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BLOG- Question to Business Minister – re Auto Windscreens

BLOG- Question to Business Minister - re Auto Windscreens

As the luck of the draw would have it, today it was the turn of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIZ) to attend the parliamentary chamber to answer questions from members on their portfolios.

I was glad to be called by the Speaker under the Topical questions section, to ask a question on any area of the department’s work, and I asked the Business Minister, Mark Prisk about the apparent lack of a co-ordinated approach from government to supporting the work of the administrators, Deloitte, to find a buyer for Auto Windscreens.

Whilst I appreciate that the department can’t just go around showering struggling firms with money, I had been asking, all week, for the business department to make contact with the administrators to see if there was any potential help that could be given by government to ensure that the business survives.

I am frustrated that this has not happened yet, or that, as I saw it, the co-ordinated approach previously in place under a Labour government, that worked through the Regional Development Agencies was not being replicated now.

The Minister accused me of being ‘churlish’ for stating my dissatisfaction with the efforts of government, but I am very desperate that the jobs at Auto Windscreens be saved and felt frustrated that more wasn’t being done to help them.

I have spoken regularly to the administrator who is working hard to ensure that there will still be an Auto Windscreens, and though the time pressure is critical, I remain hopeful that there can be a future for Auto Windscreens.

4 Responses to “BLOG- Question to Business Minister – re Auto Windscreens”

  1. Vivien Elder says:

    Thanks for all your continued efforts – i’m sure I speak on behalf of all at AW we really do appretiate the time you are putting in to save our jobs.

    Thanks Again

    Vivien

  2. Michelle Briddon says:

    Thanks Toby keep up the good work.

  3. Katie Spelman says:

    Thank you so much for everything you are trying to do to save our jobs, it is very morale boosting to know that people are fighting our corner.

  4. rachel says:

    it is looking ever so doubtful now 🙁
    i am a wife of a windscreen tech in the NW area and its so unfair this ‘limbo’ state.
    fingers crossed they have 6 days left!!

    rachel

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