Jan 9, 2017
Rolls-Royce Motor to stay in UK despite Brexit
Luxury carmaker had warned about possible consequences for workers of a Leave vote
Rolls-Royce Motor says it will keep its headquarters in the UK and
continue investing in the country, with the luxury carmaker reporting a
rise in annual sales spurred by a double-digit increase in its home
"Success for Rolls-Royce is success for Great Britain and we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining the home of Rolls-Royce in the UK," said Torsten Müller-Otvös, chief executive of the company, adding that it was "a true Great British manufacturing success story".
Ahead of the Brexit referendum last year, Mr Müller-Ötvös wrote to his workers warning about the costs of leaving the EU and the possible consequence for the company's "employment base".
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which is owned by BMW, manufactures vehicles in Goodwood, West Sussex, where just over 100 jobs were added last year. It also runs a facility in Bognor Regis that it said on Monday would be extended this year "to meet growing demand and in readiness for future models".
by: Jennifer Thompson in London