NEARLY 60 Notts firms are being urged to sign up to a project that could help Britain’s aerospace industry maintain its reputation as a global leader.
The Midlands Aerospace Alliance is urging firms to join an initiative that will keep them fit to compete for business with international rivals.
The Supply Chains for the 21st Century programme – SC21 – has £150,000 available to spend on financial aid and expertise for companies. Aerospace engineering is a major industry in the East Midlands, stemming from the long-term presence of industry giant Rolls-Royce, which has a major site at Hucknall, manufacturing parts for jet engines and employing 800 people. Rolls is supported by a network of suppliers and other aerospace firms.
SC21 is a national programme intended to help firms work with major manufacturers in aerospace and defence. One firm that has already signed up to the initiative is Jaivel, the Indian-owned aerospace engineering company that has its European headquarters at Mansfield’s i-Centre.
Jaivel is involved in improving the performance of aerospace firms and business development director Barry Lomas said SC21 was important. “This is an extremely valuable initiative,” he said. “Aerospace is a key sector to Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. “Anything that can help us be more competitive is to be welcomed. “We are looking into how best to take advantage of SC21 and how it can help us provide a better service.”