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24th November 2017

Statement from Martin Swales, Solace spokesperson on Economic Prosperity and Housing, looking ahead to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

“Solace welcomes the Government’s announcement earlier this week to provide more R&D investment and transport infrastructure, both of which are critical components of supporting economic growth. However, as recent downgrading of productivity estimates show, there is still much to do, not least in reducing the economic disparities we see across the country.

The Industrial Strategy White Paper is due to be published on Monday 27 November, which will set out the Government’s approach to building a stronger and fairer economy. The White Paper will include four ‘Grand Challenges’, which will support the industries of artificial intelligence and the data economy, clean growth, healthy aging and the future of mobility.

I hope to see the key role that Local Government has to play in taking this critical strategy forward truly recognised in the White Paper, specifically; as leading and facilitating local growth and bringing together major partnerships between businesses, academia and skills bodies”.