Manufacturing The Future – the first in a series of research reports produced by BDO where we surveyed nearly 1,500 engineers and manufacturers to further understand the current state of manufacturing and more importantly, the actions needed to make UK manufacturing a key part of the economy for the next decade.
The survey covers four strategic areas: the economy and the role of manufacturing in the economy, the importance of Government in enabling growth in manufacturing, access to funding and sustainability and its implications for the cost of energy.
As part of Manufacturing the Future, manufacturers outline their wishlist for government support to expedite growth, calling for:
This survey shows that engineers and manufacturers believe that UK manufacturing has a future within the UK and should continue to be successful over the next decade but also that the sector needs long term, consistent and planned help to achieve its full potential. If there was one over-riding message from the survey and comments received it is simply “words are not enough”.