Business Minister Mark Prisk MP visited bathroom manufacturer Armitage Shanks as part of a tour of West Midlands businesses.
Prisk’s tour began at the main manufacturing site in Rugeley where he discussed recent investments, current issues and the ceramic industry with Armitage Shanks’ management before touring the factory.
He said: “I find it extremely valuable to meet with businesses and local enterprise partnerships and hear about the different challenges they are facing and their ideas about how we can work together to stimulate growth.
“Manufacturing businesses across the West Midlands have been leading the way in grasping opportunities to innovate, export and grow as the economy recovers from the recent recession. By listening directly to business this Government is better able to tackle the barriers and red tape that frustrate businesses.”
Tony Herbert, Ideal Standards’ operations director EMEA said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mark Prisk to Rugeley today. Rugeley is a very important site for Armitage Shanks and produces the bulk of our UK sales. We’ve recently made significant investments in the warehouse and the manufacturing and are very proud to present our latest pressure casting technology to the minister today.”
Over half of Ideal Standard’s 1,200 UK employees are employed at the Armitage site in Rugeley.