About Furness Economic Development Forum
Welcome to Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF).
The FEDF Board has a Delivery Plan 2018-2023 which sets out the priorities for growth in Barrow and Furness Parliamentary Constituency Area. The plan can be read here. FEDF’s flagship schemes are designed to
- strengthen supply chains
- transform skills
- invest in infrastructure
- improve quality of life
Carl Bevan is the chairman of FEDF, he is also Associate British Ports Northwest of England Ports Manager.
|BAE SYSTEMS MARITIME SUBMARINES||GSK ULVERSTON|
|ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS BARROW,||CUMBRIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE|
|THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BARROW AND FURNESS||SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL|
|CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL,||FURNESS COLLEGE|
|BARROW BOROUGH COUNCIL||BARROW BID|
FEDF Provides the secretariat for the Board.
FEDF works closely with Cumbria LEP, private sector partners Northern Powerhouse, Transport for the North, trade unions and organisations such as
- Cumbria Growth Hub,
- Cumbria Chamber of Commerce,
- Federation of Small Businesses,
- Universities of Lancaster, Cumbria also UCLAN
- trade unions principally UNITE and GMB.
- Cumbria Growth Hub’s Adrian Luckham. assists
- Cumbria LEP Growth Deal Funding is supporting other measures that businesses can call on to add value to this group of assistance measures.
FEDF’ Delivery Support Group includes officers of FEDF, Barrow Council, Furness College,Bae Systems South Lakeland District Council with help from Cumbria Council,
The Coastal Communities Fund via direct grant from MHCLG to Barrow Borough Council has been a foundation of past activity. Through the Fund businesses and individuals are offered support through work-streams which include:
CONTRACT PIPELINES AWARENESS RAISING
A major part of our work is designed to help companies to access active and upcoming pipeline of contracts,
We are open to all companies and deliver information without the need for any special registration.
We offer a unique guide to “opening doors to major projects” and packages of work underway and planned for the area.This covers new life sciences, defence, subsea electronics, energy, road power, transport and rail developments and more,
We help you understand minimum requirements for pre-qualification to tender for work.
FEDF’s introduces you to planned and current investments in SW Cumbria new manufacturing activity or public sector schools, health care and business park development that offer supplier opportunities. The aim is to inform company owners, procurement and marketing teams of the huge amount of new investment and to facilitate access to key contacts within the organisations proposing developments, their main contractors or suppliers. We can also help companies access local and national supplier opportunities on projects such as Hinkley C power station(HS2) and other schemes in either the private sector, local authority Utilities, NHS capital programmes or the National Infrastructure Programme. This information is offered on a 1-to-1 basis and through targeted events, web or app services.
INTENSIVE ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT
To help firms with assistance which can include for example identification of who to contact in large companies, understanding and developing accreditation or pre-qualification registrations, access to finance grants, finding sites for suppliers or skills or developing systems and processes to become fit to bid for and win contracts. Expert advisers can be provided to help businesses develop responses to contracts’ requirements and understand accreditation needs, pre-qualification requirements and put in place processes, procedures, capacity and capability to then go on to bid for contracts. Where required training and advice can be offered through the scheme to address these factors;
CAPABILITIES GUIDE DEVELOPMENT
Informs large companies about capacity and capabilities in the coastal area’s business base and enable sme sized companies to explore collaborative ventures by understanding what is on offer in other businesses. This information is available on a 1-to-1 basis.
GAP ANALYSIS OF SUPPLY CHAIN CAPABILITY
Identifies opportunities for companies to exploit gaps with new market offerings. It also helps to attract inward investment whereby incoming firms can work with local suppliers or foster growth of new businesses locally which seek to fill identified gaps.
FURNESS SUPPLIER GROUP OR GROUPS
To facilitate flexible new ways for small groups of firms to address supply chain barriers, develop ways to provide innovative supply chain offers, or facilitate networking access to best practice. By enabling firms to network, form new connections and know who to talk with they can pave the way for bidding for and winning contracts;
BROKERING LINKS BETWEEN SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS
So that meaningful relationships can be forged and businesses can be encouraged to develop supply chain partnerships. Also to enable project contract needs and innovation requirements to be better understood. We will provide this help on a 1-to-1 basis or through events seminars, workshops or small groups. Specific meet the specifier or meet the buyer opportunities also emerge from this work-stream;
DELIVERY OF SUPPLY CHAIN GROWTH BEST PRACTICE ASSISTANCE
Through conferences, workshops, seminars to help build capacity, these to include; – bespoke workshops and events to de-mystify the tender process and brief firms on pre qualifying requirements; – supplier to supplier networking and help to build collaborative ventures were SMEs can pool their resources; – facilitating access to finance such as Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’s Growth Hub, Cumbria Growth Fund grants, innovation, export and other help including University expertise;
CAREER PATH AND NEW JOBS AWARENESS RAISING
Alerting residents to the opportunities these developments present for individuals to take up new career paths, jobs or apprenticeships; provision of information on skills demand and supply and access to resources of Furness College, Universities, private sector providers and bodies such as National Skills Academy Nuclear, Choose South Cumbria @southcumbria.
APPRENTICESHIP BURSARIES – SUBSIDIES
Discretionary bursaries are available to assist sme owners (provided their firms are operating in supply chains) to take on new apprentices that become the supply chain workforce of the future. The offers range from £1,000 to £2,500 per apprentice and are available through an application process led by Furness College;
These services help companies to both address the most challenging barriers facing their organisations in developing a supply chain presence and deliver help to enable the businesses to position themselves to bid for and win new contract opportunities.