Pictured: From left to right: Dan Turner, Policy Officer – Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Smith, Managing Director – Lord Combustion, Adrian Bailey MP, and Corin Crane, Chief Executive – Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
Pictured: From left to right: Dan Turner, Policy Officer – Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Smith, Managing Director – Lord Combustion, Adrian Bailey MP, and Corin Crane, Chief Executive – Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

Skills, skills, and skills – or lack of them, was the message I took away from my recent visit to Oldbury based Lord Combustion Services.

In what was an extremely informative visit to this company, I met with Managing Director, Stuart Smith, along with Chamber Chief Executive, Corin Crane and Lobbying & Representation Officer Dan Turner, to discuss the issues that were effecting their business-ranging from skills, recruitment, company growth and development, to late payments, apprenticeships, T Levels, training and of course, Brexit.

I would like to thank Stuart, Corin and Dan and everyone based at Lord Combustion and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce for their time and trouble in making my visit so interesting and enjoyable. I fully agree with their calls for greater investment in engineering to enable to creation of a more skilled workforce to power our world leading industry in the Black Country. It is for this reason that I have been extremely active on the skills and training issues in the past, and I will continue to do all I can in Parliament to ensure that Lord Combustion’s calls are fully understood by the Government and action taken.

Lord Combustion Services were formed in 1982, and specialise in the service, maintenance, design & installation of commercial heating and hot water systems. They currently employ a total of 41 staff.

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