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Industrial Strategy - Metals Sector

30 Jun 2015









Individuals from metals companies across the UK have been working hard alongside Metals Forum (of which the BSSA is a member) and the Department for Business Innovations and Skills on developing an Industrial Strategy for the Metals Sector. They formed work-stream teams covering the following key areas:


  • Education Training & Skills
  • Supply Chain Integration & Partnerships
  • Innovation & R&D
  • Sustainability
  • Communications and Promotion (Co-chaired by the BSSA and the Nickel Institute)


The results of their efforts have now been incorporated into a Foundation Document which has been delivered to Sajid Javid MP, the in-coming Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. Comprising a 70 page report with 80 pages of appendices, it sets out to develop a long term working partnership with Government, where the fundamental importance of the Metals Sector to the wider UK economy is recognised and opportunities for growth and development maximised. 


The following metals consuming sectors of the UK economy have already established strategies with Government and are working on delivering their key objectives:


  • Oil & Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Construction
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Offshore wind


.. and several others are now in the process of developing them.


The next step will be to finalise the Public Report which will be a much shorter document capable of being used to market the strategy to key audiences. It will crystallise the actions, targets, recommendations and commitments from the Foundation Report. Following that, we shall move into the delivery phase of our work and this will start with the formation of a UK Metals Council headed by senior personnel from key Metals Sector businesses. Very soon we shall have more detail on this development.


As the GOV.UK website states:


Through industrial strategy, the whole of government is working in partnership with industry to set the long term direction needed to give business the confidence to invest. We aim to create more opportunities, skilled jobs and to make the UK more competitive so British businesses can thrive and compete with rising economies.


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