Statement on BMW Mini from Oxford City Council

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019

Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council said:

“Motor vehicle manufacture in Oxford has a long and successful history, both with BMW and its predecessors. The Mini has been an unqualified success, providing jobs for the city and playing a crucial role in our local economy. 

“I am deeply concerned at the potential loss of one of the city’s major industries which would have a detrimental effect on the immediate area. BMW is a major asset to the local and the national economy, as well as being one of the world’s leading car manufacturers with a huge presence in the county. 

“Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership will be offering all the support we can to BMW and its workforce and encouraging them to stay in Oxford. 

"Clearly any material change in the car industry in Oxford would also have major implications on a national scale as well. We call upon the Government to respond to this as the country moves ever closer to a no-deal Brexit. Oxfordshire is a key driver behind the UK economy and is one of just three net county contributors to the exchequer, adding £23bn a year to the national economy."