Production returning home to UK

Manufacturing has had it tough in the last few years, but things are now beginning to look brighter for the sector

More and more manufacturing firms are bringing their production lines back home to the UK, a new survey has revealed.

15% of SMEs are either in the process of bringing production back to British shores or have already done so, in comparison to just 4% last year.

Reasons stated for bringing production back home include bringing down costs (26%), improving quality (20%) and reduce lead times (18%). But despite reducing costs associated with production at home, the high cost of domestic labour still remains a barrier for many.

Steven Barr, head of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, said: “There is certainly a growing desire from our companies to take production home”.

“Buyers have realised that there is more to the ‘landing’ price than meets the eye, with delays in logistics and issues around quality adding a whole layer of hidden costs”, he concluded.

Business Minister, Michael Fallon, said: “These findings are another sign that the economy is heading in the right direction and that confidence is returning as we move from rescue to recovery”.

Invoice Finance for Manufacturers

As the UK economy continues to recover, opportunities are now emerging for manufacturing firms to take advantage of renewed business confidence and increasing order books.

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