The Make it in Great Britain ‘Industry Champions’ are behind a letter which calls on the UK to support the campaign and back British Manufacturing:
We, the Make it in Great Britain ‘Industry Champions’, are calling on the UK to stand alongside us and get behind British manufacturing. With support from individuals, businesses and the media, we want to challenge the idea that “Britain doesn’t make anything anymore” – an outdated view that restricts investment, finance and recruitment, to one of our economy’s most vital sectors.
Current perceptions of the UK manufacturing industry are out-of-date and do not fairly represent the lively, dynamic sector that has developed. The industry has undergone a transformation over the last 60 years, but the views held by young people, the general public, potential investors and customers do not reflect the reality. We’re calling on the media to help us to dispel these misconceptions.
As individuals proud to be working in this sector, we know that the poor image of manufacturing affects business decisions to invest and banks’ decisions to finance. On the recruitment side, we often struggle to find the talented people needed to take the industry forward. That’s why we’re standing together to shine a light on the industry that is worth approximately £130bn a year and employs 2.5 million people; and that’s why we’ve called on young talent to put forward their most innovative ideas as part of our recently launched Challenge.