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  • APPRENTICESHIPS, CARBON FOOTPRINT AND INDUSTRY PROTECTIONS ON AGENDA AS LOCAL MP VISITS BCT IN HEATH

    Mel Stride

    BRITISH CERAMIC TILE in Heathfield, Bovey Tracey, received a visit from its local MP. BCT is the largest manufacturer of ceramic & glass tiles in the UK and has undergone a multi-million-pound investment over the past decade, now employing around 400 people. Chief Executive Tony Taylor and Dr Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation and Chair of the Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance, took Central Devon MP Mel Stride on a tour. Mr Stride heard about opportunities that the business offers for apprentices and that BCT is one of a number of UK manufacturers working with the British Ceramic Confederation and Government on the “Roadmap to 2050” initiative that outlines the industry’s plan to lower their carbon footprint.

    Also on the agenda was the issue of industry protections after Brexit, with MPs recently debating the importance of anti-dumping measures and the ability of the UK Trade Remedies Authority to establish a level playing field for imports.

    Dr Cohen explained:

    “In 2011, huge volumes of excessively cheap imports of ceramic tiles, giftware and tableware from China resulted in the EU imposing new import rules. This levelled the playing field and gave ceramic manufacturing in the UK a boost. Our Alliance members are keen to make a success of Brexit and we welcome that there will be an independent UK Trade Remedies Authority – we just want to make sure that free trade doesn’t become a free for all and for the UK to experience a damaging influx of unfairly cheap imports where others aren’t playing by the rules.”

    Mr Stride, who last visited BCT in 2011, added:

    “I was really encouraged to visit one of the biggest employers in my constituency and see how well they are doing. Dr Cohen was right to raise the issue of industry protections and there will certainly be anti-dumping measures within the Customs Bill that will set out our global trading relationships after Brexit and provide appropriate protections.”

    For more information about BCT visit www.britishceramictile.com.

    Photo: Rt Hon Mel Stride MP meeting with British Ceramic Tiles Chief Executive Tony Taylor and Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation and Chair of the Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance Dr Laura Cohen.







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