Antoinette Sandbach MP visits Rowlinson Timber operation in Wardle
Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, has visited the TTF Member Rowlinson Timber and Packaging operations in Wardle, Cheshire.
Ms Sandbach MP was welcomed to the site by Richard Smith, MD of Rowlinson Timber Ltd, John Williams, MD of Rowlinson Packaging and Charles Firth, MD of Rowlinson Garden Products.The visit enabled an open discussion on some key issues experienced by local businesses in Cheshire. In particular the discussion focussed on the campaign for better broadband and phone services in rural areas, the biomass subsidies strategy and the Government apprenticeship training scheme.
Ms Sandbach MP was also given a tour of the extensive Rowlinson facility in Wardle employing around 250 workers. The 50 acre site allows the manufacturing and storing of a full range of timber products including softwood carcassing, structural beams, high quality wooden packaging, pallets and garden buildings.
“We are glad to welcome our local MP here. We have never had this opportunity before and we are grateful to the Timber Trade Federation for this“, said John Williams, MD of Rowlinson Packaging. “Finally we were able to put some of our problems and issues to our representative in Westminster and we are confident that something will be done.”
Ms Sandbach MP was impressed with the manufacturing capability of the operation and proud of the contribution it gives to Eddisbury area economy. “It’s great to see a British company using British products operating in my constituency”, she said. “Timber is a key concern for the UK economy and we need to make sure it continues to be included in Westminster agenda“, she added.
Early this month, Ms Sandbach MP agreed to join the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries aiming to promote the use of timber UK wide but also support local timber related companies. Promoted by the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), the new APPG has cross-party support with more than 40 parliamentarians including MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Northern Irish parties.
David Hopkins, TTF Managing Director said: “It’s great to see MP’s taking a more active interest in our sector and I would like to thank Antoinette Sandbach MP for this visit. The timber industries form a very valuable and vital supply chain in the UK. We will be doing a lot more work this year through the CTI and the APPG to promote our members and raise their concerns with national policy makers.”