Airedale provides backdrop for launch of Lord Adonis’ Report
Date: 01st July 2014 | Posted by: Airedale Team | Posted in: Press release
Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, July 1, 2014
Leeds-based specialist cooling manufacturer and exporter, Airedale International, today (1 July 2014) provided the backdrop for an event to launch Lord Adonis’ report entitled ‘Mending the Fractured Economy: Smarter State, Better Jobs’.
The Report is the output of a review commissioned by the Labour Party to understand the main barriers to growth for regional employers and is based on consultation events held in 10 UK cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, London, Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield. The findings of the initial review identified a number of issues believed to be holding back business growth including skills shortages, particularly for technical roles, and a lack of targeted city-region investment in transport and housing, in addition to other barriers such as access to finance, support for exporters and targeted support for R&D and innovation.
The event was led by Ed Miliband, MP, leader of the Labour Party and leader of the Opposition and Lord Andrew Adonis, UK shadow infrastructure minister. Members of Airedale’s workforce and senior representatives from some of Leeds’ most prominent public and private sector organisations also attended, giving them the opportunity to raise questions with the Labour leader.
Airedale has a 40-year long history in the design and manufacture of high technology cooling solutions for the data centre, process and retail industries, and an impressive client base which includes names such as HSBC, IBM, the John Lewis Partnership, the London Stock Exchange, Vodafone and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The business is unique in that it is the only UK manufacturer to offer such depth and breadth of product and service. Formed in 1974, it exports to 60 countries worldwide and has production facilities in South Africa and offices in Moscow and Dubai.
The business is typical of the challenges identified in the review. Built on the back of the region’s strong manufacturing and engineering heritage, Airedale believes that continuous investment and innovation are essential to its success. As a major employer in the region, Airedale performs a vital role in the local economy, creating sustainable employment across the spectrum from apprenticeships to graduate opportunities. With the UK market approaching saturation point, Airedale is pursuing growth through export markets which it says requires wider access to funding and government support and a commitment to promoting ‘Brand GB’ around the globe.
Managing Director, Clive Parkman, said: “We are delighted that Airedale was chosen to host today’s event. As one of the region’s largest manufacturers, we recognise that positive support from government and a strong relationship with local education providers are key to developing the necessary skills and knowledge that enable us to develop our people and so underpin our growth potential and future success.
“We welcome this review and hopefully the subsequent actions that will provide the right investment, appropriately targeted, to enable the training and development of people of all ages for the benefit of UK business.”
Airedale today (1 July 2014) hosted an event to launch a report by Lord Andrew Adonis, commissioned by the Labour Party, entitled: ‘Mending the Fractured Economy: Smarter State, Better Jobs’.
The Report is based on a series of consultation events organised by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) held in ten UK cities, including Leeds, and involving more than 200 employers.
We would like to make it clear that the company was happy to provide the venue on behalf of Leeds and the Yorkshire region. Airedale does not align itself as a supporter of any individual political party but, given the topics for today’s agenda are issues which are central to the success of businesses like Airedale, we were pleased to host the event and promote the Leeds region.