Midlands manufacturing group to press Government on policies for the industry

MIM's Charles Addison, Andy Moore and Jason Pitt set up the Westminster visit
MIM's Charles Addison, Andy Moore and Jason Pitt set up the Westminster visit
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Members of an organisation of Midlands-based manufacturers will visit Westminster to discuss how the Government can further support industry.

Made in the Midlands (MIM) members are travelling to London in February for their annual visit.

Boss Charles Addison said: “The Government is rediscovering how important manufacturing is and the public actually believe that we make things in this country and indeed this region.

“The fact is, we always did, but it was rarely celebrated. The Midlands is the epicentre of economic growth nationally and this trip will demonstrate that manufacturing is successful and sustainable and therefore deserves recognition and ongoing support.”

During 2014 Made in the Midlands has had private meetings with Chancellor George Osborne, business secretary Vince Cable and UKIP’s Nigel Farage to discuss the way forward for manufacturing.

The talks were based on a report which found 51 per cent of members thought Government policy didn’t support manufacturing enough, while 43 per cent believed the Government needed to improve their understanding of industry.

Alongside the opportunity to discuss their industry issues, members will have the opportunity to visit the public gallery for Parliament. Places are limited and tickets for the trip start at £190 including return travel and refreshments and are restricted to a maximum of two per company. For more details visit madeinthemidlands.com/events

Mr Addison said: “This is fantastic opportunity to visit the House of Commons and with an election looming it will give MIM members an unrivalled opportunity to discuss key topics that affect manufacturing in the region.”