Mark Fletcher MP toured Blachford UK's manufacturing operations with MD Jason Lippitt
Mark Fletcher MP toured Blachford UK's manufacturing operations with MD Jason Lippitt

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MP praises ‘innovative and brilliant’ Derbyshire manufacturer

Bolsover MP Mark Fletcher has praised a Chesterfield manufacturer for its resilience and hard work amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit.

Mr Fletcher, who is campaigning to bring more jobs to Bolsover, made his comments while visiting the Canadian-owned manufacturer, Blachford UK recently.

Since resuming production post lockdown, the company has created more than 20 brand new full-time roles at its Holmewood site thanks to a booming order book.

Commenting on the visit to the company which designs and manufacturers acoustic insulation products for industrial vehicles, Mr Fletcher said: “It was fantastic to visit such an innovative and brilliant manufacturer based in the heart of Bolsover and a real pleasure to meet so many of their team and to understand how passionate they are about their work. Blachford pride themselves on the quality of their products which makes them global leaders in their industry. To have them here is a source of pride to our communities and our constituency.”

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford UK commented: “I am delighted that Mr Fletcher was able to find time in his busy schedule to visit us. We were really keen to show him first-hand that it is not all doom and gloom in the UK right now. There are challenges, but I believe we should face these head on and with positivity. Our parent company fully supports us and sees its UK arm as being central to delivering solutions across Europe.”

Following a tour of the business, where he met members of Blachford UK’s 120-strong workforce, Mr Fletcher planted a Canadian Maple tree in the grounds of the company. The tree recognises the company’s Canadian ownership and the continued support it has shown the business since its acquisition.

Formerly TMAT, Blachford Acoustics Group acquired the Holmewood-based business in 2014 from former owner and current Managing Director Jason Lippitt.

The acquisition of the business enabled Blachford to provide common, coordinated solutions in both North America and Europe. The business was rebranded to Blachford UK in 2017.

Serving Bolsover since 2019, Conservative MP Mr Fletcher defeated the long-serving Dennis Skinner, who had been the Labour MP for the constituency since the 1970 election. During the 2016 referendum, Mr Fletcher voted to leave the European Union. He is passionate about the opportunities that Brexit provides and also for unlocking the untapped economic potential of Britain, particularly in the Midlands and the North; a desire Mr Lippitt also shares.

Jason added: “We have a strong business here in Derbyshire. Our expertise and products are world-leading and in demand. There are many other companies like Blachford who are doing well, however we just hear the disaster stories right now. We need to move forward, celebrate success and send the message to Europe and the world that Britain’s manufacturing sector is in business and doing well and will continue to do well regardless of Brexit or the pandemic.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Anna Melton .

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