Business Secretary visits Honiton based Supacat

Monday 8th April 2013

Business Secretary Vince Cable said today, during his visit to Honiton based Supacat: “The skills of British engineers are sought the world over, especially when equipment has to work in challenging conditions, no more so than here at Supacat. The defence industry is facing challenges at the moment, but I’m pleased to see that companies like Supacat are diversifying their business and continuing to export and sustain jobs here in the South West”.
 
Upon arrival, the Minister was briefed by Director and Founder, Nick Jones and Director and General Manager, Chris Compton. During his visit he was given an overview of Supacat's capabilities including being show around the RNLI’s Launch and Recovery Vehicle by Supacat's lead engineers and receiving an explanation of Supacat's brand new Multi-purpose vessel, the SMV 24, from Joe Wilcox, Head of Marine and Renewables.
 
Chris Compton, Director and General Manager at Supacat said "we are delighted that the Secretary of State for Business has taken the time to visit us today and given us the opportunity to brief him on our products and services. He seemed particularly interested in how we are dealing with the decline of the defence sector and how we are transferring our engineering skills to challenging new sectors such as marine, renewable energy and oil and gas".
 
For further information please visit the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills web site, which gives full details of the visit to the South West and Supacat this afternoon.