Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, stresses importance of UK hardware manufacture to the UK economy
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has visited Nico Manufacturing’s production facility in Clacton, Essex.
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of hardware products for the window industry, the company supplies a range of UK made friction hinges, locking systems and ancillary devices for PVC-U, aluminium and timber windows.
Mr Osborne was visiting Clacton during the run up to the recent by-election, when previous Conservative MP Douglas Carswell subsequently won the seat for UKIP.
During his tour of the site, he was shown round by Gill Hagger, Nico’s Finance Director and Steve Dalton, Manufacturing Manager, and took time to visit every part of the business, including the R&D Department, tool room, production area and finishing plant.
The Tool Room, which designs and produces tools for all the Nico hardware, Mr Osborne took the opportunity to speak with two Nico apprentices, discussing their training programme and the opportunities that the Modern Apprenticeship scheme offers.
At the end of his tour, the Chancellor stressed the importance of retaining UK manufacture of hardware products, vital for the growing building and construction industries and how much manufacturing still contributes to the British economy. He also congratulated Nico in its role as serving the local community and its British made manufacturing of hardware products.
Caption Gill Hagger, Nico’s Finance Director, and Steve Dalton, Manufacturing Manager with Chancellor George Osborne at Nico’s manufacturing plant in Clacton, Essex.