Regular readers will recall that in a recent column I wrote about the importance of manufacturing to our area. As I said, it's just not the case that Britain 'doesn't make things anymore'. In our area, we do make goods for both domestic use and export.
That's one of the reasons why I will vote to stay in Europe. We need to protect our access to that huge market, and the negotiating clout that the EU has with other large economies like China and the USA.
Last Friday I assisted the Mayor in opening the new site for DT&G Limited which has relocated to Bromborough from Birkenhead. DT&G Engineering supply and manufacture chocolate coating and polishing technologies and the business has a proud 50 year history.
The company, now based in south Wirral, exports its manufactured products to a global reach including countries such as the USA and India. It was a pleasure to meet the people involved with the business including Frank Finn whose inventiveness and hard work in developing new technology made the company a success. Also in attendance were representatives from the Wirral Chamber of Commerce including Chief Executive Paula Basnett. They do a lot to support business growth locally and it was good to catch up with them at this event.
I wish the company’s Managing Director Lyn Pitt and her team the best of luck at their new home in Bromborough and I warmly welcome this established and successful business to add to the strong manufacturing base that exists there.
For my part, I met with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke a fortnight ago to discuss the issue of business rates, which hit manufacturing and small business hard.
We met at the Treasury where I pressed him on the impact of business rates on small business in Merseyside, the impact of business rates on manufacturing in Merseyside and the timetable for the government's review.
It was important to relay the concerns businesses in my constituency have about the rates system. I have met businesses who do great work but are struggling with how things are with the tax they are paying on their business currently.
The Chancellor is calling the amount that multinationals are finally offering to pay a ‘great success’. I want to show the Government that while this is a small step in the right direction, it doesn’t help the dozens of local traders that are just keeping their businesses open.