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MK Electric tackles MPs over sustainability and UK manufacturing

MK Electric has been tackling local and not-so-local politicians over the challenges facing UK-based manufacturers; as well as raising awareness of the employment and sustainability benefits presented by companies with UK factories. MK is the UK’s leading manufacturer of electrical accessories for the building industry, and employs around 450 people between its Basildon HQ and Southend-on-Sea factory; plus another 430 at its plant in St Asaph, Clwyd and other UK sites.

The latest dignitary to meet the company – hosted by Marketing Director Phil Daniell and Engineering Director James Chorlton – was Third Sector Minister Angela Smith, MP for Basildon and East Thurrock. MK took the opportunity to press Angela about concerns about the lack of legislation supporting energy efficient and energy saving products in the UK; while impressing her with the company’s commitment to maintaining its manufacturing in the UK. “Angela appreciates the need for jobs in British factories; and also recognises that if sustainable development is to become an everyday reality, sourcing local products for local markets is a must”, comments Phil.

“Apart from the obvious importance to the economy of keeping jobs local, the nation’s carbon reduction targets can only be met through national measures – like reducing the reliance on ‘heavy footprint’ imports or legislating in favour of more energy efficient products. We believe the key future questions for construction and development – where all of our products end up – will be who made it; where was it made; what is it made of; what is it packaged in, and what will happen to it at the end of its life? MK can give the right answer to all of those, with confidence, every time”.

Angela’s visit followed that of David Amess, MP for Southend West, to MK’s Southend factory in September; while Managing Director Mike Southgate also had the opportunity to discuss MK’s employment and sustainable credentials home to Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at a renewables conference in St Asaph in July.