Some leading employers from the UK engineering and motorsport industry were taken to meet key members of the British Parliament recently during Motorsport in Parliament day, which the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) used to try and outline to the Government how the world-beating UK industries are providing jobs and investment opportunities.

The MIA wants, rather than funding, for the Government to help access business from diverse UK sectors, helping to increase employment and new investment. A selection off meetings took place, with groups meeting a range of high profile ministers, select committee chairs, shadow ministers and MP's, including:

Ian Lucas MP – Shadow Minister for Business Innovation & Skills

Rt Hon Peter Hain MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Adrian Bailey MP – Chair of the Business Innovation & Skills Select Committee;

Mike Penning MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads & Motoring) Department for Transport;

Andrew Miller MP – Chair of the Science & Technology Select Committee

MIA CEO Chris Aylett said:“Government needs to be more aware of our potential to create new jobs and bring economic benefit to the UK at this critical time. The real value to the UK of our high-performance engineering cluster is being overlooked, at a time when jobs are so much in demand. Our sector is crying out to recruit more good people to meet increasing global demand.”

The two panels were led by MIA Honorary President, Lord Drayson of Kensington and Alistair Fergusson, Chairman of the MIA. Lord Drayson commented: “The day was a tremendous success. As well as providing an opportunity for the industry to explain to Parliamentarians the significant contribution that high performance engineering and motorsport businesses bring to the UK economy, it allowed us to explore the potential for increasing economic and employment growth in wider industrial sectors, such as aerospace, defence and clean energy. The response from MPs and Peers was very positive and we look forward to working together on a number of policy initiatives to make this happen in future.” 

Alistair Fergusson added: “This was undoubtedly the best Parliament Day to date. I was particularly encouraged to discover a much improved appreciation of the immense value of our industry to the UK economy and a resulting willingness to take action to support and develop it.”

The Motorsport in Parliament Day was followed by the MIA’s Summer Reception, which took place in the House of Lords, with over 350 guests attending, including MIA members, industry leaders, Peers, Ministers of State, Ambassadors and MP.s