Barrow Borough Council Executive Director, Sam Plum, said: “It was really useful to get a feel for this nationally significant port and fully understand how it contributes locally, regionally and nationally. There are some great opportunities for us to work together to capitalise on this. Thanks to Carl and his team for the tour.”

The Port of Barrow plays a vital role at the heart of the Cumbrian economy, serving the growing renewable energy sector and local advanced manufacturing. By facilitating trade and supporting industry the port supports 1,700 jobs across the UK, including 800 in the town of Barrow, and contributes £107 million to the UK economy.

ABP Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Executive Director of Barrow Borough Council to our port and to discuss the vital trade links it provides to the Cumbrian region and how we can collaborate in future.”