A message from Martin Booth, CKMA Chairman, at the start of 2021
This has been a monumental year for many owners and their businesses. It’s also been a frenetic year for CKMA. There is not a week gone by when the CKMA views have not been sought on the key issues affecting the region’s many diverse businesses sectors. The Alliance has been involved with Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council and the LEP in formulating local policies as well as providing feedback from our members to Government through local MPs and the business, unit and policy makers within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
When we heard that KITS centre in Brighouse had arranged an auction of all the equipment, having closed its doors as a training centre, CKMA stepped in and was instrumental in getting the auction stopped therefore buying time to assess future options.
We started 2020 with three words in mind: Brexit, Skills and Cashflow. We start 2021 with the same three words and the same uncertainty. In these turbulent times we must not lose sight of the fact that the UK is still one of the Top 10 biggest manufacturing nations. The Northern Powerhouse region contributes massively to the UK output and manufacturing is still very much alive in West Yorkshire with many of our members very busy – though there are obviously challenges.
This year devolution comes to West Yorkshire with the election in May of the region’s first Mayor. Devolution promises to be a game-changer, unlocking significant new funding and powers and meaning that more of the decisions that have a major impact will be taken here.
To continue representing your views we need your support both in letting us know what your business needs and the impact of changes as well as financial support through your continued membership.
With my best wishes for a healthy and successful 2021
Martin Booth, Chairman of CKMA