I would like to give you a quick review of the last few weeks; and a hint of what is to come.
Since I last posted I have been to the Middle East and back and as of tomorrow night the 1st March I am once again heading out to the GCC region to take part in SSS Arabia, a security industry trade show being held in Al Khobar. This show has a number of high profile exhibitors and includes representatives of a number of Government security and defence organisations.
The best part of this new visit is that it is as a direct result of invitation from one of the companies we visited on the last trip to Riyadh.
Also during the trip we were lucky enough to have Jeff Burke from ES Global and Phil Woodman from Modular and Volumetric join us at different points on the journey. All were received well with Jeff meeting up with Arabtec, Saudi Bin Laden and Sela Sport. Feedback has been great and two live jobs are now under consideration.
Phil came to Cairo meeting up with Deyar Construction for two days of site visits and useful discussion. The sheer scale of Cairo is difficult to take in and our visit came at a time of distinct unrest. However we were once again very well received and extremely well looked after for the duration of the visit.
Egypt has a stated aim to construct 700,000 units of accommodation each year. Currently and in part due to the political and social situation they are falling well short. The ethos and objectives of M & V will fit well and should really be a great part of the solution in days to come
Also in the last few weeks Geostrut has taken some great strides both in the UK and the Middle East. Craig Barker CEO of Geostrut USA joined me in Egypt to meet up with a couple of Local prospective dealers. In the event we found some great people to work with at SkyGoup, Cairo and we look forward to moving ahead shortly.
Back in the UK I have hooked up with an old acquaintance in Simon Gillett. Simon is probably best known for his time as owner of Donnington Park Raceway with a contract to stage the F 1 race for the next 15 years. Ultimately it was not to be and Simon has moved on to other business interests.
We have found some common ground on a number of projects that Simon is working on and International Facilities and sourcing will be working to support some of the upcoming projects. One of these a Street lighting contract in Ghana is of possible benefit to GeoStrut to create the lamp posts. Solar powered arrays will charge on board batteries providing street lighting for all whilst not impacting on the countries National Grid. Great project, hope it takes off.