IN A SPEECH to the annual conference of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) in Manchester last week, Jonathan spoke on the need for Government action to support the manufacturing industry.
The BCF – which is the trade body representing firms involved in the manufacturing of products such as paints, inks, and wallpaper – was in Manchester for its annual conference.
In his speech Mr Reynolds, who is the Vice-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, remarked on the discussion which has surrounded economic reform since the beginning of the financial crisis.
Mr Reynolds said, “The global financial crisis has shown us that we need manufacturing now more than ever.”
“We know now that a successful economy cannot be driven by one sector alone, but is the product of a combination of successful industries.”
“The manufacturing sector is already a big feature in the economy of my Stalybridge and Hyde constituency, and I want it to grow even further.”
Commenting further he said, “That is why I am so interested in the need for a renewed approach to industrial strategy from Government.”
“There is absolutely no credible reason to think that a strong manufacturing sector is not vitally important to Britain’s future, but it is important to consider exactly how we will go about making it a reality.”
“With the right policies from Government we can ensure that Britain is a place where innovative manufacturers will come to invest, create jobs, and contribute to the economic renewal that we so badly need.”
The event was attended by over 100 delegates from companies that operate around the world, including AkzoNobel, Sun Chemical and Flint Group, plus many small and medium sized manufacturers.
The UK’s coatings industry has sales of almost £3 billion and employs more than 12,500 people, with more of them based in the North-West of England than any other region.