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Robotics cluster launches in Cumbria, bolstering regional innovation and collaboration

ROBOTICS is fast becoming a go-to for nuclear decommissioning advances and today marks the launch of the Cumbria Robotics Cluster, an ambitious initiative powered by the Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) […]

Future innovators challenged by UK robotics leaders to design nuclear fission and fusion decommissioning robots

STUDENTS in West Cumbria have been tasked by the Robotics and AI Collaboration (RAICo) and the Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) to design and build robots which will be showcased at […]

A region built on ‘problem-solvers, fixers and doers’ given opportunities to grow through iSH’s new focus

Robotics and AI, Advanced Engineering, Manufacturing and a revitalised Leconfield Enterprise Campus are new MD’s top priorities for West Cumbria. Gary McKeating has a new mission. But it’s built on […]

Highly-experienced West Cumbria regeneration leader takes reins at iSH

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 […]


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 […]

West Cumbria well-placed for growth as iSH starts new Managing Director search

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 […]

Scoring big on sustainability, young footballers team up to slash clubs energy costs.

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 […]

Pat Graham – a tribute

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 […]

Space Week reveals a constellation of opportunities for West Cumbria

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 […]

Find out about funding opportunities at Stronger North Roadshow

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 […]

FREE – Lunch and Learn Event – What is the Business & IP Centre and how can it help my business?

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 […]

Nuclear power in space? What’s in it for West Cumbrian businesses? We have the answers at Space Week!

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 […]

How spotting stress can help business leaders and improve region’s capability

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 […]

Young footballers team up with businesses to tackle community club’s sustainability

YOUNG footballers are kicking their half term holiday into touch to lead a green energy project which is building their own employability skills while future-proofing their community club. The 15 […]

Businesses invited on board as Space Week launches

Opportunities for businesses in Cumbria to diversify into the space industry are being brought to the region next month. iSH, the Industrial Solutions Hub, is hosting Space Week across West […]

Support available for businesses based in West Cumbria

Thanks to funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has a great range of programme/support on offer, fully funded in your area. A two-day immersive […]

Help Bus Station celebrate its second birthday

The Bus Station turns 2 on the 25th May. To mark the occasion we are having an ‘Open Day’ between 12 and 4pm. An opportunity for you to visit the […]

Exciting plans for iSH Space Week – which takes place June 26-June 30 – were revealed at today’s iSH Business Engagement Event at Cleator Moor. Miranda Kirschel, iSH Regional Representative, […]

Barclays Eagle Labs Programmes

Barclays Eagle Labs Programmes for May Scaleup programme In collaboration with Cambridge Judge Business School, this programme is Designed for high-potential scalable businesses. This programme addresses six core components that […]

Lean Manufacturing Skills Bootcamp

The Lean Manufacturing Skills Bootcamp starting on Monday June 5 for 10 weeks has been developed by Lakes College as a standalone programme that provides a ‘taster’ for new entrants […]

Digital Tech Cluster online workshops

  Join the Digital Tech Cluster for an online workshop, designed to help leaders of digital tech companies Pitch for Investment, May 3, 9.30am-12.30pm. During this free, online workshop you […]

Regular Town Deal updates to be provided at community meeting

A CHANCE for residents and businesses to hear regular updates about the Cleator Moor Town Deal as it moves forward is to take place every month. Cleator Moor secured a […]

Sign up for free iSH Business Engagement Event on May 4

We are delighted that Paul Foster, Chair of the Solway Community Power Company, will be sharing with businesses from across the region at our next Business Engagement Event on May […]

Space-Comm Expo – June 7/8, 2023

THE UK’S LARGEST SPACE EVENT With the UK contributing 6.5% of the global space market, and ambitions to grow this to 10% by 2030, Space-Comm Expo is where the industry […]

New & Improved Skills Bootcamp in Project Management

New & Improved Skills Bootcamp in Project Management Develop your Project Management knowledge with the University of Cumbria and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) new & improved Skills Bootcamp in Project Management. This programme is available […]

Engineering business behind Covid memorial invests in young people

AN engineering business behind a striking Covid memorial is investing in young people as it looks to build a bright future.   R.A.F Engineering, like many businesses, put its expansion […]

Brunch and Learn Event – Protecting your Intellectual Property – at The Bus Station, April 25

Adam Turley is an intellectual property specialist based in Carlisle. He is a Director and head of the Carlisle office for McDaniel Law, a specialist intellectual property law firm, and […]

iSH appoints pioneering leader in regional role

A CO-FOUNDER of a trailblazing initiative brings her far-reaching experience and innovative thinking to an organisation focused on creating more than 700 jobs. Miranda Kirschel, who set up and led […]

Sign up for free Cyber Security event

Cyber Security awareness is essential for SMEs in 2023. Substandard cyber security could negatively affect a company’s ability to function, its reputation, and legal obligations to keep business, client and […]

Global firm Stantec lays roots in Cleator Moor

A global, multi-billion-pound design and engineering firm has opened the doors of  a new workspace in Cumbria.   Stantec, a global leader in sustainable engineering and design, has chosen Cleator […]

