Rishi Sunak claimed the UK economy is getting “on the right track” as he visited the former Honda factory in Swindon.

The Japanese car giant’s Swindon plant shut in 2021, with the loss of thousands of jobs, and the site was sold to developer Panattoni to turn into a logistics hub.

Addressing Panattoni staff working on the demolition and reconstruction of the site, the Prime Minister said in the last five years the firm has begun developing more than 25 million square feet of industrial space.

Mr Sunak said: “I think that’s a huge vote of confidence in the UK, and it shows that the work we’re doing to get the economy on the right track is paying off.

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“Now, I’m determined, as Prime Minister, to make sure that the UK is the best place in the world to invest and grow a business like this.

“And that’s why we’ve been taking ambitious steps, like making full-expensing permanent, which is the biggest business tax cut in modern British history.

“It’s all about supporting businesses like this to invest in local areas and create jobs and opportunity for the future.”

The closure of the plant was announced in 2019 following Brexit – although the firm insisted that was not the reason, instead blaming unprecedented changes in the global car industry.