Defence Procurement Minister praises suppliers from Yorkshire during a visit to Huddersfield

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Last week, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew visited Yorkshire to meet with a range of companies that are currently working with the MOD.

In 2017, UK defence spent £232m with companies in Yorkshire and the Humber which supported 1,800 jobs.


UK companies offer “incredible experience and expertise” to the defence sector

The Defence Minister met with many of the suppliers currently working on projects such as HMS Sheffield and those currently developing firefighting vehicles that will soon be based in Afghanistan.

During his Yorkshire visit, Mr Andrew praised the companies working with the MOD, noting that they “epitomise the incredible experience, expertise, and ingenuity” that the region has to offer. He said:

“The spirit of Yorkshire runs right through our nation’s defence with its prestigious military history and engineering prowess. From the design and integration of warship gearboxes to the provision of NATO fire vehicles, Huddersfield is a proud supplier to our Armed Forces.”


MOD backs start-up innovation

Mr Andrew believes that “the spirit of Yorkshire runs right through our nation’s defence.” While visiting the region the Minister also went to see the work which is currently happening at the University of Huddersfield’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC).

The centre is currently home to dozens of pioneering companies that want to grow their business and collaborate with others that are promoting innovation in the UK.


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