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The Prince of Wales backs "Best of British" manufacturing and engineering

Published on 21st January 2013

The Prince of Wales will say today that Britain should celebrate its success as the “standard bearer of quality manufacturing and engineering throughout the world.”

In a speech during a visit to Jaguar Land Rover’s production plant at Halewood on Merseyside, The Prince is expected to say that: “As a country, we are rightly proud of our industrial heritage, but we should also celebrate our continued success as the standard bearer of quality manufacturing and engineering throughout the world. From car production to quality shoe-making, from precision engineering to traditional craft-skills, Britain is truly a global leader.”

His Royal Highness is also likely to warn that we are in danger of relinquishing this reputation if we do not attract more young people into manufacturing and engineering in the future.

While at Jaguar Land Rover’s education centre, The Prince will talk to teachers, pupils and business leaders involved in raising awareness of manufacturing and related subjects amongst school children.

His Royal Highness will also launch “Industrial Cadets”, an important national initiative backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government to build awareness among young people of the opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

In addition, The Prince will explain that his charity Business in the Community, of which The Prince has been President since 1985, will be expanding its Business Class programme into 135 new areas in the UK thanks to new funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Business Class pairs businesses (including Jaguar Land Rover) with schools in some of the UK’s most deprived areas, allowing those schools to benefit from the help and expertise of specific businesses, such as employees mentoring pupils. The Prince’s visit to Jaguar Land Rover at Halewood will mark 50 years of production at the plant and will be the first of four visits by His Royal Highness to British manufacturing and engineering companies over the next two days.

Today (Monday) The Prince will also visit Harrison Rods in Liverpool, a small family-run company making carbon fibre fishing rods and ATG Access, an engineering company in Haydock near St Helens which designs and manufactures bollards and other road safety devices for use around the world. The company has over 4,000 traffic management and high security installations worldwide, including at Horse Guards Parade and Clarence House in London, the Australian High Commission in Malaysia, and the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. On Tuesday, The Prince will visit traditional shoemakers Crocket and Jones, a fifth generation family managed business based in Northampton since 1879 and employing 350 staff.

Notes for Editors

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover Limited (JLR) is a business built around two great British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover which both design, engineer and manufacture in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover is part of Tata Motors, India's largest automobile company.

Jaguar Cars, founded in Britain in 1922, is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury saloons and sports cars. Land Rover has been manufacturing 4x4s since 1948. Its British products have defined the segments in which they operate across the globe.

As the UK's largest automotive employer, JLR has a world-class team of over 24,000 people in the UK, plus 1,000 globally. In addition it supports 170,000 people through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy. In just two years Jaguar Land Rover has created more than 8,000 new jobs in the UK.

These jobs cover a range of disciplines in advanced research, in core engineering, in manufacturing and in other specialist areas. The company currently has nine vehicle lines, designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, which sell across more than 170 countries. JLR is the only volume manufacturer of premium/luxury vehicles in the UK.

Halewood Plant

Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood Plant covers 300 acres and employs more than 4,500 people, making it one of the largest private sector employers on Merseyside. Halewood houses a Body and Assembly Plant and builds two models the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Range Rover Evoque - on the same production line.

They are sold in over 170 global markets. More than 300,000 Land Rover Freelander 2 models have been built since January 2007, and over 150,000 Range Rover Evoques have been built since July 2011.

In 2011 Halewood doubled its workforce with the recruitment of 1,500 new employees. Over 1,300 of these have now completed their Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship. In the same year, Jaguar Land Rover also announced more than £2 billion worth of supply contracts for the Range Rover Evoque, awarded to more than 40 companies in the UK, many in the North West. Halewood is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.

The plant was built in 1962 by Ford Motor Company and produced its first car (Ford Anglia 105E) in March 1963. Halewood became a Jaguar plant from 2000 with the first Jaguar X-Type being produced in 2001 and later becoming a Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility with the first Land Rover Freelander 2 being built in 2006.

Business in the Community (BITC)

BITC is a business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice. It has a growing membership of over 850 companies with a combined workforce of 17.8 million employees. “Business Class” is a BITC initiative which seeks to partner successful businesses with schools which are attended by young people facing social disadvantage.

It is a Government-endorsed programme, which provides a systematic and proven framework for developing partnerships that are rooted in the needs of the school and underpinned by strategic support and collaborative action. Jaguar Land Rover and All Saints Secondary School, Knowsley officially became Business Class partners this month, although they have been working together for over ten years.

Across the UK, there are currently over 200 Business Class partnerships and BITC’s aim is to build 500 partnerships by 2015, positively impacting on the lives of over 75,000 young people.

Industrial Cadets

During a visit to Tata Steel on Teeside in 2010, The Prince of Wales expressed a hope that companies would engage more with young people to raise awareness of the industrial sector and its job opportunities.

