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Energy company to bring new opportunities to region through UCLan

10 August 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan West Cumbria business support unit welcomes big energy player

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) West Cumbria business support unit has welcomed a consultancy company specialising in the energy, defence and government sectors to bring additional skills and services to the region.

Decision Analysis Services Ltd (DAS) has opened an office at the UCLan Northern Lights business incubation unit which is based on the Westlakes Science Park on the outskirts of Whitehaven in Cumbria.

DAS is an independent consultancy business working in the energy, defence and government sectors and specialise in strategic support and project management. The company has a strong record working for key organisations including EDF Energy, The National Audit Office and UK Ministry of Defence and is now keen to forge close links with West Cumbria through the University.

Lead consultant from DAS Tony Lawrence said: “West Cumbria is intended to be an important part of our business, and we look forward to growing our team locally, with experienced staff and new graduates. This follows on from the successful approach we have implemented for our Bristol and Basingstoke teams. I expect we will use this link with UCLan to develop a strong relationship as we grow.

“West Cumbria is intended to be an important part of our business, and we look forward to growing our team locally, with experienced staff and new graduates.”

“We want to play an active part of current and future business opportunities arising in Britain’s Energy Cost and have already become members of Britain’s Energy Cost Business Cluster.”

UCLan’s Westlakes Northern Lights business incubation unit aims to encourage investment into West Cumbria, promote technical expertise and expand links between the University and regional businesses. It offers office space, technical support, mentoring from business advisors and networking opportunities.

Rick Wylie, the academic director of the Samuel Lindow Building which houses the incubation unit, commented: “The prime aim of the unit is to support inward investment into the region and we are proud to welcome DAS to West Cumbria. We are in a prime location close to Sellafield and the nuclear supply chain and I am sure the company will bring new skills and services into the region to develop new markets and in time provide employment opportunities.”