Lewis Firth, M.D. of Firmac Ltd. Scarborough based manufacturer of duct forming technology, met Prime Minister, David Cameron on Monday 5th November at the Big 5 Building and Construction Show in Dubai.
Firmac was one of 70 British companies exhibiting at the Dubai show. The Prime Minister who was accompanied by Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence, addressed an audience in the UK Pavilion, before meeting a range of UK exporters and exhibitors.
“We were told that a dignitary would be attending but didn’t know that it was David Cameron until we arrived on the first morning of the show”, explains Lewis. “He spoke to us all asking what were the problems we faced as exporters. One exhibitor explained the fierce competition we face from North American companies who receive government support to which Mr Cameron replied he would look into it. He shook my hand before leaving the exhibition.”
He continues “Over 95% of Firmac’s business is exported around the world, the Middle East being one of the main markets, so we exhibit in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Dubai. This is the first time I have however met the Prime Minister”.
Cameron spoke briefly to the audience commenting on the UK's penchant for innovation and new products and saying, "It is such a pleasure to be here. I am happy to lead a trade mission to take forward the conversations that will deepen the understanding and existing relations between the two countries and governments".
Later in the same week local MP Robert Goodwill visited Firmac’s head office at Eastfield to learn more about Firmac and sister company Firth Sheet Metal. He met with employees and spoke with the management team about the issues facing local firms. He commented on the business, “It is clear that Firmac are at the absolute cutting edge of technology and that machines made in Scarborough are world beaters. I am sure the Prime Minister was impressed when he visited the Big 5 exhibition in Dubai.”www.thebig5.ae