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Joe Martin Bec

Joe Martin is head of energy and funding at BEC

Published on: Friday 8th March 2019
Categorised under: Live, Work, Play , Energy

Joe Martin, 54, is head of energy and funding at West Cumbrian profit-for-purpose property developer, BEC.

Originally from Glasgow, Joe moved to Cumbria almost three years ago.

He is married to Alison and the couple live in Stainburn, Workington.


A lot of people come to Cumbria for that outdoors living. While we like that side of it and do get out on the fells, we’re just as happy going to the beach for a walk. We love going to shows and events around the county.

While it can be seen as remote and some places are difficult to get to, we don’t mind spending 40 minutes in the car to go and see a band, film or show.

We can now also consider ourselves regulars at the Ireby Festival in May, with Skiddaw as its backdrop, which is great.

It’s really quite relaxed, there’s always local food producers, local beers and a great atmosphere. We always come away having discovered some great new bands.

We love places like Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Florence Arts Centre in Egremont, Rheged near Penrith and Rosehill Theatre near Whitehaven.

We also like going out to eat, although probably haven’t been out recently as much as we would have liked to.

There are lots of places from cafes to fine dining. We like the Honest Lawyer, Shill’s and the Coffee Kitchen in Cockermouth, the Captain Nelson in Maryport – and the town also has a good chippy and Indian restaurant.

There’s a lot of variety and that’s what we like – you don’t have to go to the same place all the time.

We went to the Holbeck Ghyll, near Ambleside, and that was one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had, with fantastic views of Windermere and the fells.

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