Jan 23, 2019

Theresa May says Dyson is committed 'long-term' to the UK

AFP Theresa May has said Dyson remains committed to a long-term future in the UK, despite the appliance maker moving its headquarters to Singapore. Its owner Sir James Dyson has been a vocal supporter of Britain's departure from the EU. The decision prompted Solicitor General Robert Buckland, South Swindon MP, to say: "I'm disappointed, to say the least, that at this time a company led by a person who advocated Brexit has decided to relocate outside of this country." During Prime Minister's Questions, North Wiltshire MP James Gray said Dyson's commitment to the UK "Remains undiminished", pointing to the investments of £200m in research and development at Hullavington and £44m in a design college at Malmesbury. The PM replied that the company had trebled its UK workforce to 4,800 over the last five years. Following the relocation announcement, Dyson chief executive Jim Rowan said it would "Future proof" the company and allow it to exploit opportunities for growth in Asia.

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