Latest News | 21 May 2020

Derby’s pledge to stand with Rolls-Royce

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Civic leaders in Derby have described the announcement of job losses at Bondholder Rolls-Royce as heart-breaking for the workers, the company and the city and have pledged to do all it can to stand with those affected.

Bondholder Derby City Council is already in talks with Rolls-Royce management, unions, local MPs and the Government about ways of helping those who will lose their livelihoods and on steps to safeguard remaining jobs at the firm and amongst its suppliers.

The company says it needs to shed 9,000 jobs worldwide because of the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the aerospace sector and, though it has not yet specified where the redundancies will take place, Derby – as headquarters of the firm’s civil aerospace division – is expected to be hard hit.

City Council leader Chris Poulter commented: “Rolls-Royce is one of the UK’s great companies. It has provided jobs and generated export wealth for the UK for decades. Its people are the best in the world at what they do.

“This crisis was not of their making and could not have been predicted. It is vital that, locally and nationally, every possible step is taken to support them and to protect a company that remains such a strategically important UK asset.”

Councillor Poulter said the city as a whole would feel the pain of the announcement. But he said Derby was determined to battle back from the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on its economy.

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It has already launched the Derby Economic Recovery Task Force, drawing expertise from both the public and private sectors, including many Bondholders, to understand the businesses, sectors and investments most likely to be hardest hit by the pandemic and identify ways of mitigating those effects.

It is aiding the work of other agencies on short-term interventions, such as identifying opportunities for local contract sourcing.

It will renew Derby’s city centre master plan, taking into account new commercial realities and changed priorities, to ensure the city is well-placed to benefit from the economic bounce-back.

And it will identify opportunities for financial assistance and press Derby’s investment case.

The Task Force is concentrating on three phases of economic recovery:

  1. Restart – helping the city get back to work;

  2. Revival – helping to boost confidence and demand;

  3. Renewal – making strategic changes that will help produce a more resilient local economy and a more environmentally sustainable city.

Workstreams have been set up to consider business adaptation support, transport adaptation, sector-specific support networks, city centre transformation and demand stimulus.

“We have a proud history of innovation stretching back over 300 years – we invented the factory; we are the spiritual home of the railway; we are a world-leader in aviation and we are determined to play a major role in re-shaping cities in a post-crisis world” said Councillor Poulter.


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