Telford & Wrekin Council first Midland’s Local Authority to partner with Make UK

Make UK is the leading UK membership organisation for British manufacturing. They celebrate and champion British manufacturing, creating a supportive environment for businesses to thrive, innovate and compete.

Recognising the local and regional significance of Telford’s advanced manufacturing sector, Telford & Wrekin Council is proud to be the first Midlands Authority to join this forward thinking organisation. At a challenging time for all businesses, the Council is looking forward to working collaboratively with Make UK to support our manufacturing sector and to help build a platform for the survival and evolution of regional manufacturing.

As manufacturers continue to battle the negative headwinds of Covid-19 coupled with the uncertainty of our EU exit, it is crucial to recognise the importance of the manufacturing sector and to reiterate the necessity of placing UK manufacturing at the heart of recovery plans.

Manufacturing employment is extremely strong in the Telford area, accounting for 15.7% of total employment, well above the national average of 8.1%. These statistics demonstrate how vital it is that we work together to support investment inresearch and development within the sector. Telford manufacturers must be supported to access targeted areas of automation and technology to improve our Town’s productivity and general competitiveness.

Telford manufacturers’ determination to survive and grow through adaptation and innovation is evident. Our new partnership will help manufacturers to connect, share and solve problems together across the UK network, for example through focused networking events where members discuss the most crucial and current issues for industry at a national and regional level.

Councillor David Wright, Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Telford has a national reputation for its manufacturing excellence and the pioneering work of many of our businesses.

“That reputation has helped us win significant new investment into the Borough in recent times, most notably with the arrival of Canadian giant Magna Cosma, the largest Foreign Direct Investment win into the UK for 10 years”

He continued“we want to build on this reputation and, through this exciting new collaboration, help promote further growth by sharing the borough’s success stories and helping other businesses to benefit and adapt to the changing business world”.

Charlotte Horobin, Make UK, Region Director said “I am really excited to workalong side Telford & Wrekin Council in supporting their manufacturing agenda and businesses. Partnering to advance the area in levelling up, green recovery,implementing digital technology and creating an environment to trade globally.The sector is an integral part of local economies and never more so than in Telford and Wrekin, an area with a strong manufacturing base and a council committed to industry.”

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