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Stockholder raises steel sector’s concerns during MP’s visit

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Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South has visited Barrett Steel, a company based in her constituency which is the UK’s largest steel stockholder.

During her visit, Mrs Cummins engaged in discussions with Barrett Steel and British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) personnel on critical issues affecting the steel sector.

The primary topics covered included, the recent developments involving Tata Steel and British Steel’s plans to transition to Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) production.

Challenges with assessing finance, particularly when it comes to investments in decarbonisation technologies were raised, while Barrett Steel and the BCSA both highlighted the impact that high energy demands have on steel businesses.

Despite governmental mandates for decarbonisation, Mrs Cummins was informed that there is a lack of adequate technology, particularly with implementing EV into heavy goods vehicles and equipment.

Workforce recruitment remains challenging and discussions also covered the difficulties the industry has in finding suitable personnel.

Barrett Steel Chief Operating Officer Guy Barrett, said: “It was great to welcome Mrs Cummins to our factory and introduce her to some of our workers who continue to deliver a fantastic service for several sectors across the UK.”

“During the visit, she showed an interest in understanding our challenges and opportunities. It’s essential to collaborate with policymakers to create an environment conducive to the growth of our industry.”

BCSA CEO Jonathan Clemens, added: “We had a valuable discussion, and it’s heartening to see policymakers like Mrs Cummins taking an active interest.

“The constructional steelwork sector plays a vital role in our economy, and collaborative efforts are crucial to address the challenges and unlock its potential for growth.”

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