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FarnboROAR! at the International Air Show

Posted by: Mark Jones 20 Jul 16 - 4:10PM  | Aerospace

Jonathan Lee Aerospace Recruitment f35FarnboROAR! The Jonathan Lee Recruitment Aerospace and Aviation team is shouting about a successful week at the Farnborough International Air show this year, despite some challenging weather conditions and 112db of noise from the new F-35 Lightning jet!   


The Midlands and the wider UK has a fast-growing aerospace sector to be proud of, and the UK Pavilion was very popular, with high visitor numbers and opportunities for discussion of investment for future growth. The Midlands was showcased well through the MAA (Midlands Aerospace Alliance) stand at the heart of Hall 1, where the Jonathan Lee Recruitment team was based, as a major supplier to the aerospace and aftermarket industries.

Many multi-million and billion dollar deals were agreed during last week’s show and we were delighted to hear that both of the major aircraft OEMs have high hopes for the future, with Boeing predicting that 39,620 new aircraft will be needed in the next 20 years and Airbus forecasting 33,000 during the same period.

So, whilst Britain is still concerned about the impact of Brexit, the signs from Farnborough indicate that the aviation sector is still going strong.   

The aerospace sector in the UK is the second largest in the world and the largest in Europe. To sustain and grow this position it is important that the UK supply chain is ready and able to support the manufacturing and servicing of the aeroplane of the future as well as maintaining and servicing the current fleets. The Government has pledged £23m funding over a three and a half year period. The aim is to support at least 100 projects and create or safeguard 1,200 jobs.

This was reflected by the team’s activity on the Jonathan Lee Recruitment stand, where over 90 meetings took place across 5 days; including meetings with a number of new start ups and SMEs as well as the larger, more established OEMs and distributors.

Nicki Atherton – Business Development - Aviation said “Exhibiting at the Farnborough International Air show gave us the opportunity to meet and connect with new and potential business partners and also to raise the profile of our recruitment brand as industry/sector specialists, supplying skilled resource whether permanent, interim or contract”


Matthew Heath – Managing Consultant said “Our presence at Farnborough gives us so much value and we reflect on 2016 as one of the best  shows yet for us, with more interest from candidates and roles from clients than ever before.”


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