BAE Systems benefitting from the Humber Enterprise Park’s collaborative environment
BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions, employing a highly skilled workforce of approximately 83,100 people in over 40 countries. Working with local partners, they develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. In Brough, BAE Systems currently occupies over 40% of the space at the Humber Enterprise Park and is proud to be one of the biggest employers in the area.
James Appleton-Metcalfe, Citivale’s Managing Director, passionately explained that his aim upon regenerating the site was to “create a facility that could accommodate entrepreneurial, embryonic and international corporate buinsesses side by side. To create an environment that is not just a place to work, but also a creative environment, an environment where businesses and learn and grow from each other.”
The presence of BAE Systems on site has certainly contributed towards achieving this goal, with the organisation encouraging the establishment and growth of three of their suppliers – Cablescan, Rexrob and Supercraft. These three companies work at the HEP in close proximity to BAE Systems, and collaborate on a range of projects.
BAE Systems’ Deputy Site Director, Chris Hitchcock, reported that working so close to BAE Systems’ suppliers enabled the company to streamline the production of a mini Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for an international customer to check on the health of an aircraft. A HUMS utilises data collection and analysis techniques to help ensure availability and reliability of the aircraft, seeking to detect defects early so as to deal with them before they become an issue.
Chris commented that working on site with BAE Systems’ suppliers “has enabled us to build good relationships and delivered tangible benefits of efficiency.” Chris also celebrated the great community spirit at the Humber Enterprise Park. Last year, the company held a centenary celebration day for their employees, HEP tenants and their families. The celebration involved a garden party, an air display and various factory tours. 5,000 people attended the war-themed celebration, and the events raised over 5,000 for the sites partner charities.
James Appleton-Metcalfe commented that “it’s fascinating to me that the most successful offices or industrial parks we own or work on, are the ones where the tenant’s interact with each other.”
The success of BAE Systems, Cablescan, Rexrob and Supercraft pay testament to this statement.