South East MEP Peter Skinner joined councillors and Andrew Pakes on Saturday for a visit on Wolverton based rail maintenance company, RailCare.
Railcare is one of the leading maintenance companies in the rail industry providing incident repair and overhaul services. Despite the downturn, growth in the rail sector has helped keep business on track for the company. Railcare are based on the old site of the Wolverton Rail Works which can trace its roots back to the 1860s. The group were met by RailCare Finance Director, Richard Smith.
Europe MP Peter Skinner is a member of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee and is involved in the new Horizon2020 project. Horizon 2020 is an EU led initiative which provides funding for innovation and research, potentially helping small and medium sized enterprises, and encourages partnership building with larger organisations. Peter’s visit to Milton Keynes is part of his on-going work to meet businesses across the South East.
Mr Skinner said: “I was delighted to visit RailCare on Saturday and see the positive role they are playing in the community - through the provision of jobs and their support for apprenticeships. It is a real example of how business can assist a local economy and encourage growth.
“Given the current economic climate and high levels of unemployment, businesses like this should be supported to continue growing and promoting job creation. This is exactly the type of enterprise that could potentially benefit from EU Horizon 2020 project.’
Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Spokesperson for Milton Keynes said: “It was great to welcome Peter to Wolverton and to see the range of services that Railcare provide on the site. We have a proud rail heritage in Milton Keynes and it was great to see that we can use this connection to create new jobs for the future. I was impressed by the Railcare operation, in particular their commitment to supporting local apprenticeships and working with the college.”