Sharon Ball

Liberal Democrat Councilor of Westmoreland Ward including East Twerton & Lwr Oldfield Park Learn more

Bath manufacturing is a credit to the city

by Sharon Ball on 12 October, 2011

Don Foster MP

Don Foster MP has paid tribute to Bath manufacturers following the launch of British Manufacturing Week by Liberal Democrat Business Minister, Vince Cable MP.

Under the guidance of the Business Minister, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has pushed for record numbers of apprenticeships to help manufacturing and give young people valuable skills for their career. The South West alone saw 8,470 new apprenticeships created in the first year of this Government, an increase of 31% to 35,810.

Commenting, Don said:

“I want to start by praising some of the excellent work of our local manufacturers, including Rotork, Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and BMT Defence Services. They form the backbone of our economy and will bring jobs and growth to our community.

“Vince Cable is right that we should be proud of the “Made in Britain” mark, which is a sign of quality the world over. Our country’s industry should not merely be a proud past, but also a proud future.

In addition, the Government has announced that it is committing more than £200 million over four years to develop an elite network of Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs). These centres will specialise in different technology areas such as high value manufacturing, digital media and resource efficiency.

Don added:

“The set up of TIC’s coupled with the creation of apprenticeships and investment in the Regional Growth Fund shows the Liberal Democrats in Government are working hard to rebalance our economy, away from the financial speculators in the City of London, towards sustainable growth all over the country.”

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