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Coventry firms asked for an update on migrant workers

Coventry businesses are being called on to provide an insight as to how migrant workers are feeling after the Brexit vote last June.

Coventry firms asked for an update on migrant workers


Pictured: Martyne Manning (centre) with Jim Cunningham MP, Peter Burns (Chamber president) and members of the Chamber’s Coventry branch.


Companies across the city are being asked by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to their share views on the employment situation.

The Chamber is hearing anecdotally that many migrant workers are planning to leave the country or have already left since the vote last year and this could have a significant impact on employers.

The call was sent out during the quarterly meeting of the Coventry Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, which was held at The Welcome Centre in Parkside.

Martyne Manning, senior policy officer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber needs the help of businesses in Coventry to find out more about what is happening with migrant workers.

“We have heard of many leaving the country or planning to leave since the Brexit vote and we want to actually gauge what is happening out there.

“It seems that the reason could be because the pound is weak or that they are worried about what will happen once we leave the European Union.

“But if this is happening, it could have a massive impact on employment within the city and the wider Coventry and Warwickshire region. So we want to assess the situation now and be prepared to advise businesses appropriately.”

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, attended the meeting and heard a range of issues raised by firms.

These included the lack of employment land and space for firms of all sizes and sectors and improving Coventry city centre to try to attract more visitors to the area.

Jim Cunningham said: “I always appreciate meeting the Chamber and its members as it lets me know exactly what businesses are thinking and feeling.

“It proved very interesting and the points raised are ones that seem to be arising more and more at this time.

“All of the businesses that attended the event are passionate about Coventry and making sure that it can be a thriving city.

“It is very much a case of if you go looking for doom, you will find doom. If you go looking for light, you will find light and I appreciated the fact that these members were looking at ways to boost Coventry and raise its profile, which was very encouraging.”

Businesses who would like to pass on any details about migrant workers can do so through the Chamber by emailing policy officer Martyne Manning at

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