Manufacturing Council launched by the CBI to lead UK industry through Brexit and beyond

The Manufacturing Council has been created by the CBI in order to boost UK industry in digitisation, innovation and emerging new markets.

Manufacturing currently makes up around 10 per cent of the UK economy and accounts for over two-thirds of all UK spend on research and development.

The new CEO-level council will bring together dozens of UK’s manufacturers, small, medium and large, from across the country and will be chaired by Tom Crotty, Group Director of Ineos.

The council main agendas are as follows:

  • Shaping the skills agenda to build a UK workforce fit to adapt to AI and digitisation
  • Building a new industrial strategy that supports productivity
  • Creating pathways to the delivery of the UK’s target of 3 per cent of GDP invested in R&D by 2020
  • Delivering a Brexit that works for the UK’s manufacturing base.

”A vibrant manufacturing sector is essential to the growth of the UK economy,” Crotty said. “It provides high quality, skilled jobs, boosts the country’s trade position and allows the UK to compete in a challenging and changing world.   The CBI is the voice of UK business and I am very proud to bring together some of the country’s best manufacturers, both large and small, as we look to grow our vital manufacturing base.”

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Deputy Director-General said:  “A strong and diverse UK manufacturing industry is the foundation of a robust economy. With the global economy changing at a dizzying pace, it has never been more important that its voice is heard loud and clear.

“Building on our strengths in innovation, science and emerging technologies, the prize is to make the UK one of the greatest success stories of the next wave of global industrialisation.

“Our surveys show that UK manufacturers are on the march, with production and orders growing strongly, but with the challenges posed by Brexit, everything possible must be done to ensure they can stay ahead of the game. It is a time to build the confidence to invest and export, creating new high quality jobs across the country.”

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