Manufacturing is crucial for employment prospects

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The aerospace industry has had a long association with Burnley and is crucial to the future growth of the local economy.

News that Aircelle is to receive a £4.6m government grant to become a centre of national excellence really underlines the spirit of innovation and enterprise that can be found across our manufacturing sector.

Our dependence on manufacturing for providing well-paid, highly-skilled skilled employment has never been greater and it is good to hear the endeavours of firms such as Aircelle are being recognised on a national stage.