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Manufacturing report seeks views of industry professionals

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 08 February 2018 15:10

Manufacturing report seeks views of industry professionals

A major report about manufacturing in the UK is urging small to medium-sized manufacturers in the South West to have their say about productivity in the sector.

Recent economic data has suggested UK industry is starting to solve the productivity puzzle with efficiency levels in the manufacturing sector showing signs of improvement.

The National Manufacturing Barometer, which is conducted by SWMAS (part of Bridgwater based Exelin Group), is asking senior manufacturing leaders and managers to consider what measures, processes and investments they use to boost performance and increase efficiency.

It is anticipated the findings of the survey, which is open until  February 12, will help inform Government on the type of tools and support manufacturers need to access if they are to continue the upward trend of productivity gains.

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“Productivity continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing UK industry. So it seems a natural step to start the year by taking an in-depth look at how our SME manufacturers are tackling it and how any measures are ingrained into their culture,” explained Simon Howes, managing director of Exelin Group.

“The questions asked will help manufacturers better understand how close they are to solving the ‘productivity puzzle’. We also intend to use the results to ensure local and national Government, and stakeholders fully understand some of the barriers our sector faces and, importantly, the support measures that make a real difference to companies.”

The National Manufacturing Barometer is open to SME manufacturers in the UK. In addition to the  focus on productivity and culture, the survey will also find out how SMEs are faring more generally.


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