Firm has no plans to move jobs away in event of no-deal Brexit

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - By PHILLIP THOMP­SON

AMAJOR en­gi­neer­ing com­pany have said they ‘have no plan’ to move jobs based in Glouces­ter­shire to France in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Amid fears the com­pany could leave Glouces­ter for France, Safran Land­ing Sys­tems have con­firmed they ‘have taken the nec­es­sary steps to avoid any ma­jor dis­rup­tion’ to op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

An ar­ti­cle pub­lished by the Guardian last week de­tailed the po­ten­tial im­pact of a no-deal Brexit on the British aerospace sec­tor; sug­gest­ing firms like Safran ‘will repa­tri­ate op­er­a­tions if there is a hard Brexit.’

The ar­ti­cle was picked up by some me­dia com­pa­nies, over con­cerns for the fu­ture of the Glouces­ter-based busi­ness and their 1,000 em­ploy­ees.

The Guardian ar­ti­cle said: “France’s Safran, which makes air­craft seats and en­gine cas­ings in the UK, has said it will repa­tri­ate op­er­a­tions that do not re­quire heavy in­vest­ment, if there is a hard Brexit.

“The com­pany has said any move by the UK away from EU reg­u­la­tions is a ‘key risk’ which would make it ‘very dif­fi­cult’ for the UK and EU aerospace in­dus­tries to work to­gether.”

In an in­ter­nal press sum­mary, Safran ref­er­enced the Guardian ar­ti­cle, lead­ing to some con­fu­sion as to whether the repa­tri­a­tion of op­er­a­tions was true.

The sum­mary said: “Safran, which man­u­fac­tures en­gines and seats on British soil, says it will, in the event of a no-deal, repa­tri­ate op­er­a­tions that do not re­quire heavy in­vest­ments, such as its main­te­nance op­er­a­tions.

A spokesman for Safran said: “The Group has more than 4,250 em­ploy­ees and five sub­sidiaries with op­er­a­tions in the United King­dom.

“Th­ese in­clude Safran Land­ing Sys­tems, Safran Na­celles, Safran Elec­tri­cal & Power, Safran He­li­copter En­gines, Safran Seats, Safran Aerosys­tem.

“As a hard Brexit is not ex­cluded, Safran has put in place a contin­gency plan on a ‘no-deal’ sce­nario, to en­sure a smooth con­tin­u­a­tion of its ac­tiv­i­ties even in the worst case.

“As of to­day, we be­lieve we have taken the nec­es­sary steps to avoid any ma­jor dis­rup­tion of our ac­tiv­i­ties, and have no plan of mov­ing of its sub­sidiaries out of Bri­tain.”

The spokesper­son out­lined contin­gency plan­ning for Safran in­cluded:

Trans­fer­ring Safran EASA ap­provals out­side the UK or ask­ing for third coun­try ap­provals to en­sure all nec­es­sary air­wor­thi­ness cer­tifi­cates va­lid­ity af­ter March 29.Be­sides, other nec­es­sary adap­ta­tions have been im­ple­mented, like the cus­toms man­age­ment sys­tem or the sta­tus of Safran UK em­ploy­ees.

There has been a lot of spec­u­la­tion about the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies across Glouces­ter­shire, in­clud­ing G-TEKT in Brock­worth, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that 3,500 jobs will be lost fol­low­ing the clo­sure of a Honda plant in Swin­don. phillip.thomp­[email protected]­plc.com

As of to­day, we be­lieve we have taken the nec­es­sary steps to avoid any ma­jor dis­rup­tion of our ac­tiv­i­ties, and have no plan of mov­ing of its sub­sidiaries out of Bri­tain Safran spokesman

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