UK manufacturing and British-made brands in the news this week: Mary Portas on the future of British business; EEF survey paints positive outlook for UK manufacturing; New Aston Martin factory; Make it British Live! moves to new venue
Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas doing her bit to raise the profile of British brands and UK manufacturing in this business article in The Telegraph.
“There’s huge equity and power in the British brand. It means being well made and well designed – a universally recognised mark of quality.
China is desperate to achieve that recognition but ‘made in China’ just doesn’t cut it. However, the Government could be doing so much more to help small businesses export their goods and services.”
Regional Outlook Survey highlights positive manufacturing growth & performance across the country (Zenoot)
A new report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, reveals UK manufacturing industry continues to increase its importance to the UK economy.
You can read the full report here.
Some great news for the UK car manufacturing industry as Aston Martin announces the completion of the second phase of its new car assembly plant at St Athan, in South Wales.
The St Athan plant is a demonstration of Aston Martin’s continued commitment to the UK and is set to bring up to 750 new employment opportunities to the South Wales region. Of the total workforce, 150 employees have been recruited as part of the pre-production preparations.
When the St Athan plant is complete, it will join Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters and Newport Pagnell site as centres of the highest quality of British craftmanship and engineering.
Make it British Live! will move to the Business Design Centre for the sixth edition of it’s annual manufacturing trade show. The move to the new venue will allow the event to move into new product areas and has received a positive reception from exhibitors and the press.
“The move to Business Design Centre presents a great opportunity for UK manufacturers to showcase what they do in a beautiful venue that is filled with natural light and steeped in history.
Our new home will help us to realise our ambitions of expanding the show into product areas other than just fashion and textiles, to keep up with the demand for local manufacturing post-Brexit.”