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

It 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.  An updated version was issued in June 2013. It provided a framework for preparation of a Delivery Plan which was formally launched on 5th December 2014.  Since then FEDF has begun implementing its plan.

FEDF is a public, private sector partnership. It works closely with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to facilitate economic growth through the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Government’s Growth Deal for Cumbria.  Its 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
Holker Estates
John Woodcock MP
NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
South Lakeland District Council

Under the leadership of Jackie Arnold – Chairperson, 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

The Delivery Plan’s key messages are:

To promote the importance of advanced manufacturing and advanced manufacturing skills to the Cumbrian and Furness economy;

If you are planning to invest in advanced manufacturing in the Northwest of England or Cumbria, do it here in Furness.

The Delivery Plan is intended to act as 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)


Following on from our recent event – DEME Group Offshore Supplier day please find a copy of the two PowerPoint presentations below.


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Supply Chain Growth Support