For manufacturing businesses, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire couldn’t be better placed. We’re the place that bridges the manufacturing heartlands of the North West and the Midlands, which means we’re right in the middle of industrial supply-chains that are leading the growth and renaissance of UK manufacturing.
Jaguar Land Rover is the latest in a long line of major engineering businesses like JCB, Michelin and General Electric that have enjoyed manufacturing success by making Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire their home. We have thousands of companies that are making the most of the growing opportunities in automotive, aerospace, rail, energy, medical devices, ceramics, food and drink sectors.
In terms of potential workforce, we can offer the equivalent labour pool as competitor locations in Manchester and Birmingham, but at a lower cost. In terms of engineering skills, Staffordshire University has one of the largest faculties in the UK with 3,600 students and specialist courses relevant to the needs of advanced manufacturing.
The supply-chain opportunities, skills base, connections and cost advantages of setting up a factory in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are clear. Industrial rents are between a quarter and a third less than in Birmingham and Manchester and wage costs are less than competitor locations.
We understand the importance of research and development and with our partners in universities and business, we are working to make Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire a world centre for advanced materials. Whether it’s the latest innovations at any of our 300 ceramics companies or new materials being used for low carbon vehicles, this is a location that supports the future of advanced manufacturing.
"Over a third of our UK workforce is based in Stafford, serving both local and international markets. Stafford has been our home for over a hundred years and with the on-going support of the community we are proud to continue this strong relationship. Our decision to deploy a AL40 million investment programme was hugely assisted by the award of AL4 million RGF support from UK Government."− Steve Burgin, Regional Vice-President, Northern & Central Europe, Alstom UK