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Yorkshire MP recognises industry concerns during factory visit

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Left to right: Jonathan Sochart, Commercial Director NTS; Kevin Hollinrake MP;Jeanne Bianco, Managing Director NTS; Mike Mannion, Group Manufacturing Director Severfield; David Moore, BSCA CEO.

MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Holinrake, acknowledged steel sector concerns about retentions, training and public contracts when he visited the North Yorkshire facility of National Tube Stockholders (NTS).

During the visit, Mr Holinrake, who is also a minister in the department of business and trade, met with executives from NTS, Severfield and staff from the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA). They discussed the industry’s contribution to the UK economy and what steelwork companies are doing to generate more growth across the sector.

With retention clauses affecting the cash flow for firms across the steelwork sector, Mr Hollinrake was happy to engage on the issue. The allocation of publicly funded projects to UK-based firms was also discussed, along with concerns over the skill set of the future workforce.

Mr Hollinrake MP said: “The steel industry is a vital part of the UK economy and it was great to discuss with leaders from NTS and Severfield about how we can plan for more growth in the future.

“I’ve been continuing my work connecting local engineering businesses with apprentices and it’s clearly so important we source skilled workers from the local area for future projects for these firms.”

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