Welcoming Chancellor to Redhill Business Park

On Monday we welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond to the county for a visit of the new GE facilities at the county council-developed Redhill Business Park in Stafford.

The visit followed the Prime Minister’s launch of the UK’s Industrial Strategy which will look at ways the government can provide support to businesses, agreeing trade deals and encouraging innovation and skills development.

GE, who are Stafford’s biggest employer, are expanding their operations on the site as global HQ for High Voltage Direct Transmission which is great news for the area and a clear demonstration of Staffordshire’s position as a key contributor to the emerging strategy. We have already made great progress in recent years in what the Government has set out as its ten priorities – from upgrading infrastructure to developing research, innovation and skills.

Our investment in Redhill, the New Keele Deal and the advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hub which I have spoken about many times before are all great examples of this. By planning ahead, we have been able to provide the sites and contribute to the development of a skilled workforce for international companies such as GE. This in turn provides some great local opportunities for higher skilled, better paid jobs and at the same time enable the generation of affordable energy and cleaner growth.

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