Vince Cable today
visited SSI Teesside and announced the award of £1.4 million from
the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) which will help create and protect
The blast furnace was relit last month, just over a year after
SSI purchased Teesside Cast Products (TCP) from Tata Steel and
over two years after it was mothballed.
The funding is one of the biggest RGF projects to date with a
total cost of £7.325m, part funded with Regional Growth Fund grant
of £1.425m, enabling the company to update the skills of longer
term employees and train new staff.
This has helped re-establish a fully functioning plant for
the production of slab steel, capable of producing 3.6m tonnes a
year, with the potential to increase production to 4.2m tonnes a
year. With due diligence and the terms of the conditions now met
the money has been awarded.
Speaking at a visit to the Redcar steel plant Vince Cable said:
"Boosting British manufacturing is central to this
Government’s mission to create long term growth, that is balanced
between sectors and regions of the UK.
"For too long the British economy has relied
exclusively on the City of London, ignoring places like Teesside.
I want to see regions of the UK like the North East, which were
once the workshops of Britain get back to their glory days.
"I have great pleasure in visiting SSI today and to
witness first hand the return of steel production to the North
East. The restart of the plant is fantastic news for the region as
it will have a major impact on local growth and prosperity,
creating around 8,000 jobs.
"SSI and its workforce have done an incredible job
over the last year to get the plant up and running again and to
expand production capacity."
Phil Dryden Chief Executive of SSI UK said:
“We have been pleased to welcome the Secretary of State to
SSI UK, especially as it follows on from the successful resumption
of iron and steel making at Teesside.
“SSI have spent around 1,000 million pounds to bring the
plant back in to operation which has secured 1800 direct jobs.
“Part of that investment relates to the major training
requirement which was necessary to start up the plant, and we were
very pleased to receive the £1.4m award from the RGF.”
Also today Lotte Chemical has been awarded £6.7 million from
RGF which will help to create 55 jobs as well as safeguarding an
additional 173 jobs.
The money has been used to construct a manufacturing plant on
the Lotte Chemical UK Limited (LCUK) site - part of the Wilton
International chemical complex, Teesside.
The facility will develop new resins for new applications
needed in the manufacture of bottles, containers and trays for use
in food packaging.
Notes to editors 1. The SSI Workforce Development Project
is one of the larger Round 1 RGF projects with a total cost of
£7.325m, part funded with Regional Growth Fund grant of £1.425m.
2. The project is to help implement the reestablishment of a
fully functioning plant for the production of slab steel on
Teesside, specifically the RGF will part fund the delivery of
training to enable the company to update skills of longer term
employees and train new employees.
3. Training has been delivered to 1700 employees in total, of
this 1000 new starters received more intensive training programme.
There will be 1800 employees on site within a few months.
4. The Regional Growth Fund is a £2.4 billion fund designed
to support businesses with projects that will create jobs in areas
dependent on the public sector and will be supported by private
sector investment. The £1 billion third round of the fund is open
to bids now. The deadline is noon on 13 June. More information can
be found at www.bis.gov.uk/rgf/
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