Local firms were able to attend the U.K.'s premier networking opportunity at DSEI in London.
Ductform HFE, Keela International, Eurospray Limited, and Contract Solutions Ltd welcomed the opportunity to take part in the prestigious Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Learning Journey with the support of Fife Council's Trade Development Programme.
DSEI, a renowned cornerstone event for global defence and security discussions, was held at London's Excel Centre under the theme 'Achieving an Integrated Force' for its 2023 edition. The exhibition welcomed over 2,800 suppliers, including major prime manufacturers, plus more than 230 new exhibitors. DSEI was the premier hybrid event of its kind and played a crucial role in bringing governments, the armed forces, and the wider industry together to focus on the future of defence emphasising collaboration, innovation, and integration.
The participation of these four businesses led to sixteen inquiries, underlining the significant interest generated. Their feedback highlighted an 88% satisfaction rate for the show's relevance, 75% for generating inquiries, and a flawless 100% for Fife Council's organisational support.
Laura McLean from Keela International praised the journey, saying, "The trip was expertly arranged and proved to be an invaluable opportunity to gain deeper insights into this market.”
Commenting from Ductform HFE, HVAC Ductwork Contractors, Stacey McKinlay said, 'I want to thank Fife Council for their efforts in organising and giving us the opportunity to attend such an important learning experience like DSEI. This learning journey has enabled us to network and share knowledge with like-minded businesses, which can only benefit our business.”
Other Fife-based businesses, including Axon Cable, Quality Precision Electronics, Harland & Wolff, BAE Systems, Babcock International Group, and Raytheon UK, also highlighted their expertise at the show, confirming Fife’s capability in the manufacturing and supply chain operations within this sector.
Pamela Stevenson, Service Manager for Economic Development at Fife Council, emphasised the success of the Trade Development program, stating, "Fife Council is dedicated to supporting local businesses to thrive on a global stage. The outcomes of this learning journey demonstrate the potential for our businesses to compete and realise the global manufacturing and supply chain opportunities available to them.”
For more information about Fife Council Economic Development's Trade Development Programme, please email: [email protected]."