Campaign launched to showcase manufacturing industry

Simon Howes

Simon Howes

A new industry campaign has been launched to showcase the vital role manufacturers play in driving economic growth.

Manufacturing Matters, the brainchild of the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), intends to raise the profile of a sector that currently accounts for more than 110,000 businesses, 1.1 million jobs and a major share of £140bn of annual GDP.

The initiative will look to discuss key challenges and opportunities, whilst opening up dialogue with the media, politicians and major industry influencers to ensure the right support is in place to encourage growth and future job creation.

It will then culminate with aweek of activities in November that will include the launch of the next MAS Barometer; and a series of debates and events.

Simon Howes, MAS Area Director South West of England, comments: “There is no better time to launch ‘Manufacturing Matters’ with recent reports and PMI data suggesting a three year high in confidence, investment and output.

“The larger companies are the ones that usually get the column inches and airtime, yet it is the SMEs in the supply chain that make up 95 per cent of industry.

“They are doing more than most to help drive the recent resurgence with many taking on staff, launching new products and investing in the latest technology.

“Now is the time to place the spotlight on these firms and showcase some of the amazing SME manufacturers we have in the South West and the impact they undoubtedly have on the world.

“We also want to raise some of the issues affecting the sector and by engaging with the larger manufacturers, the Local Enterprise Partnerships, other business support partners and industry bodies, ensure they have access to the specialist assistance they require.”