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MP visits leading manufacturing firm

January 10, 2017 10:07 AM

CroppersSouth Lakeland MP Tim Farron visited key local manufacturing firm James Cropper PLC on Friday to hear about the latest developments at the company and discuss the challenges facing the industry.

Tim met with the CEO and Group Finance Director of the company, and heard how James Cropper PLC continues to grow and develop, taking on even more staff and expanding operations into new areas in addition to their traditional paper business. Also on the agenda was the need for a British industrial strategy that supports the manufacturing industry, as well as the challenges that are faced post-Brexit.

Tim said: "It was fantastic to visit James Cropper once again and to hear about the exciting developments at the company, particularly as the firm expands into new markets. As the largest private sector employer in our area, the company's success is good news for all of us.

"James Cropper is a shining example of the best of British manufacturing, complementing their traditional paper business with the latest technology and innovation, and creating skilled local jobs and apprenticeships. As a country, it is vital that we support businesses and develop the skill base required so that other firms can follow James Cropper's example. I will also continue to push the government to ensure that any post-Brexit deal does not harm the ability of businesses such as James Cropper to trade with the EU."