The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group was launched in February 2011, in recognition of the important role that manufacturing industries continue to play in our economy.
The UK is the 6th largest global manufacturer. Manufacturing industries contribute towards 12.3 per cent of the UK's GDP and nine per cent of the total UK workforce.
The work of the Group is designed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and understanding between parliament and the manufacturing industries, helping to raise the profile of manufacturing industries in Parliament and beyond.
Jonathan Reynolds MP is keen to take an active role in the Group, of which he is a co-vice chair, to encourage and support manufacturing businesses in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency and beyond.
Of course, the many mills around Tameside are testimony to the area's rich industrial heritage. And while many of the mills are no longer used for the industries they were built for, manufacturing is still important for Tameside.
Jonathan highlighted the role played by manufacturing during a visit to Hyde-based Newland Engineering, which exports to 57 countries and counts retail giants like Primary, QVC and the Disney Store amongst its customers.
Jonathan is pictured during a visit to Newland Engineering, in Hyde.
He has also raised the successes of UK manufacturing industries in Parliament, as well as highlighting the pressures they face.
The UK is a world-leader in high-value manufacturing sectors such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, advanced engineering and aerospace. And Mr Reynolds has spoken in Parliament about the potential for growth in this sector.
The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is co-chaired by Chris White MP (Labour) and Barry Sheerman MP (Labour). Jonathan Reynolds and John Stevenson (Cons) are vice chairs.
The secretariat for the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is provided by Policy Connect.