Local Northants MPs Reach Out To Tesla

Silverstone Technology Cluster

7th June 2021

Following press reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been in England possibly scouting locations for a future manufacturing plant, former Secretary of State for Business the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom and Northampton South MP, Andrew Lewer have written to the Tesla boss, asking him to consider Northamptonshire as the ideal location for any new plant.

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom said, “Northamptonshire, at the centre of motorsport valley is a global force in high performance engineering. We have the talent, the infrastructure and the cutting-edge research architecture in high end manufacturing and battery technology that makes Northamptonshire a very attractive proposition for global leaders like Tesla.”

She continued, “ Motorsport Valley has around 4,300 companies that employs 41,000 people. It spends almost twice as much of its turnover on research and development than the pharmaceutical industry, in places like the Silverstone Technology Cluster in my constituency. Forward thinking and innovative automotive and mobility businesses would come here to benefit enormously by being so near such a powerhouse of research and high-end engineering capability.”

The two MPs are joining forces to keep a close eye on investment and business opportunities for the area, with one clear message of: Northamptonshire is open for business.

Andrew Lewer, the MP for Northampton South said, “ We highlighted in our letter, the strengths of Northamptonshire strategic location at the heart of the UK strategic logistics and supply chain with Northamptonshire and the South East Midlands central to one of the most significant UK government regional investment programmes, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, which will turbo charge our area’s R&D, science, technology and performance engineering capability on a global platform over the next decade. I am fully behind the Oxford Cambridge Arc programme with SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) and the new West Northants Council to make Northamptonshire and the region the best place in Britain for businesses like Tesla to locate.”

To view a copy of the letter, click here.

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