The MP for Lincoln was joined by Charlotte Horobin from Make UK, which champions and celebrates British manufacturing. During the visit they learnt about the everyday processes that take place at the company, and were given a tour of the facilities and expert equipment, including the new high-speed laser-cutting machine. The pair were also able to speak to employees at Micrometric, which has international clients in the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.

“It was very positive to see a thriving local business investing in Lincoln’s economy,” says Lee. “As an apprenticeship ambassador I was very pleased to discover that Micrometric is providing great opportunities for ambitious young people.”

Neil Main, managing director at Micrometric, adds: “The visit was perfectly timed as we’ve recently commissioned a new laser machine. It was a great opportunity to showcase what a modern, manufacturing business looks like and explain the challenges that we face as a UK manufacturer.

“Our discussions with Karen were very positive and productive,” he continues. “As the MP for Lincoln, Karen can make influential decisions that can help the manufacturing sector grow – and now that she has a better understanding of our just-in-time supply chain, I’m looking forward to seeing how she can help us operate more effectively and competitively.”

Says Horobin: “The team at Micrometric have always been proactive members of Make UK – an organisation which champions UK manufacturers. It’s clear to see that Micrometric value their employees. As well as making sure that existing employees have tools readily available, they’re also investing in the next generation by taking on several apprentices, which is something that Make UK are encouraging all manufacturers to do.

“Despite the political and economic difficulties and changes that are currently affecting businesses like Micrometric, the company is going from strength to strength – and hopefully the support from figureheads like Karen will help the business get the recognition it deserves,” she adds.