Five years ago, Make UK surveyed the British public for their views about the industry we represent. The results were bleak. Many respondents expressed outdated views about modern manufacturing, saying they viewed the sector as dirty and dangerous, poorly paid, and with limited career opportunities. Clearly, our sector needed to do much more to update the understanding and image of modern manufacturing and help the public see what we see as a dynamic, inspiring, and innovative industry.
Over the past five years, our sector and wider UK society have faced unprecedented challenges that nobody could have predicted. The Covid-19 crisis highlighted the crucial role of our industrial base in maintaining our national prosperity and wellbeing. UK manufacturers showed remarkable ingenuity and innovation in leading the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and rebuilding our country.
The pandemic highlighted the strength of UK manufacturers, leading to more positive press coverage and transformative changes in operations over the past five years.
This year, Make UK’s public perceptions survey found that an overwhelming 93% of respondents say they believe manufacturing is important to the UK economy and over three-quarters see manufacturing as delivering solutions today to address the challenges of tomorrow.