As a result, Tata Steel launched a pilot project for twenty four 13-14 year olds from local schools in October 2011, under The Prince’s suggested name “Industrial Cadets”.

Today’s launch is a roll out of this project as a national initiative by the charity EDT, together with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Industrial Cadets seeks to raise aspirations for students aged 12-14 through building awareness of manufacturing industry in their local area.

At the same time they are developing personal skills that will be helpful in the workplace and are identifying future employment options. An advantage of Industrial Cadets is that in addition to the new initiatives, a wide range of existing business/education experiences can also be delivered under the umbrella of a high profile and ultimately well-known brand, with clear and well known benefits for the student, employer and school.

The Florrie

The Florence Institute for Boys (known locally as “The Florrie”), is a Grade II Listed building located in the dock-side area of South of Liverpool. It was built in 1889 by Bernard Hall, Alderman and former Mayor of Liverpool, in memory of his daughter Florence, and was opened officially as a boy’s club in 1890, making it the first purpose built building in Britain to be specifically constructed as a boy’s youth club.

For a hundred years the ‘Florrie’ served the working and unemployed youth of the dock-side area, until the 1980s. The building began to fall into disrepair, as well as suffering from vandalism, before a fire in 1999 destroyed the roof.

A community group started work in 2004 to redevelop the building and they eventually secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The building was fully restored in 2012.

The Prince of Wales has long championed the importance of heritage-led regeneration, ensuring that redundant historic buildings are rescued for the community, thereby acting as a catalyst for wider regeneration. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, of which The Prince is President, works to espouse these principles, giving redundant historic spaces a viable and long-term future.

Harrison Rods

Harrison Advanced Rods is a small family-owned company employing eight people specialising in high-quality carbon-fibre fishing rods. The company was started in 1989 by Dr. Stephen Harrison, a research biologist who had been building his own rods from a young age. The company is now the biggest supplier of blanks for a variety of fishing styles to the trade in the UK, as well as exporting a large number worldwide.

These rods are made entirely by hand with great skill by staff, from building the carbon fibre blank to varnishing the line guides.

ATG Access

ATG Access is Europe’s largest manufacturer of security bollards, traffic management systems and vehicle barriers. The company designs and manufacturers security products ranging from residential bollards to high-tech, anti-terrorist vehicle barrier systems and is currently exporting to over 40 countries worldwide.

ATG Access has achieved export sales of over £6 million, accounting for 40% of the company’s overall revenue this year. Most recently the company has secured a $6 million contract to supply the perimeter security surrounding the new International Airport in Doha, Qatar. ATG Access’s contract with Doha Airport will be delivered over a 2 year period and is the largest perimeter security contract known to date. This follows on from the Prime Minister’s Office in Malaysia, the Abu Dhabi Investment Centre, Changi Airport, Adelaide Airport, the Queens Palace in Holland, Abdarbo Building in New York, Federal Reserve Bank(s) USA and Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Its services are also used at many British Government buildings as well as Buckingham Palace and Clarence House. ATG Access provided the security bollards for the London 2012 Olympics, and hopes to capitalise on this success to win the contract for Rio 2016.

Middleport Pottery

Middleport is a purpose-built Victorian pottery and the last working Victorian pottery in the UK. It produces Burleigh which is world-renowned and made through a traditional process of underglaze hand-applied transfer printing and is one of the few potteries in the world still using this technique.

For some time, the pottery had been at serious risk of closure, which would have seen the loss of local jobs, skills and substantial buildings of historic significance would likely have been left to degenerate. The Prince of Wales personally drove forward the acquisition of Middleport, himself securing much-needed funding to allow his Charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), to save Middleport from closure in June 2011 and also ensuring that momentum was maintained during the acquisition.

The involvement of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, under the leadership of His Royal Highness, saved 50 jobs at the pottery, maintained the traditional manufacturing skills unique to Middleport and preserved the historic buildings, collection of approximately 19,000 moulds and machinery.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is acknowledged as the UK's leading heritage regeneration specialist, delivering successful projects to communities across the UK. PRT works to help underused or redundant historic buildings perform a new function, unlocking a regeneration of the wider community, particularly in areas of social or economic deprivation.

Crockett & Jones

Crockett & Jones was founded in 1879 in Northampton, where the company specialises in the manufacture of high quality Goodyear-welted footwear. The manufacture of high quality shoes remains very labour-intensive, requiring a highly skilled workforce to carry out more than 200 separate operations during an 8 week period.

Goodyear-Welted construction gives the shoes an exceptional degree of strength, durability and comfort in wear. This method originated by hand-makers centuries ago and gives the shoes an exceptional degree of strength, durability and comfort in wear. Crockett & Jones exports about 70% of the total production and the expansion of the retail division over the last fifteen years together with on-going development of worldwide distribution has led to the brand becoming internationally established.

As a 5th generation family managed business, Crockett & Jones is committed to maintaining the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship, quality and service which have been appreciated by their customers for more than 130 years.