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Cyber crime centre in Brierfield Mill would create more than 2,000 jobs

Lancashire Telegraph: Cyber crime centre in Brierfield Mill would create more than 2,000 jobs Cyber crime centre in Brierfield Mill would create more than 2,000 jobs

A CENTRE for fighting internet crime is being proposed as part of the £25million vision for Brierfield Mill - creating 2,250 jobs.

Pendle Council leader Joe Cooney has confirmed that talks are underway to create the North-East Lancashire Cyber Security Business Park as part of the ambitious proposals for the former Smith and Nephew site.

The Lancashire Telegraph revealed last December how the landmark could house a marina, hotel and climbing centre, if an initial £5million funding could be found.

But much of the main mill was devoted to a business centre, which could house companies at the forefront of the fight against computer crime - and possibly a new Lancashire Institute of Cyber Security Training.

Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, said the plans would help keep the most talented workers in the region.

He said: “Something like this is so important to our area.

“So many young people think they have to move away to one of the big cities so this will be a great way of keeping some of our most talented youngsters.”

Initial details of the cyber security park emerged last week during Business Secretary Vince Cable's visit to East Lancashire and the mill, now being marketed as Northlight, and he has backed the redevelopment.

The site, which was chosen because of its easy links to the motorway, would provide small and medium-sized businesses with online security packages.

Around 300 of the new posts would be for apprentices, with the other 1,950 roles ranging from support staff and cafe and restaurant workers, to the most highly skilled and paid professionals.

It is anticipated that the park could be up and running within the next 12 months, although it will take between five and 10 years for all of the jobs to be created.

Coun Cooney said: "There are discussions ongoing and there is certainly the potential that this may come off.

"There was always going to be considerable office space within the mill and this would fit within the masterplan.

"Cyber security is massive and costs the UK economy up to £2billion every year. It is not so much of a major issue for larger firms, who will have their own IT teams to deal with it.

"But when you are talking about small and medium-sized enterprises then they really need to protect their data. This could be huge."

He confirmed that Training 2000 had been involved in discussions over the cyber security campus, which could potentially attract hundreds of students from across East Lancashire.

He also said that creating 2,250 jobs was 'realistic' but that negotiations, involving PEARL (Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd), the council's development partnership with Barnfield Construction, were still at an early stage.

Talks with businesses interested in setting up in the mill have begun, but the names have not yet been confirmed.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, the government’s apprenticeship ambassador to business, said the redevelopment would be excellent for the whole of Pennine Lancashire.

He said: “There is the plan of a big training establishment for training people to work in cyber security, which is absolutely brilliant.

“A very, very powerful business case has been put together for the site.

“This a major thing because we do not fight wars with guns anymore, we fight them in cyber space, so we need to be confident of stopping it and aware of how it affects companies.

“Companies overseas can also easily steal our ideas and intellectual property. It is a constant battle and we need people trained to do the job.”

Following his visit, when he toured the building with Mr Stephenson and borough chief executive Stephen Barnes, Mr Cable said: "This is a really exciting project. It’s a magnificent building bursting with potential.

"It’s a great idea combining housing, leisure, creating jobs – it will be good for the area."

The business secretary told a meeting of regulators and intelligence chiefs in February that more needed to be done to protect IT systems from attacks by criminals and terrorists.

He said there was a growing threat of disruption to everyday life. The government and regulators have put forward a 10-point plan for cyber security, which includes malware protection and incident management.

Tim Webber, Barnfield's managing director, said: "It was important to show the minister the practical plans which have now been developed for the site and the enormous potential for jobs and growth they have for the area."

Coun John David, the council's deputy leader, added: "I am hopeful Mr Cable will now assist us in unlocking funding opportunities, which will help us to realise Northlight’s huge potential."

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5:04pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Mobbsies says...

Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle?

Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road! Mobbsies
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7:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

TONY WALES says...

Mobbsies wrote:
Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle?

Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick?

Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day.
Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them.
Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well.
Don't seem thick to me.
[quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road![/p][/quote]Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me. TONY WALES
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8:52pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Mobbsies says...

TONY WALES wrote:
Mobbsies wrote:
Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle?

Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick?

Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day.
Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them.
Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well.
Don't seem thick to me.
I don't know anyone in this area, so can't say. I don't even know the area, which is my point. It cannot possibly have an abundance of skills in the filed of Hi-Tech / Cybercrime etc. which means it's ill-positioned for the cause and the skilled labour force will have to travel, by car, to an unknown destination - all because it's an abandoned mill??!!

The local MP seems to think it will retain a skilled work force! I wonder what research he has done? I'm not belittling the people of the area, its just such a small community cannot possibly have any significant numbers of this particular skill area.

