The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy gave motorsport students from the University of Bolton a ministerial send-off as he made a tour of the town.

Kwasi Kwarteng visited the University’s National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) just before they set off for the world-famous Silverstone race track as part of their innovative ‘Fast-Track to F1’ project.

It was Mr Kwarteng’s first official visit to Bolton since taking up the role, and came just days after the announcement of the Government’s new £800 million Advanced Research Invention Agency (ARIA).

Mark Logan, MP for Bolton North East, was keen to show the Secretary of State Bolton’s strong case to house ARIA with a tour of Bolton’s past, present and future in invention and innovation.

Dr Greg Walker, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Strategy) of the University of Bolton, said: “We were delighted to host the Secretary of State on his visit to Bolton.

“Nowhere is the UK’s thriving innovation scene more apparent than here at the University of Bolton – this can be seen in the work our students and companies locally are involved with at our excellent National Centre for Motorsport Engineering.

“We were delighted to talk to the Secretary of State about how universities such as Bolton can boost the economic prospects of the region and the town itself.

“The University of Bolton is at the heart of efforts to level-up the region through innovation and skills.” Mr Logan said: “The foundations of Britain’s reinvention were laid in Bolton over 200 years ago.

“Invention and innovation is everywhere, and the Secretary of State got to see that with his own eyes today.”

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