Tamworth's Member of Parliament, Christopher Pincher, spoke in the House of Commons recently at Business Questions. Mr Pincher took the opportunity to seek clarification from Mr Javid over the work he has done to promote regional growth and create a midlands engine.
The Business Secretary responded 'I was delighted to help launch the midlands engine prospectus in December, setting out our programme of action to deliver our long-term economic plan, which aims to add an extra £34 billion to the midlands economy by 2030.'
In response to Mr Javid's answer, Mr Pincher used his supplementary question to say:
'I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his commitment. Excellent universities, a history of manufacturing and some world-class businesses make the midlands a great place to set up a business, but those businesses need to export more. Will he say what he is doing to help businesses—particularly manufacturing businesses, such as Invotec in my constituency—to do better business abroad?'
Mr Javid replied:
'In my hon. Friend's constituency, UK Trade & Investment has provided support for some 250 businesses in the past years, including for companies such as Invotec, which have been given support to help export to India, Russia, Japan and other places. He will know that my noble Friend Lord Maude made a statement in the other place last week, which talked about the new whole-of-government approach to exports. My hon. Friend may also be interested to know that, later this year, I will lead the first-ever midlands business trade delegation overseas.'
Afterwards Mr Pincher said:
"It is good news that ministers are committed to beating the drum for British businesses abroad. We need more exporters to improve our balance of payments and find new markets for our goods and services. At the same time, we need the barriers and costs to them doing better business to be cut. I will continue to push ministers toward this goal."
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