HONDA: Offers of practical support to be coordinated by council taskforce

By Ben Fitzgerald - 22 February 2019

CommunityPolitics

A taskforce has been set up to coordinate offers of practical support from local businesses and individuals in the wake of Honda's Swindon factory closure.

The group, co-chaired by the Business Secretary Greg Clark, council leader David Renard and the Chair of Swindon Local Enterprise Partnership John Mortimer has set out its priorities in a joint statement.

The first priority would be to make the case to Honda that investment in vehicles of the future is best done in Swindon.

If this should fail, it will try to support the estimated 3,500 affected Honda workers along with others employed in the supply chain by bringing together offers of support - which should be sent to support@swindon.gov.uk 

Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity, said: “I have been impressed by the generosity and spirit shown by the Swindon and wider community this week, offering practical help and support to everyone affected by Honda’s announcement.

“We must respect that Honda needs to go through a formal process of consulting its workforce in Swindon before any final decisions are taken. This will take time to do.

“As part of the work of the Swindon Taskforce, we would ask for any further kind offers of support be sent to support@swindon.gov.uk, so we can coordinate and follow-up as and when appropriate.”

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