£500million consortium formed to deliver foreign aid and British jobs

Two of Wales’s leading international firms have teamed up with Swansea University to target major commercial opportunities abroad and compete for a greater share of the government’s multi-billion pound overseas aid contracts.

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Photo (l-r): Professor Marc Clement, Dean of School of Management, Swansea University, Wayne Preece CEO Hydro Industries, Andy Peters, International Executive Director, Dawnus.

 

Hydro Industries, a water technology company in Llangennech, has joined forces with the leading construction firm Dawnus and the highly respected School of Management at Swansea University to offer comprehensive solutions for some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

Hydro has a proven track record of providing safe drinking water and cleaning up industrial waste across the globe, most notably in India, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates, France and the USA.

Dawnus are involved in ambitious civil engineering projects in Liberia, Zambia, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Their expertise in construction coupled with Hydro’s success delivering water treatment solutions offers swift and reliable options for the British government to address many of the long-standing problems it seeks to solve around the world.

The combined turnover of the consortium is more than £500 million.

The School of Management at Swansea University - now ranked in the UK’s top 30 business schools for research excellence - provides the new Welsh consortium with premium planning, analysis and impact assessment capabilities.

The announcement was made during a British trade mission to Africa led by the Prime Minister, Theresa May.  The CEO of Hydro Industries, Wayne Preece, is travelling with her and said:

“The combined expertise and experience of Dawnus, Hydro and Swansea University must surely present an irresistible opportunity to ensure that precious taxpayer funds harness the best of British innovation, technology, manufacturing and construction to address the toughest challenges of the developing world in an efficient and impactful way”.

“Having witnessed the transformative effect on our technology on the lives of some of the most disadvantaged in the world, the prospect of doing so on a much larger scale with such strong partners and the financial clout of the U.K. government would be extremely exciting.   I hope this trade mission help identify some immediate opportunities”.

The British government has signalled that the international aid budget should be spent more strategically in the national interest. The Secretary of State, Penny Mordaunt has argued that aid should help deliver a “bold new Brexit-ready proposition to boost trade and investment with developing countries”, aiding British firms as it alleviates the most serious problems of the developing world.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has joined the Prime Minister and Hydro Industries on the visit to South Africa to meet with a range of businesses to discuss trade and investment opportunities with Wales and the UK.

Welcoming the new partnership, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said:

“The UK Government is committed to using the world-leading expertise of British businesses to tackle some of the greatest humanitarian and development challenges the world has ever faced. This Welsh partnership is representative of a host of businesses in the UK who want to help deliver UK aid to those most in need, and I want to see more of the unique skills and expertise Wales has to offer taking their place on the supply chain.”

Andy Peters, International Executive Director of Dawnus said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate on important overseas projects with such a highly-respected university and a cutting-edge technology company for the benefit of countries in need around the world, and the Welsh economy”.

Professor Marc Clement, Dean of the School of Management and Vice-President of Swansea University said: “Our strategy focusses on sustainable economies, health and wellbeing, and digitalisation. Globally and locally society faces many challenges and the collaborative involvement of business, education and government is crucial in meeting these”.