Fellowship Type, Sector based Fellowships | January 2017

Lord Watts visits BASF Pest Control Widnes Site

On Friday 27 January, Lord Watts kick-started his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* programme with a visit to the BASF Pest Control site in Cheshire. His Fellowship programme focuses on the implications of Brexit on UK industry, particularly looking at how Brexit will affect UK exports.

After an introduction to BASF, Lord Watts was given a tour of the site which is a Centre of Excellence for Pest Control where rodenticides are manufactured and packed. The site was reopened in 2009 and brought together technical resources, products and skills from BASF and Sorex. This is one of two BASF sites in the UK which produces pest control products; the other, a biopesticides site is located in Littlehampton.

During the day, Lord Watts met with the site manager Mark Downing, BASF Director, Dr Geoff Mackey and a number of employees on the site to discuss the business and the challenges facing their customers and stakeholders.

The visit followed a meeting with BASF plc Managing Director Richard Carter and Public affairs manager Andy Mayer earlier this week when some of the wider strategic issues surrounding exports, Brexit, and the chemicals industry were discussed.

During the visit Lord Watts was able to gain insight how BASF works, challenges it faces, different parts of the business, and areas it operates.

Commenting on the visit Lord Watts said:

‘I am grateful for the opportunity the IPT has given me, in particular looking at exports within the manufacturing sector. I would also like to thank BASF for the understanding and insight into their business and I look forward to further visits with the IPT in the near future.”

Dr Geoff Mackey, Sustainability Communications Director Europe added:

“It was a pleasure to host Lord Watts at the Widnes site. We hope he enjoyed the site tour and meeting some of our sector experts, particularly the open and frank discussions around how some of the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit could affect our trading and business in the future. We greatly appreciate the work that the IPT does in forming strong links between Parliamentarians and businesses and look forward to hosting Parliamentarians in the future.”

Notes to Editor:

*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.