3,200 high-skilled jobs in Scunthorpe, Skinningrove and on Teesside have been safeguarded by the completion of a deal to sell British Steel to leading Chinese steelmaker Jingye Group, the government has welcomed today.
The sale follows extensive discussions between the government, the Official Receiver, Special Managers, unions, suppliers and employees. It marks a critical step in securing a long-term, sustainable future for steelmaking in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East.
As part of the deal, Jingye Group has pledged to invest £1.2 billion over 10 years to modernise British Steel sites and boost energy efficiency.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
The sounds of these steelworks have long echoed throughout Yorkshire and Humber and the North East. Today, as British Steel takes its next steps under Jingye’s leadership, we can be sure these will ring out for decades to come.
I’d like to thank every British Steel employee in Scunthorpe, Skinningrove and on Teesside for their dedication and resilience which has kept the business thriving over the past year. Jingye’s pledge to invest £1.2 billion into the business is a welcome boost that will not just secure thousands of jobs, but ensure British Steel continues to prosper.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma visited British Steel’s Scunthorpe site today to meet the CEO of Jingye Group, Mr Li Huiming, CEO of British Steel, Ron Deelen, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Mr Liu Xiaoming and employees, union representatives, local MPs and stakeholders.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:
The sale of British Steel represents an important vote of confidence in the UK’s steel industry. It also marks the start of a new era for those regions that have built their livelihoods around industrial steel production.
I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has been involved in getting this deal over the line, in particular to British Steel’s workforce for whom I recognise the uncertainty will have been challenging.
I also want to reassure British Steel employees who may be facing redundancy that we are mobilising all available resources to give immediate on the ground support and advice to those affected.
British Steel has been used to build everything from sports stadiums to bridges, ocean liners and the Jodrell Bank space observatory.
The company entered into an insolvency process in May 2019 and following thorough negotiations, the Official Receiver and Special Managers from Ernst & Young (EY) have confirmed the complete sale of British Steel to Jingye Group – including the steelworks at Scunthorpe, mills at Skinningrove and on Teesside – as well as subsidiary businesses TSP Engineering and FN Steel.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the steelworkers’ trade union Community, said:
Today marks the start of a new chapter for British Steel. It has been a long and difficult journey to get to this point. In particular, this acquisition is a testament to all the efforts of the world class workforce, who even through the uncertainty, have broken production records. Today would also not have been possible without the government recognising the importance of steel as a key foundation industry. The decision to support the business through to new ownership is an example of positive industrial strategy at work. The government can build on this with more action to create the right environment for all our steel producers to thrive.
We look forward to working with Jingye as they bring forward their investment plans, which have the potential to transform the business and secure a sustainable future. Jingye are not just taking over a business, they are taking on thousands of workers and giving new hope to steel communities in Scunthorpe and Teesside. We know there is a lot more work to do, most importantly supporting those who have not secured employment with the new business.
For the 449 employees facing redundancy as part of the sale, the government’s Rapid Response Service and National Careers Service has been mobilised to give on the ground support and advice. This service will help those affected transition into other employment or take on new training opportunities.
The government continues to provide support to the steel industry – including more than £300 million relief for electricity costs, public procurement guidelines and details of a steel pipeline on national infrastructure projects worth around £500 million over the next decade.
英国政府今天对英国钢铁公司出售给中国领先钢铁制造商敬业集团的交易完成表示欢迎，斯肯索普、斯金宁格罗夫和蒂赛德的 3,200 个高技能工作岗位得到了保障。
作为交易的一部分，敬业集团承诺在 10 年内投资 12 亿英镑，对英国钢铁公司工厂进行现代化改造并提高能源效率。
我要感谢斯肯索普、斯金宁格罗夫和蒂赛德的每一位英国钢铁公司员工的奉献精神和韧性，使公司在过去的一年里保持蓬勃发展。敬业承诺向该业务投资 12 亿英镑，这是一个值得欢迎的推动力，不仅将确保数千个就业岗位，而且将确保英国钢铁公司继续繁荣。
商务大臣阿洛克·夏尔马 (Alok Sharma) 今天访问了英国钢铁公司斯肯索普工厂，会见了敬业集团首席执行官李惠明先生、英国钢铁公司首席执行官罗恩·迪伦 (Ron Deelen)、中国驻英国大使刘晓明先生以及员工、工会代表、当地议员和利益相关者。
商务大臣阿洛克·夏尔马 (Alok Sharma) 表示：
该公司于 2019 年 5 月进入破产程序，经过彻底谈判，破产管理署和安永会计师事务所 (EY) 的特别管理人已确认将英国钢铁公司完全出售给敬业集团，包括斯肯索普的钢厂、斯金宁格罗夫的钢厂和位于蒂赛德 – 以及子公司 TSP Engineering 和 FN Steel。
钢铁工人工会社区秘书长罗伊·里克胡斯 (Roy Rickhuss) 表示：
对于因出售而面临裁员的 449 名员工，政府的快速反应服务和国家职业服务中心已动员起来提供实地支持和建议。这项服务将帮助那些受影响的人过渡到其他工作或接受新的培训机会。
政府继续向钢铁行业提供支持，包括超过 3 亿英镑的电力成本减免、公共采购指南以及未来 10 年价值约 5 亿英镑的国家基础设施项目的钢铁管道细节。