Praise for manufacturing sector


There are only a few days left to enter the 2017 Cornwall Manufacturers Awards.

The UK is the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world, employing around 2.7 million people and accounting for 10% of national economic output.

Cornwall’s strong manufacturing industry is a valuable contributor to this dominant sector, delivering £800 million to the local economy annually and this year’s Cornwall Manufacturing Group Awards will see the success of these Cornish firms recognised by Mike Rigby, head of manufacturing at Barclays.

He said: “Our manufacturing sector is, and always has been, resilient and in the current climate of both economic and political uncertainty, it continues to deliver hard-earned results with production levels still in positive territory.

“Encouragingly, a recovering global economy and a weaker pound are helping order books look healthy and the promising levels of new investment that I see on my travels around the country, just like here in Cornwall, are filling me with confidence although rising cost pressures are still circling with intent and margins may become increasingly squeezed. However, UK manufacturers have traded through challenging conditions many times before and I have no doubt that they will again.

“I am delighted to be associated with the CMG awards event and that it is these key elements of export, investment, apprenticeships, innovation and community that are being recognised.”

Cornwall Manufacturing Group chairman, Eric Nicholls, added: “It’s a privilege to have Cornwall’s manufacturers recognised for their excellence by Barclay’s UK head of manufacturing and speaks volumes about the role Cornwall’s manufacturers play in the global market.”

Open to all manufacturers in Cornwall, the deadline for applications closes on September 8 with the awards ceremony at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay on November 2.

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