Jo Lappin, Cumbria LEP chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased that a deal has been announced that sets out a clear and long term strategy for the nuclear sector.
“It’s great news for Cumbria given that the county holds many of the industry’s key assets, many of the skilled workforce, and a significant supply chain.
"It puts the county in a really good position to benefit from this deal.
“We welcome the particular focus on innovation and R&D, which reflects emerging priorities within the evolving Cumbria Local Industrial Strategy, plus the commitment to increase gender diversity.
“As far as supply chains are concerned, we are seeking an extensive business support programme which looks at emerging opportunities.
"The sector deal will also provide us with the resources we need to encourage more foreign direct investment into the area.
“Now that the deal is in place, we also expect that Cumbrian projects related to the nuclear sector and supported by the LEP will get some extra benefit when the government is allocating transport funding.
“The coastal rail line upgrade and Whitehaven relief road, which are both closely linked to the nuclear sector, are two obvious examples.”