UK installation for software firm
Arotek UK | Cambridge
Arotek UK, a Danish software company that creates programmes for several food factories and supplies food giant Tulip’s factories in Germany and the UK, has invested in a Cambridge base. The firm offers clients a cutting-edge software programme, arolink, which includes recipe planning, food safety and stock control. Owen Morris, Arotek UK operations director, highlighted the benefits for food or IT firms investing in the UK: “There is a concentration of businesses in the food industry in East Anglia, and Cambridge is at the heart of IT and R&D in the UK, so Cambridge was an obvious choice for a UK office. The infrastructure and transport links were also a huge selling point.”
Stepping out in style
Kozi Kidz |Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire-based clothing manufacturer Buttercross Trading saw a 25 per cent rise in export sales after attending its first international trade show in Germany with its children’s outdoor clothing brand Kozi Kidz. It now has 120 retailers supplying its products in nine countries. Tomas Torstensson, sales and co-managing director, said: “This was the first time we had attended an international show and we are a new brand in this market.” The company intends to commission an Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) report with the Germany UKTI team and attend the Munich ISPO 2011 sports fair. >> www.kozikidz.co.uk
Pet food expands
MPM Products | Cheshire
Premium pet food manufacturer MPM Products has extended its Southeast Asian manufacturing operations with the help of UK Trade & Investment. Founded in 2002, it quickly started exporting goods across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It identified an opportunity to reduce production costs by partnering with a company in Thailand, which is a centre for tuna and chicken farming, and from here it distributes to Hong Kong, Israel and other European countries. Keen to spread the risk of its supply chain, the company undertook an OMIS report to investigate an additional distribution partner. From this, the company was able to target two prospects which the company’s director, Roger Coleman, met with in Bangkok. “Based on my experience in Bangkok, I would tell any business to get UK Trade & Investment on board,” said Coleman. “We paid £1,000 for the OMIS report and got tremendous benefit and value out of it.” >> www.mpmproducts.co.uk
Turner & Townsend | Leeds
A UK company is assisting the Ugandan police in an extensive upgrade of its facilities. Turner & Townsend are transaction advisors for a $550m public private partnership project and has a 30-year contract, which includes a threeyear construction term.
The Ugandan Police Force previously occupied prime land in Kampala, which is to be developed as new accommodation for the police as well as hotels, retail, housing and mixed-use amenities. Current facilities are in a poor state of repair with overcrowding and a lack of services.
The proposed new headquarters will house around 1,300 staff and will include conference facilities, meeting rooms, a resource centre, mess hall, kitchens, a helipad and parade ground. New training facilities are also planned in Masindi, which will accommodate around 1,700 new recruits each year. In addition, a total of 24 new local and regional police stations and housing for more than 7,000 police officers and their families are planned for the Kampala and Entebbe areas.
“Turner & Townsend advised on the first PPP projects in South Africa and has worked on projects in Lesotho and Botswana,” says director Mark Warmsley.
“PPPs in Africa are still new, although a large number of countries are now looking at them as ways to replace infrastructure and accommodation using private sector investment. We took part in an international competitive tender for the Uganda project and were successful because of our experience and track record.”
The Ugandan Government believes that the PPP process will maximise the benefits for the country’s growing economy by introducing private sector capital, practices and efficiencies while promoting competitive marketing and facilitating innovation. >> www.turnerandtownsend.com
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