Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, visited BAE Systems’ Samlesbury site and spoke about the importance of manufacturing to the UK economy.
The high-technology manufacturing and aerospace facility has seen a 2% rise in orders despite BAE posting an overall 10% fall in first half sales this year.
BAE manufacture nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers and armored vehicles. Cable was taken on a tour of Semelsebury, where BAE produce the fifth-generation multirole F-35 and twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole Eurofighter Typhoon.
BAE’s F-35 senior vice president Chris Allam, BAE’s head of government relations Bob Keen and Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE’s military air and information business took Vince Cable on a tour of their facilities.
Watch the video to hear the Secretary of State’s views on his visit to Samlesbury and the importance of enterprise zones and UK manufacturing.