I would have thought somewhere on both road and rail networks would be more suitable. Somewhere like Warrington perhaps. It would need a decent cyber infrastructure too, a good fibre optic line connection and a modern power supply as many devices running permanently as these would, could cause outages on an old electricity sub station and wirings! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road![/p][/quote]Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me.[/p][/quote]I don't know anyone in this area, so can't say. I don't even know the area, which is my point. It cannot possibly have an abundance of skills in the filed of Hi-Tech / Cybercrime etc. which means it's ill-positioned for the cause and the skilled labour force will have to travel, by car, to an unknown destination - all because it's an abandoned mill??!! The local MP seems to think it will retain a skilled work force! I wonder what research he has done? I'm not belittling the people of the area, its just such a small community [by comparison] cannot possibly have any significant numbers of this particular skill area. I would have thought somewhere on both road and rail networks would be more suitable. Somewhere like Warrington perhaps. It would need a decent cyber infrastructure too, a good fibre optic line connection and a modern power supply as many devices running permanently as these would, could cause outages on an old electricity sub station and wirings! [BTW, I do not live in Warrington!!] ;-) Mobbsies
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10:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

It's a spade! says...

TONY WALES wrote:
Mobbsies wrote:
Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle?

Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick?

Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day.
Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them.
Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well.
Don't seem thick to me.
It would provide an additional string to the locals bow. Internet crime is on the rise, what a training facility for would be crooks, scammers and con artists this would be.

The level of local Merc, BMW and Range Rover ownership will sky rocket!

I wouldn't worry, it's all the usual if's buts and maybes that will never happen. Still, somebody will make a killing out of the re-development.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road![/p][/quote]Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me.[/p][/quote]It would provide an additional string to the locals bow. Internet crime is on the rise, what a training facility for would be crooks, scammers and con artists this would be. The level of local Merc, BMW and Range Rover ownership will sky rocket! I wouldn't worry, it's all the usual if's buts and maybes that will never happen. Still, somebody will make a killing out of the re-development. It's a spade!
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12:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

HecticBigBoy says...

It's a spade! wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
Mobbsies wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me.
It would provide an additional string to the locals bow. Internet crime is on the rise, what a training facility for would be crooks, scammers and con artists this would be. The level of local Merc, BMW and Range Rover ownership will sky rocket! I wouldn't worry, it's all the usual if's buts and maybes that will never happen. Still, somebody will make a killing out of the re-development.
You mean Barnfields by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road![/p][/quote]Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me.[/p][/quote]It would provide an additional string to the locals bow. Internet crime is on the rise, what a training facility for would be crooks, scammers and con artists this would be. The level of local Merc, BMW and Range Rover ownership will sky rocket! I wouldn't worry, it's all the usual if's buts and maybes that will never happen. Still, somebody will make a killing out of the re-development.[/p][/quote]You mean Barnfields by any chance? HecticBigBoy
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2:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Mobbsies wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
Mobbsies wrote:
Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle?

Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road!
Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick?

Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day.
Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them.
Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well.
Don't seem thick to me.
I don't know anyone in this area, so can't say. I don't even know the area, which is my point. It cannot possibly have an abundance of skills in the filed of Hi-Tech / Cybercrime etc. which means it's ill-positioned for the cause and the skilled labour force will have to travel, by car, to an unknown destination - all because it's an abandoned mill??!!

The local MP seems to think it will retain a skilled work force! I wonder what research he has done? I'm not belittling the people of the area, its just such a small community cannot possibly have any significant numbers of this particular skill area.

I would have thought somewhere on both road and rail networks would be more suitable. Somewhere like Warrington perhaps. It would need a decent cyber infrastructure too, a good fibre optic line connection and a modern power supply as many devices running permanently as these would, could cause outages on an old electricity sub station and wirings! ;-)
our local MP is full of his own importance and nobody elses
[quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mobbsies[/bold] wrote: Greatest respect to people who live in the area, but are there really that much skills in Cyber-Security in Pendle? Take in a much larger area of Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester then maybe so, but that means more commuting by more people on an already busy infrastructure! And how easy is it to get a train to Pendle? Not being negative, just realistic - such an establishment would be better placed in a more central area, closer to Rail/Bus Infrastructure too, not just road![/p][/quote]Are you trying to say the people of Brierfield are thick? Most of them drive around in new top of the range BMW's and Mercedes cars, and don't seem to have a job during the day. Some are experts at not paying any tax, and can always seem to find illegal immigrants to work for them. Oh also they can drive a car much faster, at night time as well. Don't seem thick to me.[/p][/quote]I don't know anyone in this area, so can't say. I don't even know the area, which is my point. It cannot possibly have an abundance of skills in the filed of Hi-Tech / Cybercrime etc. which means it's ill-positioned for the cause and the skilled labour force will have to travel, by car, to an unknown destination - all because it's an abandoned mill??!! The local MP seems to think it will retain a skilled work force! I wonder what research he has done? I'm not belittling the people of the area, its just such a small community [by comparison] cannot possibly have any significant numbers of this particular skill area. I would have thought somewhere on both road and rail networks would be more suitable. Somewhere like Warrington perhaps. It would need a decent cyber infrastructure too, a good fibre optic line connection and a modern power supply as many devices running permanently as these would, could cause outages on an old electricity sub station and wirings! [BTW, I do not live in Warrington!!] ;-)[/p][/quote]our local MP is full of his own importance and nobody elses ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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