Tom Keighley

Cameron and Clegg visit RGF manufacturer

David Cameron and Nick Clegg visited technology solutions provider e2v to see the impacts of UK Regional Growth Fund on the UK’s manufacturing and technology sectors.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister toured e2v’s ProWave facility, which is benefiting from £6m RGF grant.

ProWave uses industrial scale microwave technology to reduce energy usage and increase yields in the processing of bulk materials across a range of industries.

e2v export approximately 70% of its UK output, and have operational centres in the US and Europe.

Keith Attwood, CEO of e2v, said “The RGF funding has made a significant contribution to our ability to accelerate investment and create jobs for our ProWave business, both within e2v and with our partners and suppliers.

“I hope that showing Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg where this money is being spent will demonstrate that the UK is getting a good return on the investment.

“This country has a proud history of successful manufacturing and technological innovation, which, through the efforts of companies like e2v, is alive and thriving and contributing to economic recovery.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “This has been a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the people in jobs created by Regional Growth Fund money and see the hi-tech kit that e2v have been able to invest in thanks to it.

“All in all 336 new jobs will be created at e2v and across its supply chain. Working with companies like e2v to create jobs and grow their business like this is key to our recovery.

“For too long the UK economy has been too focused on the City of London. The Regional Growth Fund is helping companies across the country to grow their businesses and create jobs.”

The pair met, and spoke with employees, including some of e2v’s latest intake of apprentices and graduates working across the firm’s range of high precision products and services.

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