Following the launch of the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy, Rachel has pressed the Government to ensure Redditch is boosted by the ambitious plans.

As part of the Government’s long-term plan to boost productivity and earning power for people across the country, earlier this month the Government and the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, launched the first of the local Industrial Strategies.

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy builds on the region’s core strengths, including sectors like automotive and life sciences, and aims to create new opportunities for people and businesses.

This Strategy sets out how the West Midlands will work in partnership with Government to deliver on a range of commitments, including:

  • Delivering on the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to be at the forefront of the development of cleaner, safer, easier and more reliable future modes of transport.
  • Playing a leading role in the UK’s trials of connected autonomous vehicles, with the West Midlands aiming to deploy the first fully operational connected autonomous vehicles in advance of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Driving investment into electric vehicle manufacturing in the region, completing the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and maximising the impact of the Faraday Battery Challenge.
  • Putting the West Midlands at the heart of transport innovation in the UK by delivering the UK’s first large-scale G testbed.
  • Helping meet the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge by supporting the development of a West Midlands Translational Medicine and Med-Tech commission to accelerate the ‘lab to patient’ ecosystem.

And to ensure the strategy benefits Redditch as much as possible, last week Rachel met with the Minister for Business & Industry, Andrew Stephenson.

Following her meeting with the Minister for Business & Industry, Rachel said:

“I want Redditch to benefit from future growth here in the West Midlands, and the region’s Industrial Strategy is key to making this happen. The Industrial Strategy isn’t just about big cities and big urban areas like Birmingham and Coventry, it’s also important that smaller towns like Redditch benefit too.

“During my meeting with the Minister, we discussed how we can up skill Redditch and increase investment, particularly with HS2 being built and the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022.

“It’s also important that local universities work together with towns like Redditch to ensure the right mix of skills in the local population. This will provide residents with the opportunity to train for the jobs of the future.

“The West Midlands is at the heart of manufacturing, including Redditch. We have companies such as Mettis Aerospace which are second to none.“Growth is good and the future is bright for our town. We must ensure Redditch remains at the heart of manufacturing, but also reaps the benefit of future technologies which will power our economy.”