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Black Country Plays A Blinder in Westminster

BCLEP WestminsterThe Black Country LEP joined forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North for the second time today, 1 November, to showcase goods manufactured in the Black Country and sold across the world. During the event 39 MPs including Boris Johnson, Tom Watson, Margot James, Liam Byrne, Hilary Benn and James Morris along with members of the business community visited the showcase exhibition at the Houses of Parliament.

With 455,400 people working in the Black Country with 103,725 of those in high value manufacturing jobs across 7,656 high value manufacturing businesses, the Black Country is one of the UKs leading supply chain centres within the automotive and aerospace sectors, this special exhibition showcased almost 30 Black Country based companies whose products are “made in the Black Country and sold across the world”.

Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary said: “I spent part of my early working career in Wolverhampton and I remember all the traditional industries in the Black Country so it’s fantastic to see so many businesses in advanced manufacturing such as aerospace, automotive, digital media and film production. I am impressed by the new industries, new businesses and new investment in the Black Country.”

Tom Watson, MP said: “It’s great to see Black Country representatives at the heart of Westminster making a loud clarion cry that manufacturing matters and the Black Country has some of the best high skilled manufacturing in the world. I am particularly proud to see Sandwell based company Rimstock here today helping to represent the best of Black Country manufacturing.”

Paul Brown, Black Country LEP Board Member said: “I am delighted to see so many Black Country companies profiling their skills and expertise in Westminster today. Black Country businesses are demonstrating how valuable the Midlands contribution is to keeping the country moving as well as continuing to push innovation in manufacturing and engineering.”

Ian Austin MP for Dudley North said: “I grew up in Dudley, I love the Black Country and I’m proud of it.

“Manufacturing is a really important part of the Black Country’s heritage but I want to show that hi-tech manufacturing, science and technology has a bright future in the region too. I want people in London to understand that we are bringing new industries and new jobs to the area to strengthen the local economy and boost prosperity.”

“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to organise this event in Parliament again this year, where our brilliant local producers and manufacturers can show off their work to MPs from across the country.”

Visitors on the day also saw a demonstration of HVM City: The Opportunity Gateway, a new online portal which allows companies to register tender opportunities as well as companies and individuals being able to access tender opportunities. The HVM City Platform, which will be directly aligned with the HS2 Procurement Portal, will enable inward investment opportunities, drive supply chain development and integration and support major contract delivery from start to finish.

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