Chance to sign up for Cumbria skills bootcamps taking place this month

Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life – offer bespoke training solutions to bridge existing skills gaps within high demand sectors. […]

Inspiring couple shine a light for entrepreneurs

IT’s a freezing, frosty, early March morning, yet spend a few minutes with James Long and Jo Iles and there’s a warm, welcoming light in the world.   Let’s be […]

Funding opportunity pre-announcement: Prosperity Partnerships: early-stage collaborations (pilot)

UK Research and Innovation (UKR) is offering a funding opportunity with this pre-announcement: Prosperity Partnerships: early-stage collaborations (pilot). Status: Upcoming Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Funding type: […]

Essential Business Skills – Lunch & Learn with Amentum

Don’t miss out on Eagle Labs next Lunch and Learn event with Amentum on February 27 at noon. These free sessions have been very popular with some great feedback – […]

Business Workshop – Securing Investment Finance

Join Cumbria LEP at the LEP Conference Centre, Redhills, Penrith on March 2 for a Business Finance Workshop to find out the latest information Cumbria’s businesses need to know about […]

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

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 […]

Nuclear Week in Parliament helps pave way for further collaboration

iSH Managing Director John Maddison opened up opportunities for future collaboration to help the wider West Cumbria economy when he attended the Nuclear Week in Parliament at the beginning of […]

iSH builds team to help create 700 jobs after winning £40m backing

An initiative which will create more than 700 jobs across West Cumbria through collaboration is creating eight new jobs within its own organisation.

Eight new jobs created by organisation with exciting vision for West Cumbria

An initiative which will create more than 700 jobs across West Cumbria through collaboration is creating eight new jobs within its own organisation.

£20m Levelling up funding for iSH Enterprise Campus

Success in the latest round of Levelling Up Funding will see the ambitious plans for the Leconfield Industrial Estate in Cleator Moor come to fruition as part of an initiative which will create more than 700 jobs.

Golden chance for people in Cumbria to upskill in emerging technologies

If 3D printing and associated digital manufacturing skills are the future then Cumbrian businesses and individuals are being given a golden chance to get ahead of the game – but they need to act now.

iSH joins the dots to start delivering opportunities across West Cumbria

iSH isn’t a place. It is about a place. iSH Managing Director John Maddison is keen to stress the difference. iSH is about making a positive difference to people’s lives, […]

First recruit to organisation with exciting vision for West Cumbria comes from local community

An initiative which will create more than 700 jobs across West Cumbria through collaboration is delighted to have recruited locally for the first of many appointments to its own organisation.

Funding for Cleator Moor Town Deal is approved

Cleator Moor is to receive £40.9m in funding for its ambitious Town Deal programme, it has been announced today.

A great day for Cleator Moor – now it’s time to deliver

Today is a great day for Cleator Moor and the surrounding West Cumbria region, and one which iSH is delighted to be able to celebrate with the community.

Event highlights business and funding opportunities for Cumbrian companies in defence, security and other sectors

Cumbrian companies gained valuable insights into accessing work and funding opportunities in the defence and security sectors at a business event.

Saturday night Comedy comes to Cleator Moor

A Comedy Club will be held at Cleator Moor Civic Hall tomorrow night (Saturday, October 29) with three top class acts from the UK comedy circuit. Mike Wilkinson, Sam Harland and […]

Collaboration opens door for Cumbrian businesses in Defence and other industries

An event will take place in Cumbria next month to help Cumbrian businesses access opportunities in Defence and other industries. iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub) has joined forces with FIS360 and […]

Halloween fun activities for children at Cleator Moor Library

A chance to create your own Fantastic Beast head is one of the free fun activities on offer to children at Cleator Moor Library tomorrow (Friday, October 28). iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub) […]

Companies combine to provide unique learning experience for apprentices

Young apprentices are being given a unique training experience through a new collaboration between two world-renowned organisations. Teenagers Ellis Doran and Tyler Lister have become the first Cumbrian control systems […]

Drone specialists from across UK learn from Cumbria team at collaboration event

A future innovation campus site was the focus of the UK drone community for an event looking at how cutting edge technology can be used across a range of industries. […]

International street artist’s mural project a huge hit in Cumbrian town

An eye-catching art and poetry mural trail has been hailed a huge success in a Cumbrian town. World-renowned street artist and poet Dan Ryder, known as Angry Dan, has painted […]

Fun on the bill as half-term activities roll into town

A fun-filled half-term of entertainment is planned for a West Cumbria community thanks to a programme of activity supported by iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub). Hot on the heels of a […]

Demystifying 3D Printing with Eagle Labs Cumbria

Do you want to know more about 3D printing? Come along to this free event at Eagle Labs, Cumbria on Thursday, October 20, 5pm-6.30pm, to find out more. This event […]

Site clearance paves way for future enterprise hub development

Work has been carried out to clear a site where a state-of-the-art enterprise hub is set to kick start a development which will help to bring 700 jobs to the […]

Chance for businesses to find out what new energy package means for them

What your business needs to know about the new energy package is the subject of a CBI webinar today (Wednesday) at 10am:  It is open to members and non-members alike. […]

MoD graduates collaborate with specialist SMEs to help solve nuclear industry challenges

AN opportunity to learn from different industries is bringing industry, SMEs and young graduates together in a spirit of collaboration which will be embraced by a new solutions hub.

