Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute has visited 10 Downing Street to attend meetings with senior policy makers to voice the needs of the manufacturing sector and North East industry.

Chris McDonald, who is the innovation lead on the UK Metals Council, met with Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clarke MP, Iain Wright MP, Chair of the BEIS Select Committee and James Wharton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development. He also met the Prime Minister’s policy team at 10 Downing Street.

The meetings, organised by the CBI, provided an opportunity for fact-finding about the Government’s emerging industrial strategy and an opportunity to influence developing policy.

Chris McDonald said: “In unusual global, political times, it is vital that the UK has a strategy, which responds to the needs of industry, and keeps businesses innovative and competitive in international markets.

“I am grateful to the CBI for arranging the opportunity for me to raise and discuss a range of issues with senior figures, to ensure that the North East region remains on the radar as plans are drawn up for infrastructural and industrial development. This is particularly important as we approach the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – an opportunity for the new Government to outline its plans for development of foundation industries.”