The Golden Bridge Awards recognise the trade and investment success of UK companies doing business in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies doing business in the UK. As the 2017 awards ceremony draws closer, we learn a little more about three of this year’s finalists, FAO27, Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) and Renson.
The company was founded in 2009 and named FAO27 Ltd, after the grid reference for the North Sea fishing sector and standing for Freshness and Origin, 27 for Traceability. Headquartered in Dingwall (in the Highland, Scotland), FAO27 acts as the export sales department for Scottish seafood family run businesses for whom access to export markets are difficult. FAO27 is committed to this sector as it is a pillar of the Scottish economy and an important part of its culture. The fisheries sector constitutes a main source of income for a large number of families. FAO27 itself is a small business with three full time staff based in Scotland and a further two personals based in France, but it supports over 150 full time jobs/families in Scotland. Through its activities, the company has created jobs within the family businesses that it represents.
Another finalist is ALE, one of the world’s leading international heavy transport and installation contractors with a global network of operating centres and a large fleet of heavy cranes, specialist transport and installation equipment. ALE provides engineering, heavy lifting, transportation, installation, ballasting, jacking, skidding and weighing services across the world. They are known best for their exceptional project management, engineering intelligence and Innovation Series fleet.
Finally, Renson manufacture and supply natural and mechanical ventilation solutions including outdoor sun protection structures. Renson employ more than 90 research and development staff across the group and take innovation very seriously, they challenge their team to be at the forefront of market trends, innovation and design in all of their territories, however, in the UK they have specific requirements that are researched, understood and marketed by some of the best people in the industry, many with 20 plus years of service to Renson Fabrication Ltd. They are also part of many lobbying groups that promote healthy living through clean air, that specifically has a dramatic effect on the wellbeing of asthma sufferers, a UK ticking time bomb. To ensure they reach the correct people to enforce change in attitudes and regulation they carry out CPD’s to more than 200 registered architects per year promoting the healthy spaces concept.