CABLE BACKS RESHORING OF JOBS AND SUPPLY CHAINS TO UK

Business Secretary Vince Cable today set out the latest steps the Government is taking to support “reshoring”, backing an encouraging trend of manufacturers bringing jobs and production back to the UK from low-cost countries in the East.

During a speech today at EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference, the Business Secretary welcomed EEF research showing that 1 in 6 companies reshored production in the last three years and announced the latest winners from a £245 million government supply chain fund which is helping to rebuild British manufacturing prowess.

Nine projects will receive £129 million of support – £53 million of government funding is leveraging in more than £75 million of private money. The projects will directly create 1,369 jobs and safeguard a further 2,525. At least 57 SMEs are involved in the successful consortia. A wide range of key sectors from the government’s industrial strategy are represented, including automotive, construction, information economy and life sciences.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“Britain is starting to win back business on the basis of hard headed business decisions based on quality and good performance. Through our industrial strategy the government is working in partnership with business to nurture these encouraging signs.

“Our backing for skills, apprenticeships, supply chains, innovation and new technologies are creating the right environment for business to invest here. The supply chain funding announced today is another practical example of intelligently targeted government support helping UK firms to keep ahead of the game.”

The 9 winners from round four of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) are:

* Clearview Traffic Group. Based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, the company is the market leader for intelligent solar powered road studs which offer ten times greater visibility of the road ahead than traditional ‘cat’s eyes’. With the support of a £4million AMSCI grant, Clearview Traffic are relocating manufacture of the product from overseas to Britain as part of a £6million project to streamline their supply chain, strengthen intellectual property and boost overseas sales. Working in partnership with two other British businesses, Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd and AEV Ltd, the project will lead to 49 jobs being re-shored and 37 existing UK jobs being safeguarded.

* GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). £11m of funding will go to a consortium of life sciences companies led by GSK for a £23m project to revolutionise the way the UK life sciences sector manufactures. The aim is to bring manufacture of pharmaceuticals into the twenty-first century with more personalised production, closer to patients and in response to need. 70 new jobs will be created, with 307 safeguarded and the potential for licensing the process overseas.

* Crown Packaging Limited. Based in Didcot and Wantage (Oxfordshire) the company will be receiving a grant of £1.9 million as part of a £3.8 million project they are leading with partners in West Yorkshire and Carlisle. This project will develop a new and innovative metal can manufacturing process, creating up to 32 permanent jobs and safeguarding 267 jobs.

* Computerised Information Technology Limited. Based in Milton Keynes the company will be receiving £2.3million as part of a £3.3million project they are leading to develop a new computer controlled system to detect defects in 3D objects. This process will prevent waste, reduce product recalls, save companies money on materials costs and energy use and reduce recarbon emissions. Upto 15 jobs will be created.

* Ceravision Limited. Based in Milton Keynes, the company is working with a range of partners to develop a supply chain for the production of high efficiency plasma lighting which consumes 50% less energy than existing high power lighting products. This is expected to create 93 news jobs. £6.2 million of government support is being invested as part of a £11.6 million project.

* Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This nationwide project will boost the international competitiveness of UK automotive suppliers focusing on boosting quality, cost, techhnology, innovation and leadership. £13.3 million of AMSCI funding is being invested as part of a £45.5 million project. The project will create up to 940 jobs and safeguard an existing 1682 jobs.

* Cosworth. Based in Northampton the company will be receiving £2.6 million as part of a £13.9 million project they are leading to create a cenre of excellence for research and development in the production of high performance engines. 80 permanent jobs will be created and 200 jobs safeguarded across the supply chain.

* SMS Electronics. Based in Nottingham the company is leading a project to create a new supply chain centre of excellence in Nottingham for on site sterilisation of medical equipment using low energy x-rays, creating up to 38 jobs. This is a £3.8 million project, including £3million of government support.

* Dennis Eagle Limited. This project will create a range of low emission and fuel efficient vehicles for waste collection. £8.5 million of government support is part of a £16.5 million project that is expected to create 52 jobs across the supply chain and safeguard a further 32.

Vince Cable also announced that Reshore UK is now operational. As announced by the Prime Minister recently in Davos, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are joining forces with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and partners in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for this new one-stop-shop service to help companies bring production back to the UK.

Reshore UK provides a matching and location service, access to advice and support, with a named individual to help each company. It is already generating interest from businesses across the UK and beyond.

Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow.

“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”
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“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”

Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military

"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"
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"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"

Being a member enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses

“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”

Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways
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“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways

We have a profound interest in the progress of the Town

“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”

Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber
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“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber

The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation

"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."

Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council
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"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council

The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester

"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."

Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council
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"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council

Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception

"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."

Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council
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"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council

Through our work with Bicester Vision we are able identify the development needs of the town

“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House, which was completed in 2016.  The growth of Bicester enables us, through our work with Bicester Vision, to identify the business, retail and leisure development needs of the town and to work closely with the business community to provide these.”

John Liggins, Managing Director, Ziran Land Limited
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“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House...”

Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate

"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."

Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK
2016-12-07T09:49:31+00:00
"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK