Keighley MP Invites Local Exporters to Shine

A contest has been launched to identify the best exporter in Keighley and Ilkley.

MP Kris Hopkins is calling for nominations from businesses making products in the constituency and sold beyond British borders, with a particular focus on the manufacturing and creative industries.

All entries will also be automatically forwarded for inclusion in a national campaign promoted by Exported by Britain, and featured on an interactive map of nominations from across the country.

Exported by Britain is an initiative run by the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG).

Chris Stott, business manager at Leeds City College, said: “There is a wide gamut of highly successful and innovative manufacturing companies in Keighley and Ilkley producing everything from high tech boilers to components for the Euro Fighter.

“The skills of these businesses are in demand around the world resulting in many Keighley and Ilkley companies exporting a large proportion of their product – some as much as 90 per cent.

“Many cars for example, contain components that have been made here, no matter what country the vehicle is assembled in. These companies often go unnoticed and their success uncelebrated.Kris Hopkins Export Comp

“From an educational perspective we need to raise the profile of our vibrant manufacturing sector to help attract bright young people into apprenticeships to continue to sustain the skills and to support its continued growth.”

Nominations close on Friday October 30, with the winner being announced in spring 2016 at Mr Hopkins’ second annual careers fair which will be held at the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College.

Companies should e-mail if they wish to submit a nomination.

ICE Board Factory Open Evenings


The Board who manage the Industrial Centre of Excellence based at Keighley Campus are opening up the doors to their factories for a series of open evenings. There will be full factory tours and opportunities to ask staff about their jobs. This is a unique opportunity for young people interested in a career in engineering to come along and see the clean and high tech world of modern engineering and to look behind the scenes of some of the best of the Aire Valley’s manufacturers.

The open evenings begin in October 2015 with Airedale Springs of Haworth who have some of the latest and most sophisticated computer driven machinery in their purpose built state of the art factory.

Details are:

Airedale Springs Ltd The Spring Works, Bridgehouse Lane, Haworth, BD22 8PA – Thursday 15th October 16.00 -18.00

Byworth Boilers Ltd Parkwood St, Keighley,  BD21 4NW – 29th January 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Gesipa Ltd Dalton Lane, Keighley, BD21 4JU – 3rd March 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Advanced Actuators Ltd Unit 4, Ryefield Way, Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 0EF 28th April 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Everyone is welcome and the last tour will begin at 17.30 in all cases. To book your place email or call Chris Stott on 07825 058 223