"Building Our Industrial Strategy"
09 Feb 2017
Prime Minister, Theresa May and Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced that the development of a modern industrial strategy is a critical part of the Governments plan for a post-Brexit Britain.
A green paper was published in January (closing on April 17th) and the BSSA has attended a meeting of the UK Metals Council which has now begun a formal consideration of the proposals and set about preparing a response on behalf of the metals sector. The paper sets out key areas for action which include:
- Developing skills – building a new system of technical education
- Investing in science, research and innovation
- Upgrading infrastructure
- Supporting businesses to start and grow – access to finance, right conditions for long term investment
- Improving Government procurement – enabling the development of UK supply chains
The metals sector has a strong voice, with 230,000 direct employees and a further 750,000 jobs supported across the UK economy. It recruits over 10,000 graduates, apprentices and technicians every year. Progress in the areas mentioned above is hugely important to the companies involved in the sector and is long overdue. Representatives of BSSA companies have for some time been working on these issues – if you wish to know more about this subject, or wish to contribute to the discussion or the related project work, please call Paul Barker on 0114 292 2638.
- BSSA members will continue to receive updates as things progress and new announcements are made.