UK SME manufacturing collective urges government to commit to industry restart

A manufacturing collective has urged the UK Government to ensure its ‘restart, reposition and transform’ commitment to industry a reality and more than just another marketing slogan.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which employs over 2000 people across nine sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, has launched its Post Covid-19 MANifesto to detail the support this critical sector needs if it is to really recover from the lockdown and restore its rightful position as a manufacturing powerhouse in the 21st century.

The manifesto has been signed by MDs from the ten companies and sets out a 10-point plan that focuses on the development of a coherent strategy and a commitment to really supporting and helping build the domestic capability and supply chain so that UK SMEs can produce critical components and help restart and build the UK economy.

It also calls on more dedicated and specific manufacturing support along with the introduction of immediate government stimulus packages for key industries and an option ofr sustainable investment to help with the transition to the ‘green economy’ and the transport revolution (automated, connected, electrified and shared mobility).

Adam Cunningham, Chairman of MAN, commented: “Whilst there is a real possibility of an economic downturn, the pandemic has underlined the importance of having a resilient domestic supply chain that can produce vital, often life-saving equipment in times of national crisis.

“This renewed shift towards ‘making things’ has gained momentum with the Chancellor and many economic experts calling for sustained investment in industry so we can build capacity and maximise our world leading design, innovation and quality.”

He continued: “We have been here before and we’ve heard politicians wheel out empty promises because it seems like the right thing to say. Well not this time, the MANifesto has been created by ten UK SMEs that cover more than 15 sectors and have a real appreciation for the challenges we are facing, but equally importantly the massive opportunities that exist with the right backing.

“We want Government to listen to and work with SMEs who are at the coalface to ensure UK manufacturing thrives again and is self-reliant wherever possible. In short, there can be no capacity in the modern-day supply chain without a healthy and vibrant SME base.”

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