Manufacturer meets Brexit minister

Thursday saw Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union Lord Bridges visit Leeds-based jukebox manufacturer Sound Leisure to discuss concerns and expectations surrounding Brexit.

The visit, part of the Government’s current consensus on the approach of negotiations and the UK’s future relationship with the EU, was arranged by Leeds Manufacturing Alliance in their continued support of firms on issues likely to affect them.

Speaking on behalf of LMA, Carolyn Townsley welcomed the visit, saying: “One of the aims of LMA is to bridge the gap between government and local manufacturers with the aim of bolstering globally competitive trade in the area. Thursday’s visit from Lord Bridges gave a local manufacturer the opportunity to share their experience and voice concerns around Brexit. The LMA welcomes visits like these and looks forward to continued discussions surrounding Brexit.”

Chris Black, Managing Director of Sound Leisure, gave Lord Bridges a tour of the family-run business, which is coming to the end of its most successful year to date. Much of Sound Leisure’s success comes from international trade, so Brexit negotiations will directly affect their future business and as such Chris and the team were keen to express their thoughts.

Speaking about the visit, Chris said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with Lord Bridges, not only for us to have the opportunity to discuss some of the potential concerns that we have as a major exporter to the EU, but also to discuss some of the possible benefits that would make a real difference to our manufacturing business moving forward.”