| October 2017

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy Explores Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent HQ

Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford and member of the Exiting the EU Select Committee visited Michelin’s UK head office and commercial headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 5 October  as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* exploring industry needs post-Brexit. 

Employing over 800 people at the site in Stoke-on-Trent, Michelin UK has been operating in this part of the UK since 1927. In the last twelve months Michelin’s headquarters have received a £10 million investment followed by the creation of a new 53,500 square metre European Distribution Centre. This investment has helped create100 new logistics and customer service jobs in the local area. 

During the visit Jeremy met with Mike Cole, Head of Public Affairs, and Mike Lawton, Head of Communications where he was given an overview of the Stoke-on-Trent operations and also shown how an additional investment of £25 million, over eight years has made this site one of the most modern tyre retreading plants in the world. 

Whilst at the site, Jeremy was given a tour of the Stoke plant, where he met with Jonathan Wright, Stoke factory Manager and a number of other Michelin employees. The visit also gave Jeremy the chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges Michelin will face during this Brexit period.

Jeremy’s IPT Fellowship is helping him to gain a greater understanding of industry’s needs in exiting the EU in order to aide his role on Exiting the EU Select Committee.

Commenting on the visit Jeremy Lefroy MP said: 

“I was delighted to meet with Michelin today. It was great to see first-hand the operations and investment that has taken place at the factory. You can really see the difference as to how Michelin can compete in an extremely tough market, in particular as we leave the EU. I would like to thank the IPT and Michelin for organising such an insightful visit. It is important now more than ever to ensure we have a clear understanding of businesses’ needs as we leave the EU.” 

Mike Cole, Head of Public Affairs UK & North Europe added:

“It was a pleasure to be able to show Jeremy our manufacturing facility here in Stoke. It was great to discuss not only our company heritage, but also what we are doing to ensure that we continue to be a success by innovating, modernising and adopting new technologies, even during this uncertain period.”


Notes to Editors

*IPT Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.

About the IPT
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The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) is a registered charity dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between Parliament, business, industry and commerce for the public benefit. This is achieved by encouraging dialogue between legislators and wealth generators from all sectors of business. The IPT is independent, non-partisan and non-lobbying.
Fellowships are bespoke placements in industry for MPs, MEPs and peers structured around a set of learning objectives dictated by each parliamentarian at the beginning of their programme. Fellowships are non-lobbying, non-partisan and educational in ethos and are supported across Parliament. There are currently over 70 parliamentarians undertaking a Fellowship. There have been over 500 Fellows since the IPT was founded in 1977.