Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined local manufacturers to gather views on boosting skills, training and cutting edge business.
The Labour MP, who is also the Shadow Business Minister, visited top robotics firm CNC Robotics, in Aintree. Touring the factory floor, Bill Esterson MP said,
"We have an outstanding local network of innovative, high-tech small businesses right here in Sefton and just round the corner from where I live. CNC is a great example of this, building robots for international car manufacturers, aerospace and even the Olympic Games. CNC and companies like them hold some of the keys to securing the high-skill, high-wage economy,
jobs and prosperity which we all need. I would like to thank the management at CNC Robotics for inviting me to visit and wish them well as they develop the business.
"We have a problem here in the UK. We have weak productivity, and we the only developed country where since 2010, living standards for people in work have fallen while the economy has grown. The answer lies in an industrial strategy that focuses on what firms like CNC need: investment in skills, and support for high-tech research and development. Supporting smaller, innovative companies properly would mean a more prosperous local economy. It would open up exciting, well-paid career paths for young people.
"These companies are held back because the government does not invest enough in research & development. It does not support industry-standard apprenticeships. The UK's 5.4 million smaller businesses face real problems over access to finance, and access to skills.
"This is about securing a high-skill, high-wage economy in which businesses and the workforce prosper. To achieve this we need industry-standard apprenticeships, and better access to those apprenticeship schemes for smaller businesses. Labour has already committed to boosting research and development investment to 3% of GDP, and the government must commit to this now.
"There is a huge opportunity on the horizon for Sefton this year. With the first-ever elected Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, we can pursue an industrial strategy of our own. Labour candidate Steve Rotheram is already planning major reforms around apprenticeships and cutting-edge technology, and I am delighted to work alongside him to make it a reality."
In the picture with Bill Esterson MP, Jason Barker, Chris Edwards and Madina Baker CNC Robotics Ltd
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined local manufacturers to gather views on boosting skills, training and cutting edge business. The Labour MP, who is also the Shadow...