North East companies exhibit at Dubai trade event

International Fire Training Centre and Advanced LED Technology travel to Intersec during Business Secretary's visit

Danny Lawson/PA Wire UK Business Secretary Vince Cable
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Representatives from several North East companies have travelled to Dubai for the region’s largest trade and networking event for the security and safety industries.

Among those exhibiting at Intersec were the International Fire Training Centre, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport, and Newcastle’s Advanced LED Technology Ltd, which produces environmentally-friendly LED security lighting.

The event coincided with Business Secetary Vince Cable’s first trip to the United Arab Emirates in the role, designed to boost trade and encourage more inward investment into the UK, partly through the creation of a new UKTI Gulf Investment team.

Dr Cable met with some of the 170 UK businesses exhibiting at the show and spoke to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, about high value opportunities for UK business in the aerospace sector.

Business operations manager for the International Fire Training Centre, Gary Watson said the centre had a history of training fire fighters from various Middle Eastern airports and investment in new equipment, technology and resources had further enhanced the customer experience.

“Intersec provides the perfect opportunity to showcase these capabilities and to meet current and potential customers,” he added.

Keith Fenwick, managing director at Advanced LED Technology Limited, said: “We regard the Middle East as a very important export market and the assistance we have received from UKTI has been excellent.”

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