Major New Innovation Programme for Cumbria

An exciting new Cumbria based technology development programme is to be launched on the 26th February 2013 at the Energus Campus, Lillyhall, Workington.

‘Innovus’ is the result of funding through Britain’s Energy Coast and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Aiming to encourage and support innovative technologies in Cumbria, the programme will offer businesses and individuals access to the world class facilities and technical and business support offered by the programme’s key partners, The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) – as well as access to funding.

Innovus is focused on taking bright ideas in the field of technology and making them a commercial success. Cumbria has huge potential to further develop its skills and expertise in areas including engineering, manufacturing and low carbon energy industries, and in the West of the County the focus is very much on encouraging and commercialising innovation. A central plank of the West Cumbria Economic Blueprint, launched byBritain’s Energy Coast last year, is to help businesses and entrepreneurs capitalise on economic opportunities locally, nationally and internationally and make the area an attractive prospect to inward investors.

The Innovus programme is a key part of the plan and aims to connect individuals and small to-medium sized enterprises (SME’s) who have ideas, with end users, support and funding. The first of its kind in Cumbria, the business case for such a programme is founded on the success of the National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester, who both run highly successful technology commercialisation programmes of this nature. The aim is to capitalise on this experience, track record and high profile.

Further information will follow at the time of the launch.

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