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Tata warns UK industry hurt by costs and 'dying' supply chain

Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata Group, has said that British industry is being hit by costs and a "dying" supply chain.

India's Tata Group owns Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Steel and Tetley Tea in Britain, and operates 19 companies with a 45,000-strong workforce across Europe.

"The economic situation, the high cost of undertaking manufacturing, the supply chain - which is dying out as manufacturing undergoes hardship - make the UK not the first place you would look at to make a manufacturing investment," Tata told the Daily Telegraph.

British manufacturing continued to shrink in November, according to surveys released this week, just before the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, outlines his half-yearly budget statement.

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