Commenting on last evening’s vote by MPs to press ahead with the Successor submarine programme, Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, says: “The vote for Successor is a vote for UK manufacturing’s future success - a critical message, particularly in light of the challenges our industry faces with the UK leaving the EU.
“The building and maintenance of these four submarines will support over 30,000 jobs in the UK and provide valuable long-term business opportunities for up to 1,000 supply chain firms across the UK. This project could also be a game-changer for the UK steel sector if mandatory steel policy guidance is adhered to and the use of British steel content is maximised.
“With so much to play for, it is clear that this programme demonstrates the type of strategic investment required if Britain is to achieve its ambition of being a major player on the global stage.”
Andy Collier, Director of NDI, says: “The Successor programme is a major national investment programme of a scale similar to HS2. It will ensure that Britain’s proud 115 year record of making submarines will continue, and this will support jobs and ensure we retain vital skills in our economy.
“Now that we have the green light, it’s critical that the wealth of opportunity is made open and accessible to firms of all sizes across the UK. Every effort must be made to ensure that manufacturers feel supported and enabled to bid for contracts and to become part of the defence supply chain. By doing this the UK can harness innovation and new technology from across the widest spectrum and this will only serve to strengthen the Successor programme and its positive economic impact.”
NDI and EEF’s briefing for Government on the Successor programme can be viewed here.