Graduate jobs up for grabs in new Northern Lights venture

By Nikki Walsh – Reporter

UCLan is backing an energetic new venture in Cumbria in a bid to give its graduates a proven route into big business.

The university has agreed to house the latest office of Decision Analysis Services Ltd (DAS) – a project management and strategic support consultancy – in its Northern Lights business incubation unit at Westlakes Science Park, Whitehaven.

UCLan believes that the independent firm, which specialises in the energy, defence and government sectors, will bring important ‘additional skills and services’ to the region and help to create vital jobs for its new graduates.

In return for office space, technical support, networking and business advice, DAS has said it intends to take on new graduates alongside experienced staff to help ‘grow a team locally’, as it has already done successfully in Bristol and Basingstoke.

The company’s portfolio already includes such sector heavyweights as EDF Energy, the Ministry of Defence and the National Audit Office.  DAS says it wants to ‘play an active part’ in the energy industry and sees its new site as a useful base in a region already known for its defence and energy industries and business opportunities.

Tony Lawrence, DAS Lead Consultant, said he ‘expects the link with UCLan to develop a strong relationship’.  He added: “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.”

Rick Wylie, Academic Director of the Samuel Lindow Building which houses the business unit, said:  “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.”

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