BBC News journalists broadcast from the heart of J A Harrison’s new production facility to report public reaction to the UK’s 2017 autumn budget statement yesterday. Its regional film crew, charged with gauging public opinion on Chancellor Philip Hammond’s economic choices, spent the day at ‘Britain Works’ talking with staff from across the company.
Led by BBC Political Editor Nina Warhurst, the North West tonight team compiled reports from our manufacturing plant floor and offices before broadcasting live to the region from the main gates of Harrison HQ.
The show, which went out at 6.30pm on BBC North West Tonight’s evening news bulletin and again at 10.30pm for late night viewers, analysed reaction to the budget from a variety of viewpoints.
Interviewed by the crew, managing director Keith Shepherd, described the autumn statement as: “Definitely good for business."
And when quizzed on the reality and legitimacy of the government’s Northern Powerhouse, he explained: “I think it is growing all the time. There has been a lot of investment in the Northern Powerhouse. It is directly helping businesses through grants.
“The Business Growth Hub particularly, and Oldham Council linked with them, have helped us move to these premises.”
Later in the day the news team turned its attention to the company’s employees.
J A Harrison Sales Manager Jack Osborne, who is hoping to buy his first house soon, responded to Philip Hammond’s decision to scrap stamp duty for first-time buyers.
He said: “It is great news for me and my partner when we move into our new house. It is more money in our pocket to furnish the house exactly how we want it.”
But Sales Administrator Rebecca Tomlinson was less receptive to the Chancellor’s decisions. She said: “It would have been nice to see a little more help for working parents.”
The film crew, who arrived late morning, wrapped up their shoot with staff at 5pm before heading outside to deliver its live broadcast.
North West Tonight’s ‘budget special’ captures one of the show’s biggest audiences of the year.
Managing Director Keith Shepherd added: “It was a pleasure to have the team here and watch them at work.”
BBC Head of Planning Sue Polhill said after the day’s filming: “We’d like to thank all concerned at J A Harrison for their hospitality.”