next steps are to collate all of the information and feedback from the sessions with a view to running a research and development project. 

“There have been offers of funding which is always nice from those who came to speak so hopefully we can get a feasibility study going. We are looking at starting small, building on the buzz and hopefully we’ve created enough excitement to do it bigger and better next year.

“We were able to show how the space sector is already a part of what we do here. National Nuclear Laboratories are harnessing a byproduct of nuclear waste in the form of Americium 241 on the Sellafield site to power space batteries. Alan Cross, North West Space Cluster Development Manager, described this as finding gold at Sellafield. Imagine the possibilities there alone. 

“We are also leaders in  robotics and digital technologies. Now, we will look at how we grow this capability and see what parts of the space sector may compliment what we already do.

“There’s funding available for those who want to diversify and pivot into the space sector. It was great to hear too about the really exciting projects like the micro reactor that Rolls Royce are designing and the solar farm that Frazer-Nash are designing.

“And it is always so inspiring when we’ve got schoolchildren who are interested and enthusiastic. The kids all wanted to ask questions and get involved. The planetarium was the winning feature of the day on both Wednesday and Thursday.”

Adrian Bull, Chair in Nuclear Energy and Society at The University of Manchester, opened up the second day’s session at Lakes College, Workington, on “How expertise in the Nuclear Sector can translate into the Space Sector”.

Adrian invited attendees to look through four lenses during the event: Nuclear; Space; West Cumbria; and UN Sustainable Development Goals, including working in partnership to deliver action.

Adrian said afterwards: “West Cumbria is about high tech innovation and we looked at how all those activities can serve the space sector the way they have served the nuclear sector for 70 years.

“It’s a huge opportunity, building on the heritage of West Cumbria, making the connections, building on what we have started today and creating the economic landscape of the 22nd Century, which is not as far away as we might think. We are already almost a quarter of the way through the 21st Century.

“It was brilliant to see how engaged everyone is. In many years of attending events it’s the only one I have ever been to where when the coffee break was announced not one person stood up! It’s fantastic to see how engrossed all the workshop attendees were in the discussion and planning the real action which can come out of this. It’s very exciting to be involved.”

More than 300 school children attended Space Week on Wednesday and Thursday. Claire Murray, a teacher from Thornhill School in Egremont, said: “It has been such a brilliant experience for the children. It shows them what is possible on their doorstep and gives them insight into what they could do in the future.

“They were particularly enthralled by the planetarium, it was great to see them listening and learning. And they’d like a Spot the dog robot for school!”


Editor’s notes


iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub) is an initiative of regional, national and international significance which will create jobs, opportunities for businesses and organisations to collaborate, enhance skills, provide business support, and bring a range of economic and social benefits to the community through projects which will have a positive impact on people, the economy, and the environment.

Facilitating a diverse commercial cluster that harnesses the unique skills of the region, iSH creates sustainable opportunities for the direct benefit of the people of Cumbria and the UK economy.

Supported by Cumberland Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, iSH provides an investment climate that drives networking, fuels collaboration and promotes innovation which acts as a catalyst for sustained business growth. It also expands the breadth of the regional economy, anchoring diversification towards new markets, sectors and industries.

iSH Space Week was supported by Cumberland Council, Sellafield Ltd, Jacobs, National Nuclear Laboratory, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Whitehaven Town Council, and the Beacon Museum.


British Business Bank is inviting business people across the region to find out about funding opportunities at one of its special virtual events to mark the impact of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

This event, in partnership with Innovate UK EDGE and Cumbria LEP, will brief business advisers and the local business community on the funding opportunities available and on how businesses can access the £500m Fund.

The event takes place on 13th July 2023 where attendees will be able to hear about:

  • The British Business Bank and how it supports Cumbria businesses
  • The impacts of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund in Cumbria
  • What funding is available from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
  • Guidance from the NPIF Fund Managers on how to put together a quality application for funding
  • How Innovate UK EDGE are supporting Cumbria based firms

Presentations will take around one hour followed by the opportunity to ask our speakers questions.

