Public believes manufacturing vital for future of post- ‘Brexit’ economy – EEF/Womble Bond Dickinson survey

Friday September 21st, 2018

A new poll released today shows that the general public thinks manufacturing is hugely important to the future of the UK economy post-’Brexit’ and that Government should place more value on it, but there are massive misperceptions about the pay and opportunities it offers, as well as its world ranking (September 21st).eeflogo

According to the survey carried out by YouGov for EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, almost three quarters of people (70%) agree that the UK cannot tackle future problems without a strong manufacturing sector. The sector also comes among the first when asked which sector is likely to provide a solution to a number of the challenges facing the UK and manufacturing quality managers also score highly with the public for trust when compared with other professions.

88% of Brits think it is important for the UK to have a strong manufacturing industry. When further probed, 69% of those believe that when the UK leaves the EU, manufacturing is important to secure our place in the global economy, while 61% felt that a strong manufacturing sector was important to secure long-term employment for future generations.

According to EEF and Womble Bond Dickinson, this strong public backing for the importance of manufacturing has significant implications for the direction of policy, with Government urged to invest more in the sector. 79% of people believe that the Government should place more value on manufacturing and half (49%) that more should be spent on training the next generation of manufacturers.

Stephen Phipson, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said: “It is clear that there are massive misconceptions about manufacturing although it is pleasing that the UK public feels the sector is important for the country’s economy and that Government should invest more in its future.

“Clearly we need to continue to push Government to work with industry to invest more in creating the next generation of manufacturers to ensure we are able to maintain Britain’s impressive place in global manufacturing, and go on to improve further and grow.”

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