Embargoed for 00:01 23 November 2020
Levelling up regional economies to rebuild in the face of a recession, and our impending new relationship with the EU, all whilst recovering from Covid-19, will be a huge challenge. The UK manufacturing sector has an important role to play in reviving and rebalancing our economy in the months and years ahead. Our new report in partnership with RSM finds that 42% of manufacturers are dissatisfied with the Government’s current levelling up agenda, and puts forward a case to support the growth of the UK manufacturing sector as a sure-fire way to kick-start the revival of our regional economies.
The COVID crisis showcased manufacturers as natural problem solvers. Nine out of ten manufacturers stayed open throughout the crisis, designing effective social distancing plans well before the masses and secured the production of vital food, drink, power and other necessities. This resilience, adaptability and innovation showcased the power of manufacturing which can be harnessed to help with economic regional turnaround. But it is not a one size fits all solution. Capturing the manufacturing power of the individual regions requires a bespoke approach through the development of regional industrial strategies.
Levelling up must look beyond the traditional focus of physical infrastructure projects clustered around major cities alone. Manufacturers want to see real, tangible change in their regions.
- Improved local road and rail transport connections
- A greater focus on regional projects over nationals ones
- Prioritising digital connectivity everywhere
Join us for regional focused webinars exploring the report in more deatil
The webinars will cover:
- What levelling up means to manufacturers
- The key challenges that manufacturers face across the different regions in the UK
- What manufacturers want to see Government prioritise as part of their Industrial Strategy refresh
- Why we should be focussing on harnessing the power of UK manufacturing to support the revival of our regional economies
- Manufacturers will leave with a clear blueprint on how they can support their regional economies
- Attendees will be able to download their region-specific content to use as a tool to influence and shape regional policy
24th November – Midlands and East
25th November – South
26th November - North