Today, Greg Hands has launched a new service to improve the ability of UK firms to bid for contracts globally. For this initiative, the Department for International Trade will be joining with 17 of the UK's leading infrastructure firms.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE chief executive of ACE said: "ACE highly welcomes this long overdue initiative. We have not, as a country, proactively played to our strength in terms of leveraging-up to offer our collective capability in planning, development, financing, execution and operation of major infrastructure service to other countries.
"Whilst we have successfully delivered major iconic projects such as the London 2012 complex, Crossrail, Heathrow T5, The Shard, major hospitals and education facilities which are the envy of the world. However, historically we have failed to leverage such success.
"The UK infrastructure sector has always been at the vanguard of progressive change on planning, financing, procurement, operations and maintenance of major infrastructure investment assets. The combination of Crossrail development with London Underground operations capabilities is a classic model that could be export to a number of emerging countries. Such holistic infrastructure investment delivery solution approach could enhance economic transformation and be a game changer for the recipient country."
"This pre-emptive Brexit initiative complements the Government industrial strategy. As ACE members are highly positioned across the world, we look forward to working with the newly formed organisation to jointly position U.K consultancy and engineering sector in the target international market. We hope current and successive Government will fully back this organisation with the appropriate resources to make it a success"