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💥 National Manufacturing Day - what a day!

Manufacturing Mondays
Manufacturing Mondays
It was National Manufacturing Day last week, and what a day it was!
We recap the day’s events, its legacy and why we hope it will change the perception of the sector.
We also run through the key findings of our *new* report Decarbonising Manufacturing in partnership with Siemens.
TL;DR - Nearly half of manufacturers have implemented their decarbonisation plans despite challenging economic conditions, with over half driven by the rising cost of energy.
It’s a bumper edition today, happy Monday!

Celebrating National Manufacturing Day
“We don’t make anything in the UK anymore”
It’s fair to say this assumption was well and truly quashed last Thursday on National Manufacturing Day. After many many months of planning, we hosted the inaugural #NMD2022.
It was a day to celebrate the manufacturing sector and encourage local communities, the next generation, and the wider public to go and visit their local manufacturers to see what we make here in the UK.
The open house approach meant we had hundreds of employers opening their doors, sharing what they do, and inspiring the next generation. From factory tours, to lean manufacturing challenges, making bath bombs, to even cycling around an Industrial estate on an e-scooter - the day had it all!
Make UK National Manufacturing Day 2022
Make UK National Manufacturing Day 2022
We were also delighted to have cross-government support for #NMD2022, with MPs joining us across the country to learn about UK manufacturing.
Make UK National Manufacturing Day 2022
Make UK National Manufacturing Day 2022
Few could have predicted other external events that took place on #NMD2022, but it didn’t stop us from making a call to the Government / new Leader / incoming Government (delete as appropriate 👀 ) to set a 15% of GDP target for the sector.
When we asked manufacturers to pick the top three initiatives to help them grow their business in the next five years, companies put incentives for investment top of the list, with investment in apprenticeships second and stronger local industrial strategies coming in third place. 22% of companies surveyed told us that greater power for local leaders to make good local decisions for business was key.
To kick start growth ambitions across Britain’s manufacturing sector and give companies the confidence to make bigger and bolder decisions, the Government should:
  • Make the Annual Investment Allowance increase permanent
  • Expand the R&D tax relief scheme to include capital expenditure
  • Reform the Apprenticeship Levy to make it work better for business
  • Create a business rates scheme that helps, not hinders business investment decision
  • Deliver simple bespoke export support to businesses including improving access to local market knowledge in new export markets
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👏 Lastly, but by no means least, a BIG thank you to every manufacturer that got involved in #NMD2022.
Collectively we took a huge step in changing the perception of our industry, inspiring the next generation, and showing the importance of what we make to the Government.
So who is in for #NMD2023? 😉
Decarbonising Manufacturing
Today we’ve published our new research in partnership with Siemens on Decarbonising Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities.
It found that manufacturers have moved the decarbonisation of their businesses up the priority ladder despite unprecedented economic challenges, with eight in ten companies saying it is now of high or medium importance. 
Energy efficiency is seen as key to achieving decarbonisation
…with almost half of manufacturers (47%) telling us they have already adjusted their business practices to cut energy consumption in response to the energy price hikes in 2022. The outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine supercharged activity, with three-quarters of manufacturers speeding up energy efficiency and decarbonising measures. And just over a third of businesses surveyed said they had already saved money by decarbonising which resulted in improved productivity through streamlining processes.
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
Two in five companies found installing onsite renewable electricity or heat had helped mitigate against the high cost of grid-supplied energy and helped them meet decarbonisation goals.
However, manufacturers face barriers to decarbonise their operations
…with the cost of upgrading or replacing capital equipment (cited by 42% of manufacturers) topping the list. One in three (31%) said they were concerned about remaining cost competitive and the same number cited the rising costs of energy for fuel switching as the main barrier to change. 
A quarter are held back by the challenge of decarbonisation of transport and logistics, with 23% saying decarbonisation of their supply chains is a real challenge for them moving forward as they are not in direct control here. A lack of internal resources is an issue for some companies alongside a lack of appropriate skills.
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
Understanding and take up of Government support has been mixed
While there have been numerous strategies published by Government including, including the Net Zero strategy and the Industrial Decarbonisation strategy, there has been little or no, update or progress made against these. Lack of knowledge of available help is holding manufacturers back – just one in ten are even aware of the Government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, badged as the main driver for change.
We are therefore calling on Government to deliver regular updates on progress in order to help businesses understand the Government’s overall intentions and make investment decisions accordingly.
🤓 Read more:
📅 Or join us at #Transform2022, hosted by Siemens where we’ll be discussing all the report findings and recommendations: Transform 2022 | Events | Siemens United Kingdom
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
Make UK / Siemens: Decarbonising Manufacturing, 2022
We’re taking a short break next week so Manufacturing Mondays will be back w/c 1st Aug.
If you need your manufacturing fix, we recommend listening to The Manufacturer’s podcast recapping #NMD2022 👇
The Manufacturer Podcast: National Manufacturing Day Special - The Manufacturer
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Copy editor: Bhavina Bharkhada, Make UK Head of Policy & Campaigns
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