Manufacturing Industries: Redditch

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote manufacturing in Redditch County constituency.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Redditch can take advantage of our new streamlined Solutions for Business portfolio: eligible companies can gain support in areas such as training and skill development, resource efficiency, exploiting ideas, accessing international opportunities and growing your business. For example, we have just launched the Business Coaching for Growth programme, which aims to help up to 10,000 high growth businesses a year to address barriers to growth and grow more rapidly.

Support is also available from the new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which was announced on 3 January and offers manufacturing SMEs practical support on all aspects of manufacturing, including direct access to manufacturing experts with a proven track record.

Manufacturing companies in Redditch will also be eligible to apply for the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, announced in December 2011, which will support investment in training to improve skills as well as expenditure on research and development and capital equipment.

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is putting in place a range of local initiatives to complement these national measures. These include a ‘business development’ forum to assist expanding companies experiencing barriers to growth, work to establish sector-specific skills requirements and a recent workshop to promote the opportunities which are still available from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and future international sporting events. Redditch based Slick Seating Systems, AMS Group and Alto Seating are among the Worcestershire firms to have secured Olympic contracts.

The LEP will be holding its first annual conference on 23 February, which will be an opportunity for local manufacturers to put forward their views on priorities for stimulating business growth in the region.

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