The Manufacturer Podcast: Dispelling myths about manufacturing

Posted on 3 Apr 2018 by Jonny Williamson

The great British public has a peculiarly distorted view of manufacturing. There is a perception that nothing has changed since the deindustrialisation of the 70s and 80s, other than the manufacturing sector has become even less relevant to our economy since then.

Manufacturing - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
The great British public has a peculiarly distorted view of manufacturing – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Anyone involved in #ukmfg knows this is totally untrue, but it has been perpetuated because manufacturers have done little to counter it, while successive governments have put manufacturing at the back of the queue when it comes to national priorities.

In this interview with Ed Bowsher on the new radio station LoveSport (, TM’s editorial director Nick Peters tries to correct some of the misconceptions.

He talks about career opprtunities for young people, particularly young women: about the skills gap; and, above all, about how much manufacturing has changed for the better since those dark days of deindustrialisation.

The interview refers to this article: Top five manufacturing myths busted by Jonny Williamson  and to the song ‘Big River’ by Jimmy Nail, available on YouTube and Spotify.

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