RFD Beaufort Ltd, a Birkenhead, UK-based company that designs and manufactures a wide range of specialist life saving equipment for the marine, defence and aerospace industries, received a £103,462 Grant for Business Investment (GBI) from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
The company, which is part of the Survitec Group, manufactures key products including life rafts, lifejackets, flight suits for fast jet pilots and submarine escape equipment, as well as a range of immersion and abandonment suits for the shipping, aerospace and off-shore industries.
RFD Beaufort currently employs 157 people.
The GBI is expected to create additional 15 jobs and ensure that the company remains competitive.
Commenting on the award, Brian Stringer, Group Operations Director of Survitec Group, was quoted as saying: “The GBI grant is welcomed as it will enable RFD Beaufort in Birkenhead to introduce efficiencies within its manufacturing processes and strengthen its position in the marketplace.
“This has enabled us to bring work to the Birkenhead facility, create jobs and with further lean implementation, secure the long term future for the facility”.