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I was lucky enough today to have a walk round the Swift Group factory at Cottingham near Hull.

This is a substantial operation manufacturing motorhomes, caravans and park homes with a workforce in excess of 700 and with two further manufacturing plants in the area. It is an impressive and modern facility producing one of the widest ranges of products under some of the best known brand names in the industry.

As a long standing automotive industry person myself, UK governments have not always valued and encouraged our very substantial manufacturing base and if nothing else the recession has changed all that as it gradually dawned on the coalition government just how important it is. A visit to Swift by any government minister would demonstrate jobs, investment and innovation on a big scale – something the government wants to see more of and which Swift delivers day after day.

A thoroughly enjoyable and impressive experience!!

Christopher Macgowan
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