Businesses invited to explore advantages of adopting additive and digital manufacturing

Paul Bullock and Lee Fogg from 3D 360 will explore the advantages for adopting additive and digital manufacturing and the unique opportunities Industry 4.0 brings at an event at Barclays […]

Engineering and technology event inspires youngsters about future opportunities

MORE than 100 young people, aged 5-13, were inspired by science and engineering when Sellafield Engineering Centre of Excellence hosted a UK-wide initiative. The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) […]

International street artist on mission to inspire Cumbrian communities

A WORLD-RENOWNED street artist and poet is creating an art and limerick trail in West Cumbria as part of a programme to inspire the community. Angry Dan, 38, who has […]

Online event for SMEs to find out about opportunities

Calling all SMEs. The next cohort of Barclays Eagle Labs Funding Readiness Programme, powered by Capital Enterprise, will go live on October 3. This is free to attend for any […]

Contractors start work on Leconfield redevelopment

Contracts have been awarded for initial work to start on the redevelopment of the Leconfield Industrial Estate at Cleator Moor. The former skip site clearance contract has been awarded to […]

SMEs invited to help shape future as iSH activity gathers pace

SMEs across West Cumbria are invited to attend a business engagement meeting with iSH on October 6 at Cleator Moor Civic Hall, 10am-noon. iSH is particularly focusing on opportunities to […]

Young entrepreneur launches Engineering Academy to give businesses and individuals vital problem-solving skills

A YOUNG entrepreneur is launching an Engineering Academy next month to help businesses and individuals develop their skills by solving real-life industry challenges. Clyne Albertelli, 25, set up his own […]

McMenon delight as NWEC Alliance secures Programme and Project Partners contracts at Sellafield

Collaboration and joint ventures are becoming ever more prevalent for SMEs looking to combine their skills and expertise to bid for major industry contracts across a range of sectors. McMenon […]

Collaboration provides ‘cradle to grave’ engineering solutions

TWO long-established Cumbrian companies have formed a collaborative partnership to complement each other’s strengths and provide a more comprehensive service to their clients. Engineering company Forth, which specialises in providing […]

Specialist manufacturing business invests £500,000 to fund further growth

A specialist manufacturing business is planning further growth as part of a £0.5million investment. Capalex, which employs more than 50 people in West Cumbria, is further enhancing its manufacturing capacity […]

Family events bring fun and laughter to community’s doorstep

Families enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of events in the heart of their community. Bands, street acts and workshops took place in Cleator Moor town centre in August thanks to support […]

Street theatre set to take centre stage in Cleator Moor this weekend

Street theatre is coming to the centre of Cleator Moor this weekend to start a six-week programme of activity across the community. The fun starts in Cleator Moor at noon […]

Initiative set to create more than 700 jobs to help regenerate West Cumbria communities gains vital funding

AN INITIATIVE which will regenerate communities across West Cumbria and create more than 700 jobs has won vital financial backing to fund its programme. iSH (the Industrial Solutions Hub) which […]

Local firms to collaborate on trial demolition job of one of Cumbria’s most iconic structures

A FOCAL point of one of Cumbria’s most iconic skylines is set to be demolished – but not before a team of local experts complete an essential trial run to […]

Trio of charities set to benefit from iSH member reaching summit of Kilimanjaro

A key member of an initiative which aims to transform people’s lives in Cumbrian communities reached the summit of Kilimanjaro on a fundraising trek to raise vital funds for three […]

Teamwork and community spirit help schoolchildren spread positive messages in business challenge

YOUNG people have been inspired to work as a team on a social enterprise initiative thanks to a collaboration with an organisation which aims to help transform their community. Children […]

More than 50 businesses express interest in iSH campus

MORE than 50 businesses have expressed an interest in becoming tenants of iSH’s innovative enterprise campus planned for West Cumbria. Work is set to start next month on the redevelopment […]

Cyber, technical skills, nuclear decommissioning opportunities and community activity all part of iSH engagement

THE iSH team have been busy engaging with a diverse mix of industry, academia, SMEs, charities and community organisations across the North of England and other parts of the UK […]

Sellafield supply chain showcase event supports economic growth, says MD of regeneration initiative

AN EVENT promoting collaboration between businesses in the Sellafield supply chain has been heralded by the managing director of an initiative created to grow jobs and regenerate communities as the […]

iSH launches at Business Conference

BUSINESSES across Copeland will come together at the Mayor’s third Open For Business Conference next week. The event, sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, will see two programmes launched, the Industrial Solutions […]

iSH gains vital backing to help regenerate community with jobs, skills, and industry opportunities

Hundreds of jobs are set to be created after a regeneration initiative of regional, national and international significance gained vital backing. The Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) will bring a range […]

Jobs, people and community at the heart of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

AN opportunity to positively influence thousands of people’s lives across a community by creating hundreds of job opportunities through collaboration doesn’t come along every day. That’s why John Maddison speaks […]