EEF chief executive, Terry Scuoler believes the weakened position of the post-election Tory government offers manufacturers a much better chance of fighting for a favourable Brexit and a comprehensive industrial strategy.
From the largely useless ‘I’m Backing Britain’ campaign of the 1960s, to today’s efforts to reduce the balance of payments deficit through boosting the domestic manufacturing economy, there is an underlying belief that if all of us just bought a few more things bearing the national flag, we could turn the economy around. Well, can we? Nick Peters reports.
The new Chief Technology Officer at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult is Professor Sam Turner, formerly the CTO at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the HVMC. He told Nick Peters about the impact he hopes to make on UK manufacturing.
A critical component of the government’s Industrial Strategy over the next four years is an investment of £4.7bn in R&D. Responsibility for managing this Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund lies with Innovate UK, a division of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
UK manufacturers have until 17 April, 2017 to have thier voice and opinions heard by government in regards to its Industrial Strategy consultation, yet not enough small companies are making the most of the opportunity, according to Dr Steven Barr, managing director of the Hennik Edge consultancy.