UK’s leading manufacturers have called for support ahead of the general election from the next government saying they “must work closely together”.
Following the national conference in London yesterday, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has put together a manifesto urging all parties to ensure that the sector’s ambitions are supported.
The interactive poll conducting among delegates outlined as top priorities for the next government a reduction in the cost of doing business, the improvement of the infrastructure sector and better support for growing businesses.
“Today's message from British manufacturing to the next Government is clear: we are key to delivering and underpinning a balanced, stable and vibrant economy, but we cannot do it on our own,” Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, said.
Of those surveyed 34 per cent believe that remaining part of the European Union is the one factor most likely to encourage companies to invest in the UK over the next two decades, while an overwhelming 85 per cent of manufacturers want the UK to remain a member of the EU.
Almost 50 per cent said that the biggest opportunity for the industry will come from new technologies that will improve efficiency, followed by technology that helps firms connect with customers (19 per cent).
"Manufacturers are looking for a long-term, strategic and supportive partnership with the next Government that builds on what has already been achieved and focuses on the opportunities ahead. This is not the time to falter,” Scuoler said.