We kicked off 2019 in style as Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation visited our Kilmarnock HQ to learn more about AWD and to show his support for growing businesses across Scotland.
Following on from our meeting in August in Dublin at the offices of our client John Sisk & Son, Minister McKee had the opportunity to take a closer look at our recent project successes in our temporary works and access engineering services including the construction of the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 Plant and the decommissioning works at Hunterston Power Station, and chose to visit AWD as an example of the potential of the growing Ayrshire business community.
After a tour of our recently expanded office space, the Minister sat down with our management team to learn about some of the challenges facing civil engineering SME’s such as the technological advancement within the industry, the current skills shortage, and the uncertainties posed by the impending Brexit process.
It was also an opportunity for the Minister to meet our engineering team and how they work to deliver for our clients on a day to day basis. He took a look at how we're using leading-edge technology to produce inspiring designs for our customers, including our 3D printed models and our plans for implementing augmented reality construction tools.
We were pleased to hear from Minister McKee that there is strong government support for growing Scottish businesses such as AWD, which is key to helping us achieve our ambitious growth goals in 2019.
Minister McKee said, “I was delighted to visit Alan White Design and learn more about the work it is doing at its site in Kilmarnock. The company is using innovative techniques to help meet its international growth ambitions and find new markets. I was glad to see Alan White Design is working closely with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to help it meet these ambitions."
AWD Managing Director, Malachy Ryan said, "Our clients are our top priority and we are constantly innovating to provide them with industry-leading products and services to inspire their projects. It was great to have a visit from Minister McKee, which shows the Scottish Government is serious about helping SME's succeed and this gives us confidence that we have the right backing to help us continue to achieve our goals."