Photographs by Jennifer Peel
CMCA(UK) recently hosted a VIP site visit from the Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Gavin Williamson CBE, and the Undersecretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker. The government delegation was hosted at the company’s headquarters in Gresley Road, Worcester, where CMCA(UK)’s Managing Director Darren Topley and members of the Board provided the VIP visitors with an overview of the company’s capabilities together with a number of case studies highlighting CMCA(UK)’s participation in various Ministry of Defence programmes. The CMCA(UK) management team also had an opportunity to present ideas for further cost-saving initiatives across the Ministry of Defence, and to discuss the current challenges that SME companies operating in the defence sector are facing.
Speaking shortly after the visit Darren Topley commented: “We were delighted to welcome the Defence Secretary to CMCA(UK) and to have the opportunity to brief him on the specific activities we perform on behalf of the Armed Forces. It’s very unusual to have a two hour private audience with such a senior figure and we feel extremely privileged that he has chosen to take time out of his busy schedule to meet with CMCA(UK). Our discussions were invaluable in helping us to shape our own thinking around emerging government initiatives and policies”.
Local press reported on the visit and quoted the Defence Secretary as having said: “It’s really great to be able to join Robin Walker here and actually see what a difference businesses in Worcestershire are making in terms of supporting our armed forces.
“What you have here today is a business that is making sure that the army, navy and air force are able to continue to deliver, get their equipment out and properly supported.
“And without those types of businesses, without helping and supporting our armed forces we would be much more worse off and a lot less safe.”