The March of the Makers

The manufacturing industry has been given some much-needed good news recently. The Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) revealed that the food and drink industry is not only the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, but it currently leads as the country’s biggest industrial output.


With the latest GDP figures revealed this week, there is some hope gathering among manufacturing professionals that Thursday’s news won’t be the usual doom and gloom we’ve come to expect. We know from earlier research that many businesses have experienced growth during the most recent period of economic uncertainty and there are no signs of it stopping – certainly not with export orders at their highest point for the last three months.


It’s not only great to hear good news about the industry, but I couldn’t agree more with the optimistic outlook ahead. The weak pound appears to have helped exports and conversations with other professionals in the industry has revealed the same positive tone. The industry has a busy future with great prospects (and full order books) resulting in a genuine confidence about the year ahead.


During a recent discussion with a friend on the state of manufacturing, I was reminded of George Osborne’s 2011 mantra: “We want the words ‘Made in Britain,’ ‘Created in Britain,’ Designed in Britain,’ ‘Invented in Britain’ to drive our nation forward. A Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers. That is how we will create jobs and support families.


In the past, there has been a disconnection with the Government and the manufacturing industries – neglected as the Government turned its focus to the financial sector. Now, we see a light at the end of the tunnel as the March of the Makers, powered by the food, drink and tobacco sectors, continues to aid the industry’s growth.


So what’s next you may ask? Now it’s time to prove our worth. It is time we demonstrated our success. We’ll continue delivering, and improving, our great customer service, high quality products and after care sales packages that improve quality, efficiency and offer great value for money. We’ll be promoting this and so much more during the coming months, especially at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham in June.


The popularity of trade shows has seemingly grown unabated over recent years, to the point where the industry had become a £26bn behemoth and a successful vehicle for both the industry professionals and the media. The Total show is a great way of reaching out to both new and existing customers from a diverse range of industries, including the food and drink, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors as well as everything in between.


We’ll be aiming to make the most of these opportunities in Birmingham and hope the industry as a whole will be out in strength to demonstrate the vibrancy of manufacturing in the UK. We hope to see you there.