The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt has visited the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre as part of the Government’s national “Business Connect” programme.
Accompanied by more than 50 captains of British industry, he discussed the importance of advanced manufacturing to the UK economy. The visit agenda included presentations from the Chancellor, ministers and the MTC chief executive Graham Hoare, round table discussions with industry leaders, and a visit to the world-class MTC training centre and apprentice workshop, which was one of the reasons the MTC was chosen as a venue.
The Chancellor was joined by the Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, the Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman MP, Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation, and Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister for Industry and Economic Security.
Audience members included CEOs and senior executives from some of the UK’s biggest businesses including Rolls-Royce, JLR, BMW UK, Unipart, Airbus, GE and the SMMT.
Dr Graham Hoare, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the MTC, said:
He said advanced manufacturing was vital for jobs, productivity, sustainability, growth and sovereign capability, and the global context of major government subsidies to industry in the US and EU emphasised the need for action in the UK to ensure the country remains internationally competitive.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt said:
David Grailey, Managing Director of MTC Training, added: