Today the Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Manchester based company EDM Ltd. He was shown around the factory by the staff members and had a hands on with some of the training simulators that the company produces and then went on to present an hour long seminar on business and export.
Mr Brown visited the site due to the strong exports that the company produces, especially in these trying times. EDM exports strongly all over the world with their trainer systems and the MD Kevin Bird has recently returned from a trip to China to secure more business in the coming weeks.
Mr Brown was particularly interested in the railway simulator recently purchased by Northern Ireland Railways and also the Continental Boeing 787 dreamliner door trainer systems – both of which Simon Steed (author) actually worked upon and helped design the software.
The railway simulator uses touch screen technology to provide a means to train signallers on railway operations. The door trainers provide means to train cabin crew in the operation of the various parts of the aircraft, primarily door operation but also cabin procedures etc.
All the software was written using the Microsoft Dotnet framework by EDM
Quoted from the Number 10 website:
Thursday 12 March 2009
PM pledges support for exporters
The Prime Minister has pledged more support for British exporters to help expansion into new foreign markets during the downturn.
The Government plans to provide specialist and tailored financial and legal advice to over 1,200 businesses in the coming year.
The PM said that although times are tough, opportunities for new export growth still exist.
“There are still markets for British goods if we help businesses access them. That is why it is vital we give British businesses world class support to make the most of global opportunities and increase their activity in overseas markets.”
Gordon Brown and the Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Davies, spoke to 100 of the North West’s largest business exporters this morning.
The PM said that a recent survey found companies that export tend to be more resilient in a downturn. He said 42% of exporters increased their turnover in the past 12 months, compared with only 23% overall.
But Lord Davies said small and medium businesses needed to continue to be flexible and innovative to seek out new export opportunities.
“Small businesses can find it hard to break into new markets on their own and UKTI is there to help. The £3.5 million programme ‘Gateway to Global Growth’ will start from April helping SMEs to access foreign markets where they see potential for their business.”
The Prime Minister’s visit coincided with the launch of the Real Help Now guide for the North West.
Heres my new toy, Nokia E71 – got it with a new contract on 3 mobile (three.co.uk) and i’m very happy with it. I used to have a Blackberry Curve which was great but crap camera and limited applications – this one meets all my needs so it’s a great buy for anyone wanting mobile email, reasonable web browsing, IM, good range of supported applications and the 3.2 mega pixel camera is good enough for daily usage
Well if you read my comments last week on my farcical episode with TMobile, I did as I promised and voted with my feet.
Popped into 6 mobile stores on Saturday and the only one to show an interest in helping me out was Three and Phones4U.
Vodafone – did not bother to approach me to see even though we were in the shop 5 mins
Orange – just did not seem interested
Carphone Warehouse – Completely disinterested – apparently since the sales people have lost their incentive, commissions on new sales they have stood right back.
Phones4U – tried their best but the guy was a waste of time
O2 – no interest shown at all but they were poorly staffed
I explained what I wanted, told them we have two mobiles and are paying around £70 per month and wanted to reduce them but have more facilities i.e. browsing, maps etc
I ended up getting a Nokia E71 and the wife picked up a Nokia 6220 – both for £45 per month!!!!!! including internet, msn, maps, gps etc etc etc
Got my PAC code from a disgruntled TMobile retentions guy yesterday and the port will go over on Wed this week.
Excellent service from three, no pressure at all, they spent around an hour with us talking through all the options making sure it was exactly what we wanted and we saved a fortune as well
Nice to see excellent customer service for a change, shame more people don’t learn from it.