Manufacturing Mondays

By Manufacturing Mondays

A weekly update discussing the big issues impacting the UK manufacturing sector, and what can be done to overcome them.

A weekly update discussing the big issues impacting the UK manufacturing sector, and what can be done to overcome them.

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🤯 Cost of doing business, a headache for the Low Pay Commission?

The Low Pay Commission closed its consultation on the National Living Wage and other minimum wage rates for 2023 last week.The LPC’s central estimate for next year’s NLW rate is £10.32 – an increase of 8.6% on 2022. Manufacturers are seeking to respond to the…


🚨 Emergency pre-recess package of business support required

Today we've published our Q2 quarterly Manufacturing Outlook results in partnership with BDO. These are the first set of results that take into account the potent cocktail facing manufacturers right now. So what do the results show?Output and orders are still…


💸 Manufacturers have spoken, wage inflation is cause for concern

Our Q2 Regional Advisory Boards came to end, and it's fair to say the difference between Q1 and Q2 feedback was stark. The somewhat optimistic outlook for 2022, with manufacturers seeking opportunities, has tempered. Many are now facing a summer of persistent…


💚 The first roadmap to net zero released

Make UK and Inspired Energy release the final report of their step-by-step roadmap taking companies through their complex decarbonisation journey.This Roadmap provides a clear direction and major milestones towards the long term 2050 goal. It aims to encourag…


🌼 Spring into action and open doors your doors to future makers!

National Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the range of highly skilled and well-paid jobs they have on offer by throwing open their doors in a UK wide Open House on Thursday 7 July 2022.We are looking to engage with students, p…


🔗Just in time manufacturing is dead

Our new research in partnership with Infor on global supply chains finds that 'just in time’ manufacturing is being replaced by ‘just in case’ as volatility becomes the norm and companies increase suppliers close to home.


🎉 The Make UK National Manufacturing Conference is back!

Straight from the onset, the theme of the day was the importance of UK manufacturing to the success of the UK economy. Our favourite host Steph McGovern was back to kick off the conference - a champion of apprenticeships but also the sector having previously …


📣 It's time for a national manufacturing plan

Despite the numerous levelling up announcements, there remains a significant proportion (around a third) of manufacturers who are yet to be fully convinced that progress on the Government’s flagship policy is benefitting their businesses. This sentiment is pa…


⚡ Energy and exports, what's really going on?

What are the key points of the new energy strategy for manufacturers? 🏭 Nuclear - Plans to reduce the UK's reliance on oil and gas by building as many as eight new nuclear reactors, including two at Sizewell in Suffolk. A new body will oversee the delivery of…


🆘 2 years since it's announcement, where is the Employment Bill?

⏳ The Queen’s Speech next month will mark more than two years since the Government first announced its intention to publish an Employment Bill following its election in 2019, and more than four years since it accepted the recommendations of the Taylor Review …


👎 The promise of jam tomorrow doesn't cut it

Surely we could have done more? Senior Economist Fhaheen Khan covers the main takeaways of the Spring Fiscal Statement 👇The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, last week outlined the Government’s strategy for the months ahead as the cost of living and c…


💼 Manufacturers priorities this Spring Fiscal Statement

Almost 1 in 10 businesses see the rising cost of raw materials and energy as business threatening, with even more, facing major price increases that could become business threatening.


🌪 A turbulent start to 2022 for manufacturers

Our first comprehensive deep dive into orders, employment, output and investment intentions for 2022 shows that manufacturers are continuing to raise both UK and export prices at record levels in the face of escalating inflationary pressures across the board …


🇺🇦 The impact of events in Ukraine on energy costs

The last of our Regional Advisory Boards for Q1 is held this week but the themes across all of them to date have been clear: the uncertainty around the impact of the invasion of Ukraine, spiralling cost of doing business including energy and logistics, and on…


💡 Capital, people and ideas - the Chancellor sets out his vision

The productivity puzzle is a long-standing issue, but it's one Chancellor Rishi Sunak focused on addressing during his speech at the 2022 Mais Lecture. Outlining his vision of a 'New Culture for Enterprise', he wanted to prioritise three things in a bid to ta…


🎉 Numbers don't lie, the UK's the 9th largest manufacturing country in the world

On Tuesday we'll be launching our Manufacturing - The Facts 2022 - an interactive analysis of the sector. From the latest data on output, jobs, exports, and so much more, our interactive guide gives a comprehensive overview backed by data, on why UK manufactu…


🚢 The latest cost to hit UK manufacturers? Shipping

Last week Make UK Director for International Trade, Richard Rumblelow gave evidence to the International Trade Committee on UK trade negotiations with Australia. Whilst most of the session was dominated by the barriers faced by manufacturers to export includi…


👩‍🏭 We don't like apprenticeships, we love them!

This year's theme is 'Build the Future' and this couldn't be more relevant to the thousands of apprentices working in the manufacturing sector, creating, innovating and making our future. In an average year, 8 in 10 manufacturers recruit an apprentice in thei…


❓ We ask, will 'Levelling Up' actually help manufacturers?

Our fourth policy campaign for 2022! And it is all about supporting UK manufacturers to operate without borders. Our Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU gives us the ability to do things differently and better suited economically.❓ Did you know - 4 in…


🚨 Inflationary pain might be here to stay

In this new section, we'll be sharing the recent conversations we've had with MPs, Government, and the Opposition, pushing our core campaign messages to the people that matter.🌍 Cross-party interest in how to boost manufacturing exports Listening in to us tal…