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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Talks at Carlisle Pirelli factory on how best to spend Government cash

Export chiefs have met at Carlisle’s Pirelli factory as the company weighs up how best to use a Government cash injection it received last year.

The tyre giant’s Cumbrian plant was given cash through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to develop new products.

Investigations are still ongoing about how best to spend the money.

Last Friday, a high-powered delegation, including Vic Annells, Britain’s Consul General in Milan and the head of UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) in Italy, were given a tour of the plant where they were told about its research capabilities.

Also on the trip were John Kell and Ian Readman, of UKTI, and Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

The group had earlier attended a joint chamber and UKTI export event.

They were shown round the Dalston Road factory by Dominic Sandivasci, Pirelli UK’s managing director, Paolo Battistini, industrial director, Allan Wilson, engineering manager, Rodolfo Morandin, director of HR and Paul Heaton, technical manager.

A Pirelli spokeswoman said: “The trip was designed as an overview of our facility to gain an understanding of the research capabilities and activities, particularly in relation to the RGF and what impact this will have.”

Pirelli was told last November that its bid to the RGF had been successful.

The fund was set up by the Coalition Government to provide cash to help businesses grow and regenerate the areas in which they operate.

Energy Coast West Cumbria, which is responsible for west Cumbria’s regeneration and economic development, received £5.5m from the fund, which it said should bring hundreds of new jobs. Pirelli applied for the money to develop and manufacture less carbon-intensive tyres at its Carlisle plant.

The firm has not revealed how much it was getting or if any jobs would be created.

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