News - 20 July 2018

Second Rolls Royce Action Group gets underway

The second Rolls Royce Action Group meeting was held today (July 20th), led by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Derby City Council.

The Rolls Royce Action Group was formed last month (June) after the announcement that Rolls-Royce was expected to restructure the company, with an estimated 4,600 jobs expecting to be cut globally over the next two years. The Rolls Royce Action Group has been coordinating the local response to the restructuring programme with representatives from a number of organisations, including Government departments, unions, city and county Councils and Rolls-Royce itself.  

D2N2 is the LEP for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area, and works with businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary sector organisations, with the aim of growing and supporting the D2N2 economy.

The D2N2 LEP is leading the Rolls Royce Action Group, which is continuing its efforts to bring together resources and support to ensure that staff in Derby who will be affected by Rolls Royce’s restructuring will be supported as this progresses. Rolls-Royce is in the process of fully assessing the restructure and has been working closely with employees throughout the process.

Matthew Wheatley, D2N2’s interim Chief Executive, said: “Retaining the talent and contribution of these highly skilled employees and other contractors will be vitally important. We will be working with R-R, the Chamber  of Commerce and other business organisations to help local firms who may have vacancies or plan to recruit over the coming months to have access to this skilled talent pool’

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader at Derby City Council added: “Rolls-Royce is our biggest employer and this company makes a huge contribution to the East Midlands and UK economy.  The company employs highly skilled staff and contractors and this Council will do whatever we can to ensure these people are retained locally.  We will ensure they receive the best possible advice and support and we look forward to the close cooperation of managers at Rolls-Royce.”

Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce and D2N2 Board Member added: “Rolls-Royce is committed to supporting the work of the Action Group and appreciates the engagement from the wide range of partners involved.  We will continue to work with the group to maximise the chances of those leaving Rolls-Royce finding suitable alternative employment in the region.”

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