Comment by Hampshire County Council Leader on Ford plant closure in Southampton
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Following today's announcement by car maker Ford to close its Southampton Transit van plant, Councillor Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, commented:
"This is obviously a major blow and will have an impact well beyond the immediate area of the factory. The first priority will be to support the Ford workers to find alternative employment or even to start their own businesses. Hampshire County Council will be working with Southampton City Council and other local partners to mitigate the impact, and will be supporting the Solent LEP and others in pressing the case for Government help for the local economy. There will be a profound impact from the factory closure on both the economy and the community. As a council we are committed to supporting the local economy and always looking to improve Hampshire's standing in an increasingly competitive global market, to increase inward investment. Our aim is to support the necessary structures and conditions, for companies large and small to grow and prosper in Hampshire and create new jobs and opportunities for local people."