Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, has visited Rowlinson’s operations in Wardle, Cheshire.
Sandbach was welcomed to the site by Richard Smith, managing director of Rowlinson Timber Ltd, John Williams, managing director of Rowlinson Packaging and Charles Firth, managing director of Rowlinson Garden Products.
The visit enabled an open discussion on some key issues experienced by local businesses in Cheshire, such as the biomass subsidies strategy and the Government apprenticeship training scheme.
She was also given a tour of the Rowlinson facility in Wardle employing around 250 workers. The 50 acre site allows the manufacturing and storing of a full range of timber products including softwood carcassing, structural beams, high quality wooden packaging, pallets and garden buildings.
“It’s great to see a British company using British products operating in my constituency”, Sandbach said. “Timber is a key concern for the UK economy and we need to make sure it continues to be included in Westminster agenda.
Early this month, Sandbach agreed to join the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries aiming to promote the use of timber UK wide but also support local timber related companies. Promoted by the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), the new APPG has cross-party support with more than 40 parliamentarians including MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Northern Irish parties.
David Hopkins, managing director of the Timber Trade Federation said: “It’s great to see MP’s taking a more active interest in our sector. The timber industries form a very valuable and vital supply chain in the UK. We will be doing a lot more work this year through the CTI and the APPG to promote our members and raise their concerns with national policy makers.”