After her visit to the National Composite Centre outside Bristol, Clare said 'It was brilliant to see the vision that the Labour government had to ensure investment in developing high value manufacturing become a reality, with the help of EU funding.'
The National Composite Centre enables companies to develop products using high tech carbon fibre from the research stage to Technology Readiness Level. The last Labour Government sponsored the Hauser Report that concluded that the UK should have a greater investment in high value manufacturing, developing catapult centres that fill the gap between research based in our universities and companies being able to ensure that a product is safe and a viable investment.
The centre was supported by £9million of European money and was the result of a bid put forward by the South West Regional Development Agency. These agencies which were disbanded by the present government, had the resources and strategic vision to ensure that significant investment could be channelled into the regions.