Made in Brexit Britain! ‘Global turbulence making young Britons want UK produced goods’

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Brexit has offered British manufacturers the opportunity to attract younger generations and invest in local communities, according to Mr Edwards. The Ebac MD insisted the economic uncertainty facing the UK because of the departure from the European Union as well as the coronavirus sparked an interest in “made in Britain” products. Speaking at the Blue Collar Conservatism Conference 2020, Mr Edwards said: “We’re quite passionate as a workforce, customers are looking for ‘made in Britain’ items.

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“And I do think we’re getting the new generation, the younger generation now, with all the turbulence in the world, who are looking to purchase UK-manufactured products.

“The people in this part of the world have a lot of assets to offer and a lot of technical expertise, it just needs to be pushed and pushed, and pushed.

“The skill-set in the area is unbelievable, it’s just overlooked.”

Mr Edwards said the company, which returned its main manufacturing activities to the UK following the 2016 Brexit referendum, is committed to investing on training the local youth and foster their education to boost the economy across the community.

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He continued: “Obviously, we’re very passionate about developing the local employment.

“To that level the owner took it upon himself to put the business into a trust and the benefit to the workforce is that the business, in essence, cannot be sold.

“It gives security to the workforce, the other positive about Ebac is we don’t believe in temporary contracts – everyone who is employed here is on a full-time contact from day one.

“So we are actively investing in the local youth to be the future leaders of the business.”

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Mr Edwards made the comments as part of the five-day conference spearheaded by Tory MP Esther McVey.

The conference, in collaboration with the Daily Express, was designed in a bid to provide everyday voters in former red wall constituencies a voice.

Several members of Cabinet are scheduled to attend the conference to speak directly to the people about their main concerns at a time of deep uncertainty.

Frontbencher Gavin Williamson kickstared the conference on Monday as he insisted on the importance of education.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps followed suit denouncing Labour’s failure to deliver on their pledges to northern voters while hailing the new generation of Conservative MPs now serving northern regions of England.

Mr Shapps said: “The thing making the biggest difference is having new brilliant Tory MPs and Conservative representatives on the ground.

“Some of these seats have been promised stuff for so long, have always been Labour through and through, that’s why it was the red wall, and now they’ve got Conservative MPs who are actually out there doing things every day.

“People like Peter Gibson, people like Paul Howell, people like Richard Holden, I’m hearing from them every day.

“They’re just pushing and pushing and pushing.”

Tune in at 6.30pm tonight for the big Blue Collar Conservatism debate.

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