The K2B Walk Committee is very grateful for the support provided by all of the companies and organisations featured on this page. Our principal, major, and walk title sponsors are as follows.
Principal Sponsor & K2B Title Sponsor ~ BAE Systems Submarines
BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines designs and builds world-class nuclear powered submarines. The company has a direct association with the walk’s founding and has provided enduring support. John Hudson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, is President of the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee. BAE Systems personnel play key roles in organising and running the walk. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.
At BAE Systems Maritime we design and manufacture naval ships and submarines, as well as their combat systems and equipment. We also offer an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and management of supporting infrastructure.
First launched in the West Midlands in 1994, Heart arrived in London in 1995. The Heart sound has become the most popular in commercial radio and now extends to 33 stations across the UK.
Heart are the title sponsor of the Coniston to Barrow walk.
Major Sponsor ~ Rolls-Royce Marine
Rolls-Royce is a world-leader in nuclear submarine systems and support services incorporating design, procurement and operation. Rolls-Royce is a long standing supporter of the event, having entered teams from across the UK every year since the late 1960’s. Rolls-Royce sponsors the K2B in various ways, including provision of gazebos for walkers at Machells Coppice and at the finish, and event memorabilia such as the K2B lanyards and medals. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.
As a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, we have established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy and nuclear. Rolls-Royce is committed to the marine market and maintaining its world leading position in the design, development, supply and support of products and systems for commercial and naval customers worldwide.
Major Sponsor ~ Lockheed Martin UK
Lockheed Martin is a global security & information technology company. Lockheed Martin sponsors the walk-day arrangements at Machells Coppice, where hot and cold food and drinks are provided free of charge to all K2B and C2B participants. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.
Lockheed Martin UK was established in 1999 and is comprised of six Business Units located across the UK:
- Global Training and Logistics
- Integrated Systems
- Information Systems and Global Services Security
- Information Systems and Global Services Civil
- Strategic Systems
Major Sponsor ~ Kier Group
A construction, services and property group active in building and civil engineering, support services, public and private housebuilding, land development and the Private Finance Initiative. Kier provide the K2B Committee with free loan of road safety and traffic management equipment for the walk, plus personnel to set up and dismantle traffic management systems at the Dunmail Raise.
Kier first provided support to the K2B in 2016, in the aftermath of Storm Desmond, when they were completing the rebuild of the A591 north of Dunmail Raise. Since then, Kier have been contracted by Highways England to provide routine and cyclic maintenance, defect repairs, emergency incident response, traffic management and severe weather services in Cumbria and North Lancashire.
Major Sponsor ~ ATS
ATS Global is the independent solution provider for smart digital transformation. We are a passionate automation, quality and IT enterprise delivering tangible business value to our customers world-wide. A global organization with local focus and thought leadership in:
- smart manufacturing & industry 4.0
- manufacturing operations management
- smart automation, quality and IT excellence
- application migration and management
- solutions for precision engineering
- education, consultancy and 24x7 support services
ATS customers trust our experience of improving results and achieving success with their production critical applications.
Major Sponsor ~ Sener
SENER has been a company of international renown in the marine sector ever since it was founded sixty years ago. It currently carries out its activities in two complementary lines of business - Marine Engineering and FORAN.
FORAN - All of the experience accumulated in marine engineering has been applied to FORAN, an integrated system developed by SENER for the design, engineering and production of ships and offshore artifacts, which is currently licensed to over 150 shipyards and technical offices in 40 countries. Created as a practical solution to real problems in marine construction, FORAN has been on the market continuously for 50 years, constantly being improved and adapted to new market requirements and the latest technological developments. SENER deploys a range of services associated with FORAN usage through its marine offices in different countries, encompassing implementation, training, technical support, maintenance and consultancy
Co-sponsors may directly sponsor a checkpoint or a waterpoint, at which they are entitled to display their corporate logo. A co-sponsor may also provide goods or services that significantly benefit the event, such as managing the official K2B website or providing the walk-day timing system. Their corporate logo is displayed in event publicity materials, at the walk finish, and on the K2B website. Co-sponsors may use the K2B trademark and/or C2B logo in their marketing materials. They are invited to present medals to walkers finishing the event, and to attend a pre-awards reception and host a table at the charity awards night. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor.
Contributing Sponsors provide financial contributions that benefit the event. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a contributing sponsor.
|Anixter is a global supplier of communications & security products, electrical & electronic wire & cable, fasteners & small components.|
|Saving you money every day. Supplier of K2B/C2B bottled water.|
|The council operates local government & provides community services including planning, environmental, housing & leisure.|
|Portable toilet units & shower facilities for all outdoor occasions. Subsidised provision of K2B/C2B mobile toilets.|
|The quintessential English Lake District Inn, nestled in Elterwater village within the Langdale Valley. Provision of services to the Elterwater checkpoint.|
|Find a career that inspires you in a place that excites you. Choose Cumbria - a fantastic place to live, work and play. Choose Cumbria contribute towards the upkeep of K2B gazebos.|
|Cumbria is the second largest county in England by area, and is one of the most sparsely populated. The style and approach of local policing is reflective of the environment. Cumbria Police provide the K2B Committee with safety advice and friendly walk-day policing.|
|Providing a wide range of electrical products & services to trade & industry. Sponsor of all K2B/C2B fruit for checkpoints.|
|The nice people at Enterprise rent us the vans for setting up and dismantling the walk infrastructure at a very reasonable rate. They even provide one of the vans free of charge.|
|The government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands. Provision of access to land free of charge.|
|Used car dealership that has remained a local family-owned business since Alan Stoker opened its doors on Abbey Road, Barrow in 1966.|
|Just two minutes' stroll from the centre of Grasmere, yet set in quiet seclusion. Provision of services to the Grasmere checkpoint.|
|Precision machining, turning, milling, steel fabrication, shot blasting, welding, CAD & site services.|
|One of the leading independent firms of chartered accountants in Cumbria. Auditor of the K2B accounts.|
|The Park Authority looks after this unique area, encouraging people to enjoy its beauty, and helping those who live & work there. Please note that you MUST pay to park in LDNP car parks on walk day.|
|Barrow's largest building construction contractor.|
|With hundreds of places to visit, you're never more than 40 minutes away from a great day out. Permission to use National Trust land free of charge.|
|Outside show and event catering. Subsidised catering at Machell's Coppice.|
|Furness area's daily newspaper, covering news, sports, jobs, classifieds, & property.|
|Manufacturer of high-performance kiting & paragliding equipment. Free use of Rigg Wood, Coniston.|
|A small country inn with beautiful views, close to the southern end of Coniston Water. Provision of services to the Lowick checkpoint.|
|South Lakeland District Council was formed in 1974 and is one of six district authorities in Cumbria. Free use of Grasmere Red Bank car park for Checkpoint 1.|
|UK's largest provider of hire equipment. Supplier of mobile generators & other equipment for the walk.|
|Provider of water and sewage services to around 7 million people in North West England. Provision of access to land at the side of Thirlmere free of charge.|
|Residential outdoor education centre next to Coniston Water. Available to groups of young people, corporate clients, and offering National Governing Body awards. Provision of services to the Water Park checkpoint.|
Supporting Sponsors provide non-financial contributions, such as services or materials, that benefit the event.