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New poll suggests manufacturing is vital for the UK’s future after Brexit

A survey carried out by YouGov for manufacturing organisation EEF and Newcastle law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has highlighted the importance of manufacturing, post-Brexit.

The poll has suggested that the Government should place increased value on the UK manufacturing industry to help boost the economy once we leave the EU.

  • 88% of Brits think it is important for the UK to have a strong manufacturing industry
  • 69% of those believe that when the UK leaves the EU, manufacturing is important to secure our place in the global economy
  • 61% felt that a strong manufacturing sector was important to secure long-term employment for future generations
  • 79% of people believe the Government should place greater value on manufacturing
  • 70% of people agree a strong manufacturing base essential to tackle future challenges

Different parts of the UK were asked whether they agreed with the statement: ‘my local area would be worse off without manufacturing.’ The results are as follows:

  • 59% Northern Ireland
  • 65% Wales
  • 53% England
  • 57% Scotland

Peter Snaith, Newcastle partner and head of manufacturing at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, said of the report: “Manufacturing provides enormous value to the UK economy. It is encouraging that the public’s perception acknowledges this, with widespread confidence in the manufacturing industry’s ability to solve many of the UK’s challenges.”

You can read the full report here.

Despite the positive view of manufacturing, the Guardian reported earlier this month that British manufacturers were “pulling back sharply on investment plans due to mounting uncertainty over Brexit and growing fears of a global trade war.”

The annual EEF/Santander Investment Monitor revealed that 51% of companies had put investment in plant and machinery on hold because of Brexit negotiations and 36% had shelved plans for new or improved buildings.

The government also recently announced guidelines for a “no-deal” Brexit” setting out “practical and proportionate” advice for businesses in case the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

The UK is also facing uncertainty regarding the impact any deals will have, on the way in which we store and transport goods in and out of the UK to the rest of Europe.

To find out more about partitioning for the manufacturing sector, contact us at Westgate…

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