The government is considering extra funding for advanced manufacturing in Solihull and Greater Birmingham, following a question in the House of Commons from local MP Lorely Burt.
Wave 2 City Deals qualify for government money to support Advanced Manufacturing Growth Hubs. However, Wave 1 City Deals like the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership do not.
Mrs Burt asked Cabinet Office Minister of State Greg Clark to review this unequal situation in a question in the House of Commons. He agreed to do so, calling the West Midlands a 'big opportunity' and promising to 'take her representations on board' while negotiating City Deals over the next few weeks.
Mrs Burt said, "As I said in the House of Commons, our area is the advanced manufacturing capital of the UK. It would be crazy to leave us out of any support for advanced manufacturing and I am pleased the minister agreed to look at this again."
Andy Street, Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said, "Lorely Burt has aired an important subject as far as the LEP is concerned. We are determined to establish the 'growth hub' and therefore any commitment she can win from the minister is extremely welcome."