South Suffolk Taskforce

The South Suffolk Taskforce was established following the announcement of the closure of the Delphi site in Sudbury to look at the local economy in its entirety, in addition to the Delphi situation specifically. The first two sessions of the Taskforce included a stakeholder visit to the site, and then a follow up meeting to discuss the future of the site and the staff. In early May we will be having an additional meeting at Delphi to receive an update from the firm and reports from the stakeholder’s about the actions that have been taken in relation to the site. This is not about instant and short-term results, but the future of this strategically important site in Sudbury’s economic makeup.

As the local MP, I have met with members of the Delphi workforce, and discussed the closure with the Delphi leadership team, the Business Minister Claire Perry, and officials from the Department for International Trade. All of these conversations are ongoing. Ultimately, the purpose of the Taskforce is to look at the long-term competitiveness of Sudbury and South Suffolk as a whole, so that whatever ultimately happens at Delphi, we have done everything that we can to secure our young people’s future.

The wider purpose of the South Suffolk Taskforce is to focus on the economy of South Suffolk including industries such as retail, tourism, manufacturing and industrial businesses. 

News

Delphi Update December 2018

I will be speaking to Look East this evening about Delphi but by way of a further update, I wanted to clarify the position, given that negotiations on the future of the plant appear to be climaxing.

Hadleigh Taskforce meeting

Interesting & useful South Suffolk Taskforce forum in Hadleigh’s historic Guildroom opposite their poppy-adorned church.

Delphi Update

This morning I was pleased to update the Sudbury business forum about recent progress in relation to the Delphi site.

South Suffolk Taskforce Business Forum

In the wake of the announcement that the Delphi plant in Sudbury would be closing, I convened the South Suffolk Taskforce to look at how we could make our local economy as competitive and prosperous as possible. 

Update from South Suffolk Taskforce

On Friday morning I chaired a session of the South Suffolk Taskforce in Sudbury Town Hall on the Sudbury Delphi site which is scheduled to close in 2020.