“We are very saddened to hear from Honda today of its formal intention to close its Swindon plant.
“Honda Swindon has been an integral part of the town and the region for decades and this is a significant loss for both Honda workers and the wider Honda supply chain.
“As the largest business group in the region, we will now work with focus and energy on the Government’s Honda task force to respond with ongoing efforts to ensure that as many staff and companies are helped in order to minimise any negative economic impact.
“We remain convinced of Swindon’s great strengths as a well-connected, resilient and business friendly town, and we have already been contacted by many companies from the region looking to help recruit from those affected from the Honda workforce. Although this is a sad day, the town should be optimistic about its future.”