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Statement on GE jobs announcement

Following today’s announcement by GE on future job losses, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:

This is devastating news, particularly as many of the UK GE jobs are based in Stafford. We will be working with the LEP, borough council and other partners to ensure we are doing all we can to support anyone affected.

We do not know the detail yet, other than this is part of a global strategy by the company and does not just affect the UK. GE has today reaffirmed its commitment to the UK and of course has recently completed its second new facility at Redhill Business Park. We believe as such it will continue to be one of our flagship companies.

In Staffordshire we have built up a reputation as a county where we are focusing on the creation of highly skilled jobs with engineering as one of our key sectors. We will now ensure anyone affected by job losses can make the most of opportunities that exist and are being created elsewhere.”