Think that ‘we don’t make things in Britain anymore’? When it comes to Wirral, that could not be more wrong. Which is why I had a great time visiting the Cereal Partners factory in Bromborough last Friday.
During my tour I met with staff and trade union representatives there and learnt about the production process. The factory is part of the global organisation which makes a range of breakfast cereals – cornflakes and beyond. In fact, they produce a huge amount of the breakfasts that are consumed in the Uk every day. Made in Britain, and eaten in Britain.
It is always good to meet local businesses and see first-hand the work that they do.
Not least because government policy has not always been friendly to manufacturing. The Tories have delayed a review of business rates that is crucial to small business and manufacturing alike. Every time a manufacturer invests in new technology, their rateable value, and therefore their tax bill, goes up. Compare that to big services companies who have seen multiple corporation tax cuts.
So I welcome the chance to talk about any concerns companies may have. This week I will be meeting with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke to discuss concerns about business rates system how these taxes are affecting businesses in our region.
Meanwhile, I and many others are showing their appreciation for trade unions during Heart Unions week this week.
Trade Unions are more important than ever but the Government is trying to undermine the unions with the Trade Union Bill.
Unions have been campaigning to defeat the Trade Union Bill and they have my full support. Trade unions are fundamental to the UK workforce who do crucial work for our country.
You can sign the Trades Union Congress petition to protect the right to strike here https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/david-cameron-don-t-threaten-the-right-to-strike.
Heart Trade Union Week is a chance to show your support for unions and speak up against the government’s assault on them.