Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
William Cash (Stone, Conservative)
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last met representatives of (a) Waterford Wedgwood and (b) JCB; and what steps (i) he and (ii) Advantage West Midlands have taken to provide advice and assistance to each company.
Pat McFadden (Minister of State (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform; Wolverhampton South East, Labour)
My noble Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) spoke to JCB on
Advantage West Midlands (AWM) has been working with other regional partners to explore ways in which they could assist industry, including these two companies. This includes support for the work force (comprising training for the existing work force, as well as support for company staff facing redundancy), support for suppliers and exploring the potential for redevelopment of parts of the companies estates.
Since Waterford Wedgewood went into administration, AWM have approached the administrators to further the discussion. In addition, a Ceramics Task Group involving AWM has been called by the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership to discuss support to the wider ceramics industry.