Survey launched to gauge Lancashire’s manufacturing sector

Manufacturing and engineering companies from across Lancashire are being invited to take part in a national survey to determine the key issues, opportunities and challenges for the sector.

The survey, being conducted by North West accountancy and business advisory firm Moore and Smalley, will seek to find out more about investment and recruitment intentions, as well as opportunities and barriers to business growth.

The survey, now in its fourth year, will feed into the national MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Survey and the results will be used to identify trends, opportunities and threats and, where appropriate, put pressure on government to take more action to support manufacturers and engineers.

Moore and Smalley is the North West member of MHA, a national association of independent accountants and business advisors.

Ginni Cooper, head of the manufacturing team at Moore and Smalley, said: “Positive messages have begun to emerge with cautious expectations for growth in the manufacturing and engineering sector in 2014.

“As specialist advisers to the sector we are inviting manufacturers and engineers across the UK to take part in our annual online survey. We are especially keen that as many North West based manufacturers and engineers take part as possible so that the results show a true picture of our region across the board.” Manufacturing and Engineering businesses can take part in the brief survey anonymously at Those completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a iPad Mini.