Manufacturing Technology Centre joins All Party Manufacturing Group
Date: Monday 9 March 2015
MTC represented on influential committee
The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry has become a member of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG). Joining the parliamentary group will give the MTC a valuable opportunity to shape manufacturing policy for the UK.
The group is a cross-party coalition of parliamentarians and manufacturing industry organisations which works to develop new industrial policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around manufacturing, communicate within Parliament the importance of a well-balanced productive economy, and help the manufacturing community better engage with the policy process.
With renewed political focus on the need to rebalance the economy and begin the “march of the makers” the APMG plays a key role in ensuring policies and programmes to support the manufacturing sector achieve consensus from all parties, and across industry.
The APMG holds regular events and seminars in Parliament and throughout the UK, publishes newsletters summarising manufacturing policy issues, industry news and other political developments, and produces briefing papers to present different perspectives on particular policy issues. Common subjects of discussion include skills, access to finance, procurement of innovation, supporting exports and energy policy.
The group also conducts longer term research into more complex or emerging industrial policy topics through cross-party inquiries. The group is co-chaired by Chris White MP (Con) and Barry Sheerman MP (Lab). As well as other parliamentary members from the Commons and the Lords, the group includes representatives from major manufacturers, manufacturing organisations, manufacturing and engineering institutions and trade unions.
Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Clive Hickman, who will represent the MTC on the all-party group said he was delighted to get the opportunity to promote manufacturing on such an influential group.
“The role of the MTC is to inspire British manufacturing, to deliver manufacturing system solutions and to influence and inform UK industrial strategies. Membership of the All-Party Manufacturing Group puts us in a prime position to deliver these objectives."