Deputy prime minister backs Cartwright jobs plan

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Cartwright, the Altrincham-based trailer builder, expects to create 300 new jobs using funds from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

The plan was unveiled by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg during a visit to the site.

The company received £1.9 million from the fund during its 60th anniversary last year, and invested a further £2.9 million itself, helping create the jobs, which will include 30 new apprenticeships being taken on every year for the next three years.

“It is great news that The Cartwright Group is using Regional Growth Fund cash to continue to expand its manufacturing lines, including building ambulances – a project that can create 300 jobs over the next three years and will see their business grow,” said Clegg.

“There are more people in work today than there were before the financial crisis, we are close to record levels – since 2010, we have helped to create over 1.2 million jobs in the private sector, including 82,000 here in the North West.”

Steven Cartwright, joint managing director of Cartwright, said: “The financial assistance we have received through the fund will help us with our plans to take the company to the next level, developing new products and services as well as creating the new jobs.

“However we would call upon Government to help our industry to attract more young people to consider a career in manufacturing, he added.

“We are proactive in finding youngsters for our apprenticeship scheme. It would be great if a more joined up approach through the schools, with the help of the government, was in place to help build the awareness of manufacturing as a serious career option.”

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