Published: November 5, 2019 | Updated: November 5, 2019

Global leader among companies highlighted to top government team during visit to Dorset

The Department for International Trade team which had a two-day visit to Dorset, hosted by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A global leader in fume extraction and filtration was among the technology companies singled out for special mention during a high-level Department for International Trade (DIT) visit to Dorset.

BOFA International was one of seven case studies featured in an eight-page brochure by Invest in Dorset highlighting the county’s advanced engineering and manufacturing sector.

The document was produced for a two-day visit by DIT’s advanced engineering and manufacturing team.

It will be used to promote Dorset’s specialist skills across the world through embassies and trade missions.

Geoff Sagar.

Geoff Sagar, BOFA’s Business Development Manager and Invest In Dorset Ambassador, said: “We were extremely proud to have been included in the advanced manufacturing showcase to the DIT.

“As a multiple Queen’s Award winner, BOFA has been flying the flag for British manufacturing for over 30 years and it’s great to see how technological innovation rooted in Dorset is thriving not just in our own business but among our peers.”

The 14-strong DIT team was led by Janice Whittington, Head of Sector, Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing, Department for International Trade Investment Services, and Terry Mankertz, Director for Sector Advisory Services (SAS).

It visited a number of technology businesses to hear about Dorset’s growing success in advanced engineering and manufacturing, some key current projects underway as well as opportunities for inward investment.

An event at the RNLI College in Poole included presentations from the DIT, BCP Council, Dorset Council and Atlas Elektronik UK promoting Dorset’s prowess in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

The visit was hosted by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Other companies featured in the brochure were Loop Technology, Siemens Mobility, Coda Octopus Martech, AIM Altitude, Walker AEC (Poole) Ltd and Atlas Elektronik.

Dorset’s engineering and manufacturing sector employs around 25,000 people and contributes £1.4bn annually to the region’s economy.