L-R: Nick Aston (profile production manager), Paul Hetherington, Mac Harwood (factory manager) and David Wright MP.
Pendock welcomes MP to Telford Factory
Published: 06 January, 2011
TELFORD: Telford MP David Wright visited Pendock, the building services’ manufacturing business, at its base in the town just before Christmas.
During the afternoon, hosted by managing director Paul Hetherington, the MP toured the plant and talked to staff on the factory floor. Pendock makes pre-formed plywood pipe and column casings and cubicles and washrooms. They help customers create more energy-efficient buildings by providing low carbon products, backed by technical advice and support.
The day was another in the BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme that takes MPs away from Westminster to gain first-hand insight and understanding of the supply chain. David Wright was one of the first batch of MPs the BMF wrote to last spring with its General Election manifesto.
Mr Wright was handed the BMF’s Plan B and heard arguments for adopting it as the way to create jobs and growth in a private enterprise-led recovery. The visit took place 2 months after the public spending cuts’ announcement - so Paul Hetherington and Pete Wainer (National Sales Manager) explained the consequences for manufacturers to Mr Wright.
Before being elected, David Wright worked for Sandwell Homes, a housing association in West Bromwich. The Labour MP also heard an industry view on the importance of buying locally - as money spent with local firms stays in local economies. The BMF believes elected leaders can support merchants by insisting contracts contain clauses on using apprentices – and for a minimum percentage of inputs to come from local suppliers.