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Looking for subcontracting opportunities – Ashfield area


Héroux-Devtek, Kirkby in Ashfield site is looking to find suppliers that would be interested to enter into a partnership regarding the below subcontracting:

  1. Benching
  2. Circular grinding
  3. Machining
  4. Capacity for aeronautical assembly work for OE and MRO work streams.

Heroux-Devtek produce parts are for the aeronautic sector, and these would be most likely landing gear components (aluminium or steel), however the supplier doesn’t need to be certified with AS9100. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and depending on the supplier’s capability and capacity this could be an operations by operations or a full part of the process.

If you want to know more:

Free e-learning packages

Ultimate Learning Resources are offering to give 30 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Ashfield free access passes to their e-learning resources. This is great tool for training employees whilst also helping staff feel valued, leading to higher retention levels, and remember that the best part about eLearning is that the learners don't have to be present in a specific location and can instead learn anywhere and at any time.

Severn Trent water audit

Businesses can sign up for a free water audit, to help detect and resolve issues that could be costing you money. Seven Trent will also monitor your current water usage and provide personalised water saving advice, tailored to your business. They can fit water saving devices, replace any old fixtures and fittings, and identify opportunities to fix leaks, all for free. Less water wasted and less energy used will also reduce your business' carbon footprint.

The Armed Forces covenant

Did you know that we are proud Gold members of the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Covenant is simply a pledge by the nation to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are not disadvantaged by their service - they sacrifice some civilian freedoms, and face danger on our behalf. The nature of service life means they may also relocate frequently, and this can impact Armed Forces families in many ways. They may have to find new schools, a new doctor; their partner may need to find a new job. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, your business can acknowledge that those who serve or have served, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve.

If you would like to make your pledge and support Armed Forces then contact East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Ashfield District Council events team

If you are looking for new ways to promote your business across the district, then our events team may be able to help. We regularly plan community events which attract hundreds of local people, and we usually have opportunities for local businesses to be sponsors. Please get in touch; your business will seen by hundreds of potential customers and you'll also be supporting our local towns to bounce back from that last 2 years of difficulties coping with COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis.

Mentor City, USA

The US is the UK’s largest export market for goods and services, and accounts for 20.4% of all exports from the UK, which is worth £140.9 billion. Mentor City in Ohio have opportunities for local companies across a broad range of industries. They can help UK businesses ‘do business’ in the US, by connecting them with the right people such as lawyers, distributors, partners, manufacturers and identify investment opportunities and commercial sites, should you wish to expand your operations and establish a base over there.

If you’re serious about wanting to access new markets in the US, then the city of Mentor could be an excellent first step. Similarly, Mentor City have businesses looking to establish trade links over here, so this offers an excellent opportunity for Ashfield businesses to explore mutually beneficial relationships and trade with the US.

Page last updated: 8 December 2023