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Manufacturing Industries: Devon

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government is taking to support the manufacturing sector in South Devon. (282633)

The Government continue to help industry in south Devon, and in other parts of the south-west. We are supporting manufacturing with programmes such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). In 2008-09, MAS South West helped 1,410 SME manufacturing companies. Across the region these interventions have generated cost savings and increased business worth over £19 million; £4.6 million of which is in Devon. Also, over the last 12 months (July 2008 to June 2009), Business Link SW has provided advice and support to over 600 manufacturing businesses in the South Devon area.

The south-west regional development agency continues to deliver specific support to the industry in the south-west through its regional cluster and sector bodies, as well as through Business Link.

Commitments in the 2008 manufacturing strategy and more recent action to address cash flow, credit and investment needs are helping small and medium-sized businesses in the current downturn.