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The Independent Garage Association welcomes government initiatives

The IGA welcomes the comprehensive reform package aimed at strengthening small businesses, noting that concerns previously expressed to MP Robert Halfron, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships, and Higher Education, had been addressed in the recent announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The IGA also welcomed the government’s commitment to fostering apprenticeships and reducing regulatory burdens, recognising the significant positive impact these measures will have on the automotive sector.

The IGA stated that the pledge of a £60 million investment to facilitate up to 20,000 additional apprenticeships, coupled with the commitment to fully fund apprenticeships in small businesses, represents a significant boost for the trade; helping small businesses to cultivate a skilled workforce, ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector.

Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive, stated: “We applaud the Prime Minister’s proactive approach to supporting small businesses and enhancing apprenticeship opportunities. We are very pleased that the government have listened to the feedback. This initiative demonstrates a clear understanding of the vital role that small businesses, including independent garages, play in driving economic growth and fostering innovation.”

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