Thursday, 9 April 2020
Chamber welcomes BEIS letter to manufacturers
Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has written an open letter to manufacturers across the UK thanking them for their efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
The letter paid tribute to the work that manufacturing companies are doing to keep the economy going. It also made clear the Government’s position that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing, provided it is safe to do so, under current coronavirus lockdown rules.
Commenting, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said:
“Manufacturing provides the backbone of the British economy.
“It’s crucial that it’s allowed to continue wherever possible during the current crisis, to ensure that vital supplies continue to be made and distributed to our emergency services, businesses and the people in our communities that need them the most.
“This is not just about essential supplies for the NHS. The aerospace, chemical, automotive, steel, aluminium, pharmaceutical, food and drink and FMCG sectors, among others, all play an important role in ensuring we have access to the items we rely on every day. Without them, the economy will grind to a halt.
“People’s safety is, of course, paramount but it’s important that wherever possible, while observing Government guidance about social distancing, this vital industry is allowed to carry on working to ensure the economy keeps moving and can recover quickly from the temporary shocks that Covid-19 has caused.”