Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter has visited South West Metal Finishing, a leading provider of surface coatings to aerospace and other industries.
The company, which employs 150 people at its Marsh Barton plant in Exeter, invited him as their local MP to lobby for additional funding for Sharing in Growth. South West Metal Finishing were selected for Sharing in Growth in 2015 to grow the business and since then have secured £5 million in contracts.
Additionally, the company’s leadership team wanted to voice concerns over the potentially detrimental impact to aerospace manufacturing from Brexit. In particular, they explained that uncertainty over REACH legislation post Brexit could be damaging to South West Metal Finishing as a special processing company.
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is a European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.
Said finance director Jackie Jacobs: “He sat with us in our visual management room where we were able to show him our new company timeline so that he could see the heritage of the company and we could demonstrate the growth activities we are engaging in with Sharing in Growth.
“He was extremely supportive of our concerns, very much on the side of business and I believe impressed with the work we had been doing with Sharing in Growth. It was a good relationship building exercise and I think he came away more aware of the jobs created by companies like ours and the risks and potential damage that could be caused to our business through political uncertainty and change.”
Said Sharing in Growth operations executive Malcolm James: “I’m delighted that South West Metal Finishing is getting involved in explaining business concerns to their local MP. Politicians are busy but are usually prepared to listen to their constituents. I’d encourage all our beneficiaries to invite MPs to visit. We should be genuinely proud of our achievements and be prepared to ask for help to keep hard won growth and valuable job security on track.”