CDS Defence Support Launches as a New Company.
CDS Defence Support becomes a stand alone business having branched off from it's partner companies.
CDS Defence Support received the backing of local MP Alex Chalk when it celebrated its launch as a new stand-alone business with bold expansion plans that could lead to more jobs for people in the area.
CDS Defence Support held its launch at its offices in Alstone Lane on Wednesday (January 3) with its 75-strong team of employees in attendance. The company is regarded as a key employer in the area providing engineering support directly to the Ministry of Defence and to the MoD’s prime and sub-prime contractors. With a turnover of more than £5 million in 2016, CDS Defence Support aims to double this figure by 2020 and also increase its workforce considerably.
Alex Chalk said the company’s best days are still to come and that he was, “proud to be an MP of such an inspiring town, full of businesses that run purely on people”. Mr Chalk also presented Dan Sambell with a certificate to celebrate achieving his Senior Apprenticeship in Engineering with the company.
CDS Defence Support had been a hugely successful division of CDS, a UK privately owned company employing approximately 270 people, but now, as a standalone operation, it is targeting an even brighter future.
Richard Bradley, Managing Director of CDS Defence Support, expressed the company’s wish to further its support to the Reserve Forces over the coming year. CDS already has a solid reservist presence within its ever-expanding workforce with more than 8% of employees as serving Reservists.
DiBs Bucknell, Sales Director for CDS and a serving Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, said: “We have civilians working with the MoD delivering direct support to the Front Line, as well as back office support, and that 8% figure of serving Reservists employed in CDS demonstrates how committed this workforce is to getting the best results for the UK’s armed forces.”