Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, is calling on local businesses to get in involved in ‘Manufacturing Excellence 2012’, a UK-wide awards programme which identifies and celebrates outstanding UK manufacturing.
Manufacturing Excellence from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers offers £20,000 worth of free consultancy to all manufacturing businesses that enter.
“Manufacturing industry has been our lifeblood on Teesside but lately it has been hit hard by the global recession and now by weak policy from the Coalition Government. Cancelling big public sector projects like the Building Schools for the Future programme hasn’t helped.
“The manufacturing sector are begging the Government to develop a stronger strategy for growth in the UK and to move away from the over reliance on the financial and services sector.
“It is therefore good to see the Manufacturing Excellence Awards recognising how important the industry is to the UK economy and I would encourage local firms to apply for awards potentially up to £20,000 in free consultancy advice. After being overlooked by the Tory-led Government for the Green Investment Bank Headquarters, in favour of Edinburgh, this money could be a huge boost for Teesside businesses.”