Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, has welcomed the publishing of the Government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy White Paper which will help boost productivity and create more high-paying jobs.

The paper sets out a raft of measures that will help make sure businesses in Redditch can create high-quality, well paid jobs as part of the Government’s vision to build a Britain fit for the future.

Rachel has already seized the initiative and asked Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Jo Johnson, earlier this month to consider a bid from Redditch to set up new an Institute of Technology in the town. The Industrial Strategy published today has set out how the Government will be shortly launching a call for proposals to establish the first of these Institutes.

Rachel has already lobbied the Government on faster rush-hour train services between Redditch and Birmingham. The £4.9billion in extra funding for transport announced in the Industrial Strategy could be a potential funding source to improve rail services in Redditch.

Rachel said: “The publishing of yesterday’s Industrial Strategy sets out how this Conservative Government is building a Britain fit for the future.

“Included in the White Paper are long-term plans to make sure young people in Redditch have the skills they need to take the high-paid and high-skilled jobs of the future. We can make sure Redditch’s workforce has the skills they need by bidding to open an Institute of Technology in the town.

“We already have great transport links in the town, but faster services between Redditch and Birmingham will help to boost the town’s economy even further. With the £4.9billion up for grabs in the Industrial Strategy for transport I’ll be calling on the Government to help make this a reality.

“Small businesses are also at the heart of the Industrial Strategy and this Saturday I will by taking part in the fifth Small Business Saturday by visiting a number of businesses in the town to highlight the success of Redditch’s small businesses.”