AN ENGINEERING firm has been praised for its “leading edge of technical innovation”.

Chess Dynamics, in Horsham was lauded for its work by a Government defence minister.

The company welcomed Minister of State for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew MP and Horsham MP Jeremy Quin to its factory.

The aim of the visit was to provide a first-hand view of what Chess Dynamics does and how its systems are used to support British and global armed forces.

Mr Quin said he was extremely pleased to hear how Chess Dynamics was expanding its base in his constituency.

He said: “Chess is a company which is actively recruiting local people, offering technical apprenticeships and internships for graduates and school leavers, bringing innovation and building the technical knowledge base and skills in this part of West Sussex.”

Graham Beall, chief executive of Chess Dynamics, said: “It was very encouraging to hear from the minister about the work that is going on within the Ministry of Defence to streamline procurement practices.

“We were assured that the MoD and its procurement arm in Abbey Wood is listening to smaller companies

and is making active and positive efforts to engage with them.”