I continue to work closely with businesses and employee representatives to protect London’s jobs from the threats that Brexit poses to industries such as manufacturing. My Deputy Mayors for Business and Environment have met with the Chairman of Ford Motors at the Dagenham plant to discuss the support they need from both the Mayor’s office and Government. My team will continue to work closely with Ford to ensure that they get the support they need to retain jobs and investment in Dagenham.
Ford’s Plant Manager Paul Neighbour has been appointed to my Skills for Londoners Business Partnership and will therefore play a key role in advising me on how to improve and better align skills provision including specialist, industry-relevant and higher level skills provision to meet the skills needs of businesses like Ford.
The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) is just one of the business-led bodies that are informing policy at City Hall, alongside my Business Advisory Board, the London Business Board and sector specific representative bodies.
London’s manufacturing sector plays a key role in London’s economy and LEAP is commissioning research to better understand the challenges the sector is facing, particularly in terms of Brexit.