MP welcomes new plan to create more and better paying jobs across the West Midlands

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

CHRISTOPHER Pincher MP has welcomed the launch of the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy – a first of its kind plan to boost jobs and develop businesses in different regions across the country.

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy, launched by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, will cement the region’s position as the heart of automotive and advanced manufacturing in the United Kingdom.

As automotive manufacturing changes, this new strategy will help the West Midlands to adapt to changes such as the increased demand for electric vehicles, securing highly skilled jobs and protecting the local communities that rely on the region’s manufacturing industries.

The Strategy, which has been developed locally with businesses, West Midlands politicians and the national Conservative Government will:

  • Drive investment into electric vehicle manufacturing in the region, including a new £28 million investment into the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, based in Coventry.
  • Help the West Midlands play a leading role in the United Kingdom’s trials of driverless vehicles, with the region aiming to deploy the first fully operational connected autonomous vehicles ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Cement the West Midlands’ position as the country’s automotive heartland, including further development of electric vehicles.

Thanks to the actions of the Conservatives in both national and regional government over the past nine years, the West Midlands is a major force of the British economy and is growing fast. A record number of people are in work and the region’s productivity is now increasing at twice the rate of the United Kingdom as a whole.

The West Midlands Industrial Strategy will build on these strengths, helping every community in the region to reach its potential.

Commenting, Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The launch of this first Local Industrial Strategy in the West Midlands is testament to the local civic and business leadership in the region, builds on its continued success to ensure every community across the region reaches their potential.

“Our modern Industrial Strategy aims to boost productivity across the country by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase earning power. This Local Industrial Strategy is tailored to the specific challenges in the West Midlands, and will set an example for other regions to follow.”

Adding; Christopher Pincher MP said: “I am delighted that the West Midlands will be the first region in the country to benefit from a Local Industrial Strategy, and I know that it will bring huge benefits to my constituents in Tamworth. It is testament to the hard work of local leaders, businesses and people that the Government is launching the first bespoke local Industrial Strategy here.

“Given the turmoil of recent years, especially the huge changes we are seeing in the automotive industry, I am delighted that the Government has placed such a strong emphasis on electric and driverless vehicles in this strategy.

“As the West Midlands continues to grow and thrive, it is crucial that it adapts to the changing car manufacturing market – and this strategy will be a key part of achieving this.”

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