Alex Mayer MEP met Keith Plater, the Managing Director of Rapidrop, one of the UK’s leading fire sprinkler manufacturers.
This U.K. success story now has operations globally and a big presence in Europe including in Poland, France and Spain.
Yet with Brexit looming the M.D. explained he couldn’t see what benefits would come but he did have concerns.
92% of their sprinklers are exported so the possible loss of tariff free access to the Single Market is a big issue.
The MEP and MD also discussed how Rapidrop need staff that speak several languages to deal with their international client base and how they currently they employ many EU citizens with these skills.
Even with a deal, Keith Plater pointed out it’s emotional. The companies that he trades with on the continent are already looking for suppliers closer to home. His trading partners in Spain and Poland are already telling him that “the Brits, maybe they feel different about the way we do business”.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “This is a real business success story in Peterborough. Rapidrop is thriving so it is vital that the Government take note of what successful businesses need from the Brexit talks.”