The plant in Oxford will create thousands of new jobs(Picture: Getty Images)
BMW has revealed it will undertake a multi-million-pound investment creating 4,000 jobs at its Oxford plant.
The plant is the largest and oldest of the three MINI plants across the UK, andcurrently employs 4,500 staff who build more than 1000 MINIs each day.
More than three million cars have been built in Oxford since it opened.
The German-headquartered manufacturer’s investment is to transform its existing plant and will secure 4,000 high-quality jobs, according to ministers.
Government sources declined to set out the level of taxpayer support being offered to BMW, but did not dispute the previously reported figure of £75 million.
Thousands of more jobs could be created at the factory in Oxford (Picture: Getty)
It is the largest BMW Plant in the UK and the oldest (Picture: Getty)
Rishi Sunak said the Government was securing jobs and growing the economy ‘by backing our car manufacturing industry’.
‘BMW’s investment is another shining example of how the UK is the best place to build cars of the future,’ the Prime Minister added.
The announcement is the latest boost for the British car industry, with figures last month suggesting production increased by almost a third last month compared to a year ago.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said it showed carmakers continued their recovery from recent difficulties, including global chip shortages.
Last week electric vehicle production also began at the Stellantis’s factory in Ellesmere Port after an £100 million investment, following doubts due to post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Vans such as the Vauxhall Combo Electric, Opel Combo Electric, Peugeot e-Partner, Citroen e-Berlingo and Fiat E-Doblo will be made at the Cheshire site.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said BMW’s investment was a ‘huge vote of confidence in this country as a global leader in electric vehicles’.
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