Richard Hill, National Head of Automotive and Manufacturing, Commercial & Private Banking at RBS explains why the company has once again thrown its weight behind the 2014 Manufacturer Directors’ Conference and The Manufacturer of the Year Awards.
A great weight of responsibility has been placed on the manufacturing sector to help lead the UK back to economic prosperity and plenty of challenges remain on the journey to achieving sustainable growth. The Annual Manufacturer Directors’ Conference play’s an important role in gathering the industry to address pertinent issues and to enable the advancement of the sector.
Alongside the conference, the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards ensures the best of UK manufacturing is promoted and celebrated; showcasing the growing number of successful businesses, led by highly skilled management teams, who continue to invest for the future and thereby ensure they retain both their competiveness and edge.
Today the manufacturing sector employs some 2.5 million people and accounts for approximately 46% of UK exports and 70% of total UK business R&D spend. With upward economic momentum set to continue, the manufacturing sector is in a strong position to seize new opportunities and it is clear that the continued success of manufacturing is vital in helping to rebalance the UK economy.
RBS has a long-standing history as a major supporter of the sector and our objective remains very simple; to continue to support our customers as they invest for growth.
We are once again proud to be the headline sponsor at the 2014 Manufacturer Directors’ Conference and The Manufacturer of the Year Awards – supporting the progression of the sector and the outstanding contribution made by UK manufacturers.