North West manufacturers call for ‘powerhouse’ industrial strategy

By Kerry

08 May 2017

North West manufacturers have called on the next Government to commit to a long-term ambitious industrial strategy as part of post-Brexit plans for growth.

In the manifesto, ‘Making the Future, making Britain Great’, EEF is urging a new government to use the opportunity to fully commit to a comprehensive industrial strategy, building on the momentum created by the surge in recent manufacturing performance in recent data including GDP and PMI figures.

He said: “Manufacturing industry must be at the heart of any new Government’s vision for a strong and successful economic plan for the UK.

“Leaving the EU is an opportunity for a new government to ensure the foundations of a comprehensive and ambitious industrial strategy are fully embedded.

Setting out the organisation’s key aims for a new Government EEF calls for:

  • A comprehensive industrial strategy to boost economic growth and social wellbeing across the UK driven by the office of the Prime Minister with all government departments accountable for delivery
  • An ambitious Brexit deal that retains the benefits of the single market and enables seamless trade between Britain and the EU with minimal cost to business
  • A new immigration system giving employers the ability to manage work permits ensuring they have access to the people and skills they need
  • A boost for innovation, enhancing research and development incentives and making a solid commitment to improve digital technology, including the expansion of fast broadband
  • A clear commitment to deliver the third runway at Heathrow and improve road and rail links
  • An extension of devolution deals across England with a focus on improving transport links

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