STEP into a Bentley or a Rolls Royce – and there’s a chance that a small company in Hyde has played a vital part in its manufacture.
The team at AP Patterns have been producing tools and patterns for the motor, aerospace and foundry industries for the past 21 years.
On Friday they shared their expertise with Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.
During the visit to the Clarendon Road site, company bosses Paul Standen and Tony Mottram gave the two MPs a tour of the company’s four workshops. They took the opportunity to highlight the challenges they face as a result of the current economic climate.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "The strengths of small and medium sized manufacturing businesses like AP Patterns are crucial to the future success of areas like Tameside and the country as a whole.
"Too often you hear people say that as a country we don’t make anything anymore, but that is clearly not true here in Tameside - where manufacturing is still very important.
"At AP Patterns it is clear the staff are passionate about the items they make – and about developing skills in new employees.
"We have a network of manufacturing businesses in our area that have a vital part to play in the supply chain and of which we should be proud.
"Our ability to survive the current economic climate will depend on the ongoing success of small and medium businesses like this. And I am delighted that Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna took the time to come and visit this successful businesses, AP Patterns."
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna - who was appointed to the role in October – is talking to as many businesses across the country as possible
Following his visit to AP Patterns, he said:
"I was very pleased to be able to visit Hyde and meet the people behind a successful local business supplying tools to the motor and aerospace industries.
"This is a company that really values its people, invests in its people and wants to take on apprentices. It wants to make a contribution, not just in terms of being profitable but in supporting its staff.
"This is a difficult time for businesses up and down the country. The government has failed to put in place a coherent plan for growth and is out of touch with the needs of our firms.
"We have developed our five point plan to help firms up and down the country, including through a National Insurance break for smaller firms that are taking on extra workers and a one year cut in VAT to 5% on home improvements. Without growth and jobs we cannot reduce the deficit."
Published 13 December 2011