The Government is urging business to help set the priorities for a modern industrial strategy after ministers visited Yorkshire.
Lord Prior of Brampton attended the launch of a new headquarters for Metalysis on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham while others visited Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds.
The regional engagement follows the launch of the Government’s green paper, ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’, in January which outlined 10 pillars of focus to be discussed as part of a 12-week consultation period. The pillars cover a broad range of themes including skills, infrastructure, affordable energy and clean growth.
Following that it has issued an open invitation to industries, businesses and local groups in Yorkshire to visit the gov.uk website and help set the priorities for a modern industrial strategy. The consultation period has two weeks remaining, closing on April 17, after which the Government will consider responses before publishing a white paper later in the year.
Lord Prior said: “In the new industrial strategy we are going to support Metalysis and areas like South Yorkshire. It has all the ingredients, including a fantastic tradition and expertise from the University of Sheffield, strong civic institutions, great entrepreneurs and access to long term capital and computer science skills. The world is your oyster.”
Business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “A modern British industrial strategy must build on our strengths as a country and extend excellence into the future, closing the gap between the UK’s most productive companies, industries, places and people.
“Through our modern industrial strategy and Northern Powerhouse investment we are going to build on Yorkshire’s unique strengths.”
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