It seems to me that here in the UK, public sector organisations are falling over themselves in trying to provide help to small and medium sized businesses.
The 2011 Annual Manufacturing Report for the UK has just been published. This latest research report provides an excellent snap shot of industry trends and opinion.
Since the economic downturn there has been much greater recognition that Manufacturing is the key driver for ‘the real economy’. Despite this, 63% of respondents to this survey have a pessimistic view of the next 12 months.
Reflecting the very latest trends and opinions of Manufacturing leaders.
UK Manufacturing sector poised to fill growth gap – EEF Report
British manufacturing is poised to fill the growth gap as the public sector plays a smaller role in the economy. It is well placed to respond to the Prime Minister's call to 'create and innovate; invest and grow' according to a major report and survey of 300 companies published today.
However, the sector would benefit from a government strategy which helps to overcome the growth barriers that companies face and to grow the next generation of large global players. The report contains new analysis by EEF of the disparity in numbers of larger UK companies compared to those in Germany and the US.
Economic Prospects 2010
The latest official statistics just released for the first 6 months of 2010 show very strong growth – the best since 1994 in fact. Growth of 1.4% in Q1 and 1.6% in Q2 suggests that the recovery in UK manufacturing is now well underway.
The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) said engineering plants in the West Midlands were humming again, supplying the German car industry and export machine with specialist parts.
Manufacturing is key to the regions economy
Following David Camerons speech about the importance of Manufacturing in the south east, two manufacturers across the region are interviewed by BBC South East and Mark Knowlton of KPS was asked to comment on the importance of innovation within the manufacturing sector.
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