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Climate-related extracts of ‘Spending Review 2020’: 25 November 2020

Green Industrial Revolution The recovery from Covid-19 must be green. SR20 provides funding for the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, which has set out the government’s vision to tackle climate change whilst simultaneously supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK. As transport is one of the highest-emitting sectors, SR20 prioritises investment to transition […]


Make UK action plan for recovery

Based on a survey of 198 companies during October Make UK is calling on the Government to bring forward a clear, long-term economic action plan which provides business and industry with a consistent strategy to help them steer a path through the long haul of the crisis.The survey showed a third of manufacturers see lockdowns as the biggest […]


NAO: widespread disruption still likely from 1st January

The National Audit Office has published its fourth report on UK preparedness for 1st January 2021, warning “it is very unlikely that all traders, industry and third parties will be ready for the end of the transition period, particularly if the EU implements its stated intention of introducing full controls at its border from 1 […]


UK car registrations fall in October

The SMMT reports 140,945 new cars were registered across Great Britain in October, a declined of -1.6% compared with the same month last year. The SMMT identifies the Welsh ‘firebreak’ as having accounted for more than half of the month’s shortfall against the previous year level. Sales of diesel powered cars were down -38% compared with […]


Economic Updates

October Manufacturing PMIs This bulletin contains details of the October manufacturing PMIs for the UK and Eurozone.    UK Manufacturing growth sustained in OctoberThe seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® fell slightly to 53.7 in October, from 54.1 in September, but remained well into the expansion zone, where it has now been for five consecutive months.Output growth […]


Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

In England, there will be a lockdown from Thursday 5 November 2020 requiring the closure of some businesses, including all non-essential retail and hospitality The Job Support Scheme, which was meant to start yesterday, will be postponed The Job Retention Scheme, which was meant to close on Saturday, will now be extended until December which means employees […]


Call for Digital Skills Task Force

A new Make UK/Sage analysis concludes that a digital skills account to provide employees with access to life-long learning is needed alongside a National Skills Taskforce to develop a digital skills programme. British manufacturing companies moved at speed  towards digitalisation when the pandemic struck, with nearly half switching to digital working practices within two weeks of […]


Latest Make UK Manufacturing Monitor

Make UK’s October edition of its Manufacturing Monitor updates key statistics from previous editions. The latest survey includes information on manufacturers’ furlough activities, redundancies, sales & orders, operating levels, and future expectations. Additionally, the survey has recorded initial views on the Government’s incoming Job Support Scheme. The number of manufacturers that have furloughed staff has […]


CBM supports call for UK and EU to secure deal

The CBM has added its weight to a call from Britain’s manufacturers and their European industry counterparts, urging the UK Government and European Commission to return to the negotiating table and find the way through to a deal. “While UK manufacturing is slowly recovering from the ongoing COVID crisis, essential to that recovery is the […]

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