£250m investment in Mini

BMW is to invest £250m in its UK factories over the next three years, the company has announced.

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Union reacts to Mini investment

Unite has hailed BMW Group's decision to invest £250m into its UK plants in Oxford, and Swindon as a "ray of sunshine".

The company announced the cash boost during a visit by Business Secretary Vince Cable this morning.

Tony Burke, Unite assistant general secretary, said: "This major boost in investment is tribute and reward for the dedicated and hard-working workforce at Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.

"The British car industry is once again a ray of sunshine in gloomy times for British manufacturing.

"The UK has the potential to be a manufacturing success story, if we had a Government which was prepared to roll its sleeves up and intervene to support employers up and down the UK."


Major investment for region's Mini plants

The production line at the BMW UK Mini plant in Oxford Credit: PA

BMW is to invest £250m in its UK Mini factories, including those in Swindon and Oxford, over the next three years.

The announcement was made during a visit by Business Secretary Vince Cable to the Oxford plant, on the day when the Olympic Torch Relay will also pass.

The announcement comes on top of a £500m investment promise in June last year.

BMW said the investment showed its commitment to Britain "as a vital manufacturing base".

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