Location: Online
Date:  Thursday 13th July 2023
Time:  10:30 – 12.00

Click here to register

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project (NPIF) is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Join Barclays Eagle Labs at The Bus Station, Whitehaven for this free event on Thursday 29th June at 12pm.

Ben Heslop, Programme Manager for Cumbria Business and IP Centre will be popping by to explain what the centre is and what it can do to help your business.

From 1:1 business advice and goal setting sessions through to free access to business databases and reports from Ibisworld, Kompass, Cobra, Grantfinder and many other useful research tools.

Come along and hear what Ben has to say and find out what you could access as a Cumbrian business.

Lunch will be provided.

Register here:-


SPACE and the nuclear industry have many parallels, transferable skills and both have unlimited potential. Now is the time for West Cumbrian businesses to look at how they can benefit from this rapidly expanding sector, says James Cornish, just one of the speakers at the Industrial Solutions Hub’s (iSH) Space Week.

James, the Civil and Commercial Space Business Manager at Frazer-Nash, a leading systems, engineering and technology solutions business, is looking forward to returning to Cumbria next week following stints working with Sellafield Ltd and studying at Lancaster University. He said: “I was delighted to be asked back to my old stomping ground. I previously worked in the nuclear industry as a systems engineer so, I’m a perfect example of how skills between the two sectors are transferable.

“The space sector is growing quickly, it has government backing, and there’s a lot of funding available, but where we struggle is skills. West Cumbria has existing capabilities that could be leveraged towards the space sector. It is skills holding back the massive anticipated growth in the space sector.

“Nuclear technology will be an essential part of the future space economy and exploration. Micro reactors, Nuclear Electric Propulsion, nuclear batteries and heaters, are all emerging technology that is needed now. You’ve got the capability to offer that in West Cumbria. 

“The biggest challenge is understanding the market and who the key contacts are. Conferences like this one are a great opportunity to find out what’s going on and to then decide what is right for your business. At Frazer Nash, part of the KBR family, we work with many SMEs and we are actively looking to work with more.

“Plus, space is cool. It just is and it engages everyone from primary schoolchildren right up the career ladder. Come along and let us engage and convince you.”

James Cornish

iSH is hosting Space Week across West Cumbria June 26-30. 

The first two days of the event are devoted to a business audience with a wide range of speakers from the space industry addressing delegates at Lakes College on Monday and Tuesday.

Delegates will hear from James and colleagues from across the sector including Rolls Royce, European Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult, the National Nuclear Laboratory and many more.

The events will also include discussions on how to develop research and development in the space sector and how to attract funding to work collaboratively with universities and other organisations to grow a space cluster.

Miranda Kirschel, iSH Regional Representative said: “Space is an exciting industry for so many reasons and by bringing experts from the sector to the region to talk about its viability as a market we hope we can help businesses access those opportunities.

“iSH is an enabler, acting as a catalyst to help businesses diversify and grow, creating more employment and training opportunities for the local population and helping to regenerate our communities.

“We are confident that people from a wide range of businesses will find Space Week insightful. We also hope that it will lead to tangible business opportunities for companies and organisations in the region.”

iSH is delighted to be hosting a series of events and activities, including business-facing events, R&D focused events and educational activities with schools, to explore developing a space sector cluster in West Cumbria.

In conjunction with Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’s Business Bites initiative, businesses are also invited to attend an event on Thursday, June 29, 5pm-7pm, in the grounds of St Nicholas Church, Whitehaven.

“Let’s Talk About Space” features Alan Cross, North West Space Cluster Development Manager from the UK Space Agency, who will lead a discussion designed for local businesses and organisations on space, satellites, the data they gather, how it affects and benefits our lives, and what it could mean for West Cumbria. 

 To book tickets for iSH Space Week’s business events visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/636442435457

As well as business events, iSH Space Week will also include a series of events aimed at inspiring schoolchildren about future careers in space. 

