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April 13, 2005

UK: Welsh suppliers to MG Rover get hotline help number

Welsh car component companies who supply MG Rover will have their own Task Force Hotline from noon on Wednesday 13 April.

Welsh car component companies who supply MG Rover will have their own Task Force Hotline from noon on Wednesday 13 April.

The Welsh Automotive Task Force has rolled into action to help an estimated 20 firms in Wales who believe 600 jobs could be hit by the car maker being put into administration, and the hotline number is 01443 845811.

The Task Force led by the Welsh Automotive Forum will begin by identifying all the affected firms, the extent to which they are hit and precisely what they need in the way of support.

The firms are now expected to be able to claim some of the £40 Million grant announced last week by the Department of Trade and Industry to support and assist firms. They will be able to register their details with the WDA and have a business review carried out.

Further funds may be available in Wales through a variety of schemes covering training, marketing and other areas and the Task Force will be looking into this as well as the situation facing 19 MG Rover car dealers and staff in Wales who have an uncertain future.

Suppliers to MG Rover and garages who sell the models are invited to a meeting of the Task Force at the Waterton Technology Centre, Bridgend at 3pm Thursday. They will be able to discuss their situation and get up to date advice and help from the Task Force, Welsh Assembly Government, Welsh Development Agency, Jobcentres and Elwa.

After a meeting of the Welsh Automotive Task Force, WAF chief executive Tim Williams said, “It was a very productive first meeting for the Task Force because we have created a hotline for companies to use for assistance advice, we have agreed the outline of a support package, will provide consultants to help firms and arranged a meeting to give affected companies an opportunity to tell us what they need.”

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