I was delighted to welcome Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on a visit of his to Grimsby and Cleethorpes recently back in March. We met at Blackrow Group’s industrial headquarters, who provide engineering services to many of the surrounding industries. This was a suitable visit for our discussions, which involved the value of local people being trained in the practical skills that companies like Blackrow Group specialise in.
We also discussed the importance of the newly launched super-deduction scheme for manufacturing companies. This scheme forms part of the Chancellor’s 2021 budget and involves firms having their tax bill reduced over the next two years by 130% when they invest.
I’ve talked previously about how refreshing and reassuring it is to see the government recognise the importance of Grimsby as a hub for skills training and renewable industries and the impact that this town is having on a national scale, which the Chancellor is fully supportive of.