Tim Gregory from the National Nuclear Laboratory, BBC Bitesize, and The Sky at Night, will be hosting three sessions of activities for Year 5 and 6 students at Lakes College on Wednesday, June 28. This event is now full but you can add yourself to the waiting list here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/634742159887

Whitehaven Council is hosting a day of Science Shows led by BBC television presenter, author and broadcaster Stefan Gates in the grounds of St Nicholas Church, Whitehaven on June 29.

iSH is also giving schoolchildren the opportunity to “Design a Robot” to help clean up space as part of a national ambition to support sustainability in space.

Find out more here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LQG6F89

 *iSH Space Week is supported by Cumberland Council, Sellafield Ltd, Jacobs, National Nuclear Laboratory, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, BECBC, Whitehaven Council, and the Beacon Museum.

BUSINESS leaders reducing stress and improving their organisation’s performance will have a positive impact on capability across regions where they operate.

That’s the message to businesses in Cumbria ahead of a workshop jointly organised and delivered by Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and iSH.

The Biological Well-Being Workshop, at Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven on June 21, 9am-1.30pm, is set to be a no-nonsense, fun, straight-talking session.

Adapt and Evolve Consultancy, who are running the workshop, pride themselves on their proven record of delivering positive outcomes for attendees.

Dr Zoe Billings and Mark Pannone, former Superintendent of Cumbria Police and Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, who have a combined 50 years experience of working in law enforcement and dealing with life and death situations, set up Adapt and Evolve Consultancy last year to share their knowledge with businesses.

Dr Billings, an Inspector in North Yorkshire Police, who achieved a Ph.D in biology from the University of York, said their business-focused workshop is known for its hard core science about how stress negatively impacts the body and proven methods to alleviate and avoid stress through clear, easy-to-adopt advice.

Dr Zoe Billings and Mark Pannone, whose business Adapt and Evolve Consultancy is running a Biological Well-Being Workshop, thanks to a collaboration between iSH and Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster at Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven on June 21, to help business people from across the region alleviate and avoid stress.

Dr Billings said: “People might feel they are fine, and feel like they are coping, but this workshop will teach people to recognise the signs of stress and listen to their body so they don’t realise too late.

“It provides them with a useful toolkit to deal with that in ways which won’t cost them anything – there’s no gym membership or anything like that to fund. This is advice which is really effective and really works.”

Dr Billings highlights a recent Deloitte report which states that if £1 is invested correctly in well-being it translates to £5.60 in productivity.

Office of National Statistics figures last month showed that 400,000 people in the UK were off work on long-term sick which Dr Billings said translates to one in every 13 workers.

Dr Billings said 82% of people who attended their workshops last year had since changed their lifestyle, and so far this year that had increased to 95%. Of all the attendees 100% have recommended the workshop to a relative or a friend.

John Maddison, Managing Director of iSH, said: “To maximise West Cumbria’s capability and opportunities to diversify we need business people in the region to be performing at their best. Well-being is vital to that objective and we hope this workshop helps people on a clear path to achieving that personal, professional and wider community goal.

“iSH is also about collaboration and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Dianne Richardson and the team at Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster to bring this opportunity to as many people across the region as possible.”

Dianne Richardson, Chief Executive of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, said: “I took a piece of advice from a taster session which Adapt and Evolve Consultancy ran for our BECBC Professional Services Group and I have already seen the health benefits. I would definitely recommend people sign up for this event. It might just change your life.”

The workshop is open to anyone in business, and members and non-members of BECBC are invited to register by emailing dianne.richardson@becbusinesscluster.co.uk

The course will run from 9.15am-12.45pm with refreshments provided and a networking lunch at the end of the workshop.

For business people who are unable to attend on June 21, there are two more upcoming opportunities to take part in Adapt and Evolve Consultancy workshops on 

July 4 at the Cumbria LEP Conference Centre, Redhills, near Penrith. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is also running a one-hour webinar taster session on July 28.