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Opportunities on doorstep

DESPITE the recession, good news for the local business community keeps on coming.

After positive announcements for BAE Systems, Glaxo, and a west coast energy college, we had yesterday a royal visit to highlight the innovative industries here in Barrow and Ulverston.

At Forge Europa, after visiting Structural Science Composites in Barrow, Prince Andrew said both businesses were “innovative, interesting and growing businesses”.

Talking to staff at Forge Europa the human impact of what the duke was describing hit home.

Here were people educated and trained in Furness, some of whom may have gone away to study a degree, but who had come back to this area for highly skilled jobs in those growing firms right here where they were brought up.

That’s a tremendous message which we need to get into our schools and colleges. We need to let the young people, thinking about what career to go into, know of the many and varied opportunities right here on their doorstep.

It’s tremendous credit to the likes of Peter and Julie Barton at Forge Europa that they have built such a dynamic business environment.

The products they are developing, whether it is for transport systems or fish tanks, hospitals or offices, are state of the art.

We should be proud of them and congratulate them as they flourish and grow, not least for the opportunities they provide our population.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: May 31, 2012


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