Welcome To Furness Economic Development Forum

The Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) is based in Emlyn Hughes House, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness, LA14 5PQ. You can contact us by telephone at 01229 314 100 or by email stuart@fedf.co.uk or twitter@fedf.co.uk.

FEDF is a public, private sector partnership. It is chaired by Jackie Arnold MBE.

FEDF has evolved from an initiative led by John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness, which saw the launch of ‘A National Cradle for Advanced Manufacturing – Towards a new economic vision for Furness’ in June 2012,updated in June 2013. This Report provided a framework for preparation of the current FEDF Delivery Plan which was formally launched on 5th December 2014.  The Delivery Plan is a rolling forward list of priorities which has widespread buy-in across the business, local government, voluntary and health sectors. (See www.fedf.co.uk or Twitter @fedfsupplychain)

FEDF is now implementing its plan with a focus on four economic drivers.
– skills for the future
– business support, especially supply chain growth, and Growth Hub support
– infrastructure modernisation including business park development
– environmental enhancement.

FEDF” works closely with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to contribute to delivery of its strategy,facilitate economic growth through the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Government’s Growth Deal for Cumbria.

FEDF’s objective is to support the economic growth of the Furness area (defined as the area within the Barrow and Furness Parliamentary Constituency boundary) and its companies through leadership, direct provision of services by partner organisations, by influencing others and coordinating.

Its current membership is as follows:
BAE Systems Maritime Submarines
Barrow Borough Council
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
Cumbria County Council
Cumbria Tourist Board
Dong Energy
Furness College
GlaxoSmithKline
Holker Estates
John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness
NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
South Lakeland District Council
Vattenfall

Furness Economic Development Forum’s first task has been to develop a Delivery Plan of prioritised actions aimed at:

  • Inspiring local people to exploit career opportunities, develop their skills and further their entrepreneurial strengths
  • Enabling companies to exploit their growth potential to service UK and global markets by improving their supply chain penetration using operating bases located in the Furness Peninsula.
  • Facilitating infrastructure, transport and environmental improvements

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