Corby Council has been praised by industry leaders after pledging support to the British sustainable steel industry.
The authority is one of the first signatories of the Charter for British Sustainable Steel, an initiative that has been set up by trade body UK Steel to promote domestically produced steel that has been manufactured in a safe, responsible and environmentally-friendly way and supports local sourcing and supply chains.
As well as supporting British jobs and providing wider knock on benefits for the domestic economy, the commitment from Corby Council will improve health and safety for workers in Corby.
By signing up to the charter, which is voluntary, Corby Council is supporting an industry with sales totalling around £9.5bn in 2013 and which contributed £2.4bn to the UK’s balance of trade.
The British steel industry employs 20,000 people and supports countless domestic businesses and employees in the supply chain. It has been backed by the Government and a range of other high profile organisations have already signed up, including Balfour Beatty, Cardiff City Council and Manchester City Council.
Ian Rodgers, Director of UK Steel, said: “British-made steel is high quality and sustainably produced.
“Corby taxpayers’ money should be being spent in a way that ensures quality and supports UK industries. Signing our charter will help safeguard the future of the British steel industry and we should be proud to support the use of British sustainable steel.”