Emphasising the importance of this year’s theme in her hard-hitting opening speech, Jeannette Medati said: “If we get this wrong, the result is not only the failure of the end product and damage to our reputations, but damage to the defence of the realm.”
The opening day of the forum culminated in the Supplier Achievement Awards, which recognise and celebrate good performance in BAE Systems’ suppliers.
The awards ceremony was opened with a speech from Submarines soon-to-be Managing Director, Will Blamey, who was clear in his message to suppliers. He said: “Maintaining progress across Astute and Dreadnought, spending money wisely and at the same time assuring quality and safety in everything we do, is paramount.”
LBBC Technologies, who won the Customer Focus Award – currently manufacturing hatches and watertight doors for our submarines, they pulled out all the stops to meet a major milestone before Christmas.
Project Manager Bill Morris, who collected the award on behalf of LBBC Technologies, said it was “like a fairy tale” for them to get this recognition. He added: “This is a total surprise and I cannot thank everyone at BAE Systems enough.
“We are a small company, but all of our team realise the importance of the work we’re doing for you, and we’ve worked night shifts and many weekends this year to get the job done. We have a real passion to help our customers and we look forward to working with you in the future.”