HotSW to champion region’s aerospace sector

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is teaming up with neighbouring inward investment organisations to bang the drum for the South West at the forthcoming Farnborough International Airshow.

The LEP will be joined by inward investment agency Invest Bristol & Bath and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to champion the South West in front of a global audience.  They will be supporting the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), a sponsor of the show – WEAF is a membership trade association that promotes and supports the interests of the aerospace and defence industry in the South West of England.

The four partner organisations will be hosting a dedicated space at the event, designed to showcase the area and encourage new investment into the region – they will each be joined by aerospace and advanced engineering companies from the area, who will exhibit their products and services.

Representing the Heart of the South West area will be North Devon based Barum & Dewar, Wincanton based Flexible Software Solutions, Plymouth based Hymec and Taunton based Vapormatt.

Of the 15 international giants of aerospace, 14 have bases in the South West of England, while the region is also home to a strong network of world-class supply chain companies.

Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP said: “The Heart of the South West area hosts industry leaders such as Agusta Westland, Babcock International and the Barden Corporation, and is supported by a strong and growing network of aerospace and advanced engineering companies.

“Together, the aerospace and advanced engineering industries in the Heart of the South West employ more than 23,000 people and contribute over £1 billion to the economy.

“In partnership with our Inward Investment neighbours, we will fly the flag for the South West, attracting more companies from this valuable sector, and supporting their continued growth and development.  We offer excellent logistics and supply chain networks, world leading innovative research and development services and also provide an outstanding quality of life set in a beautiful location”.

The 49th Farnborough International Airshow, taking place from July 14 to 20, is one of the world’s largest exhibitions and air displays.  It offers companies, small, medium or large, an opportunity to showcase products and capabilities to an international audience, with networking events and conferences organised across the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

The UK has the world’s largest aerospace industry outside of the United States.