I'm not going to spoil your enjoyment of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2019 by spilling all the detail here. But I do want to give you a flavour of what we discovered in this comprehensive overview of the sector’s state of mind in this critical year.
Business leaders and trade unions have issued urgent warnings to government to stop gambling with the nation’s world-leading manufacturing sector and cease their plans for a wholesale reduction in import tariffs.
Change was very much the word of the day at this year’s Make UK (formerly EEF) National Manufacturing Conference as Britain’s manufacturers came together to discuss ‘preparing for Brexit and a changing world’.
The story of Nishant Raj, Industry 4.0 lead at a global manufacturer, clearly shows that the miscommunication between government and industry over work visas needs to be addressed if the UK is to ever going to solve its skills gap.
The Prime Minister has received another letter saying a 'No-Deal Brexit' would damage UK manufacturing. This time, it's from a trade body representing 13 separate trade associations that employ over 1 million workers.
Digital connectivity offers unprecedented opportunities, but the government must take urgent action to ensure UK businesses can access the connectivity they need to thrive in today’s digital-driven economy.