“There is a great deal of respect for British engineering and technology across Europe and I have no doubt Arena will be able to exploit the opportunities presented now that it has bases in both Sweden and Denmark,” added the member for North West England.
Mrs Foster was welcomed to the Rossmore Business Village headquarters of the 25 years old company by Managing Director David Dawe who said: “We are delighted to welcome you to Arena because we want to share our pride in establishing our first overseas bases in Scandinavia.
“But we also want the opportunity of showing you why our expertise has been recognised by major players within the UK and across the world resulting in Arena engineers and technicians being dispatched to all corners of the globe to enable client companies to achieve their goals.
“Although Britain’s largest independent calibration, asset management and maintenance service provider our clients have bases around the world and our engineers and technicians are in constant demand. Currently we have staff in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Russia and Algeria.”
The MEP was then introduced to Arena’s newest director Lucy Robertshaw, the woman who was instrumental in researching, locating and establishing Arena’s two new Scandinavian bases. The 27 years old former Emerging Markets Relationship Manager has now been made Business Development Director for Arena in Sweden and in Denmark.
She told Mrs Foster that Arena had now enrolled its first staff in Sweden and Denmark and planned to provide further employment opportunities for suitably qualified Scandinavian personnel.
Kevin Dobson, Arena’s Director of Services then introduced the politician to Senior Manager Cliff Bathgate who in addition to overseeing the work of the company’s apprentices, travels the world on urgent repair and maintenance projects for blue chip clients like Rolls Royce.
After chatting to four apprentice technicians in one of the Arena workshops, Mrs Foster said: “Investing in apprenticeship schemes to ensure a continuing supply of key skills is crucial to businesses. Arena clearly understands this.”
Later Mr Dawe said: “Mrs Foster really appreciated what we do here and I believe she was impressed with our British engineering heritage. After all Kevin and I are both time-served apprentices.”
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