The D2N2 LEP Manufacturing Advisory Panel met last week at SPE Swiftool Precision Engineering Ltd in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Alongside discussing a range of activity to support its maker SMEs, the Panel took time out to show their support for the Derby GBR bid and the significance this would have for the region – not just for Derby and the rail sector but also the wider manufacturing base.
Great British Railways (GBR) will be the new single public body responsible for running and transforming Britain’s railways. The aim of GBR is to create a simpler, better railway for everyone in Britain.
If successful, Derby’s bid to become the home of GBR would bring new jobs to the city, boost the local economy and support planned regeneration and future developments.
Frank Horsley, head of business and innovation at D2N2 LEP, said: “Manufacturing is at the heart of Derby’s industry and is an historically important sector for the region. The LEP, and the Manufacturing Advisory Panel fully support Derby’s bid to become the home of GBR – it’s a natural fit and we believe is would be an excellent choice.”