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Fact finding Aerospace mission – Bristol, UK 2017

The NAG is organising an aerospace visit to the United Kingdom, which takes place from 10 – 11 May 2017. The mission is organised together with NAG’s UK representative Martin Farmer, the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) Manchester and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The UK’s aerospace sector is the largest in Europe and second globally to the USA. With a £31bn turnover, 128k direct employees and 39% growth since 2010, the sector is home to global players such as BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, Cobham and Marshall Aerospace. In addition, Airbus, GE and Leonardo have production facilities in the UK. It shows that aerospace is a key sector for the UK government. The Aerospace Growth Partnership, also known as The AGP, is a strategic partnership between government and industry which has been established to secure the future of the UK aerospace industry for the next 20 years and beyond.

This joint visit follows earlier NAG activities such as the Rolls-Royce visit in the Midlands during the Interreg IVB programme, the GKN meeting in July 2016, and of course the bi-annual participation in the Farnborough Airshow. Following UK’s Brexit vote much has been said and this is your chance to find out and discuss about cooperation opportunities with the UK aerospace sector.

Programme (ATT: GKN visit is on 10-05!)

This visit focuses on the Bristol region. The new draft programme is as follows:

Tuesday 9th May
Delegation arrives Bristol Airport – Easyjet from AMS at 19:30 (book self)
Network drinks - greet & meet for the participants (21:00, location: TBD - call F. Jansen, the mission leader)
Overnight at Future Inn, downtown Bristol: (NAG takes care of the group's booking)

Wednesday 10th May 

Depart from the hotel - 7:30
Visit to GKN, Filton & meetings 
Security & registration at GKN (8:00 - 8:30)
Host: Ralph Williams - VP Supply Chain GKN Aerospace Europe & Special Product Group
GKN main site building 05B, please report to the main reception to book in.
Leave GKN - 13:00
B2B with WEAF members at Osborne Clarke, Bristol
Host WEAF: Adrian Harding (
Host Osborne Clarke: Douglas Peden 
Speaker: Chris Wilson (President of WEAF and MD Safran Landing Systems)
Topic: “Co-operating for the future”
Network drinks with WEAF members 
Please check the WEAF website for the members list:
At the moment the following WEAF members have signed for this B2B event:

Mat Favell, Renishaw plc
David Green, GE Support Ltd
Andrew Pfeil, Stirling Dynamics
Hugo Aniksztejn, MK Test Systems Ltd
Jon Ford, Strenco Tools
Reg Whitelock, WG Jones
Clive Laudham, Derichebourg A&ER
Lisa Senior, Derichebourg A&ER
Gary Payne, Ford Aerospace
Graham Smith, Omega Engineering Services
Derek Williams-Wynn, Polymer Systems Technology Ltd
Mark Mee, Daher Aerospace Ltd
Stuart Cooper, Ilmor Engineering
Matthew Cook, NatWest
Nick Bailey, AirBorn International Limited
Steve Robinson, Galorath International
Mike Ireland, MJI Consultants Ltd
Jana-Sabrina, Stucke University of the West of England
Andrew Smith, Deloitte
Gary Lane, Helander Precision Engineering Ltd
Keith Ward, KW Engineering (Poole) Ltd
Jullietta Tarrant, Bluemay Limited
Paul Jacobs, South West Metal Finishing Ltd

Overnight at Future Inn, downtown Bristol (NAG takes care of the block booking)

Thursday 11th May 

Visit to National Composites Centre
09:00 Arrive and check-in at National Composites Centre (NCC), Emersons Green 
09:10 Coffee and Welcome from NCC
-    Overview of the NCC
-    Capability Briefing
-    Participants in the Centre, 
-    EU and UK support of catapult centres
-    Collaborative Working/ opportunities for collaboration 
10:10 Overview of the NAG 
10:30 Introduction to each NAG member  
11:15 Workshop Tour
12:00 Lunch and final discussions
12:30 Networking with SME’s from Bristol and Bath Science Park (BBSP) Attendees from BBSP
CT Engineering -
Hieta -
Novel Engineering -
Osprey Consulting Services ​-
Coffee and introductions
30 minutes for NAG Members to brief their individual capabilities 
30 Minutes for BBSP Members to brief their individual capabilities
30 minutes discussion, questions and networking
14:00 NAG Members depart for Bristol Airport
Wrap up fact finding mission feed back
Arrive Bristol airport at 15:00
Delegation leaves Bristol Airport – Easyjet at 16:25.

The visits and 1-on-1 meetings will be scheduled based on the interests of participating companies, but will suit companies active in aircraft manufacturing, aircraft maintenance and/or related services. An intake will be done with all participants in preparation of the visits and matchmaking in order to be able to introduce participants to potential business partners.
* The NAG has communicated earlier this year to plan Fact Finding trip to the UK for a week. After the NAG members feedback and the industry's availability during the period of May we have decided to split this mission into two parts. On the 10th and 11th of May 2017 we will visit the Bristol area. After the Paris Airshow 2017 we will attempt to visit Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge area.

* In addition to this visit, the NAG is still attempting to organise a separate mission focussed on airport development & infrastructure. More information will be released as soon as possible.


Please check the right hand side of this page and / or contact the NAG office. 
A minimum of 10 participants are required to be able to organise this programme.

Registration is possible until 23th of April 2017.

Participants might be able to apply for a Starter for International Business mission voucher covering 50% of the participation costs. These vouchers are issued by Netherlands Enterprise Agency. More information (in Dutch):

More information

For more information about this activity please contact anyone of the responsible team at the NAG office:

Martin Farmer (
Diana Nikolova (; M: +31 628 12 86 00
or call +31881976100

Participating members

Event details:

Bristol United Kingdom

From: 09 May 2017
Till: 10 May 2017


  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Services


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