The manufacturing sector has been a beacon of hope for the UK and our industry will look back with pride in the role it played during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many subsectors have come together to support the country in producing PPE and ventilators, helping the nation prepare for the second wave.
As we move into a second national lockdown, now it is time for the Government to do everything in its power to support UK manufacturing.
With 35% of manufacturers saying that national and/or local lockdowns are the biggest concern to their business in the next 12 months, manufacturers need a clear strategy from Government that ensures that we prepare, implement and lead.
Importantly, businesses need as much certainty and stability as possible during these challenging times. Moreover, they need consistency of support. The current piecemeal and ever-changing models do not provide firms sufficient time to plan and prepare. Consistent, longer-term support, that mirrors that of our international competitors, is now needed.
Our 3 Point Action Plan: Prepare, Implement, Lead sets out how this can be achieved.