Urban myths and misconceptions about manufacturing need ditching

August 6, 2014 1:15 pm

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Consumers are being urged to ditch urban myths and misconceptions about British manufacturing after research showed that three quarters mistakenly believe that the UK used to manufacture more goods thirty years ago than it does today.

The findings, from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, reveal that, while consumers are supportive of British manufacturing, they are largely in the dark about the true state of the sector today. Although manufacturing is on track for 3.6 per cent growth this year,  little over a third of consumers believe that the UK’s manufacturing industry is growing.

EEF say that UK manufacturers will, however, be pleased to know that they still have consumers’ backing – over three quarters would be proud to work for a manufacturing company in the UK. More importantly given the on-going drive to encourage more women into the sector, women would be equally as proud as men to work for a British manufacturer.

Manufacturers will also be cheered to know that over seven in ten consumers (72 per cent) prefer to buy goods that have been made in Britain. Women are the biggest champions, with 75 per cent agreeing that they would prefer to buy UK manufactured goods over those made elsewhere in the world.  There is also widespread recognition of the vital role manufacturing plays in the broader economy. An overwhelming 91 per cent of consumers agree that manufacturing is essential for the UK economy to grow.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, said: “With the global spotlight on British manufacturing it is time to ditch the urban myth that Britain manufactured more in the 80s than it does today. The reality is that British manufacturing is a huge success story and is going from strength-to-strength, employing 2.6 million people and accounting for 11 per cent of GDP.”

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