On Tuesday 21st June 2011 Hansard recorded the following tribute to the success of The Mercian Labels Group from Mr Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock Chase and Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons, the UK Parliament.
T4.  Mr Aidan Burley (Cannock Chase) (Con): Dr Adrian Steele, the managing director of Mercian Labels in Cannock, has just been named as one of the midlands’ most promising entrepreneurs. His company supplies labels and barcodes to the medical industry and employs 32 people. Does the Chancellor agree that it is small business entrepreneurs such as Dr Steele who will grow our economy back to strength, and will he continue to support manufacturers, who were shamefully neglected by the Labour party?
Mr George Osborne: My hon. Friend is right. Manufacturing halved as a share of our economy under the Labour Government and financial services grew dramatically over that period. Since the last election, manufacturing output is up 4.2% and the private sector has created more than 500,000 new jobs net, which is all good news. The example he brings to the Chamber is just one of many companies that are investing and employing people, and despite a choppy recovery we should celebrate that.
You can watch this on the Parliament TV website here at 43mins 45 seconds.