Stay In the EU, says EEF Manufacturers

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The EEF (Engineering Employers Federation) have published a comprehensive report that brings together the views of their manufacturing companies on the EU. They conclude as follows:  Messages for manufacturers  1. Be active in the debate on our future in Europe  Manufacturers want to hear from other businesses not just politicians on what Europe means to …

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Some Conference Suggestions

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One year ago, Danny Alexander launched the Lib Dem Campaign for Manufacturing at Brighton. At the Spring Conference in March, the motion ‘Creating a Strong Manufacturing Sector in a Strong Economy’ was passed. This autumn in Glasgow, the debate is turning towards how we build a sustainable long term economic recovery. If you’re at Conference, …

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UK Manufacturing grows at fastest pace for a year

The BBC has reported that UK manufacturing is making more due to growing orders and good domestic demand. While this good news is essentially a short term snapshot, it demonstrates UK’s manufacturing’s ability to drive both its own growth, and the growth of the UK economy. The Industrial Strategy, the 2 year 100% capital allowances …

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Financial Times backs Cable’s Industrial Strategy

Today’s FT has an editorial that sets out how Vince Cable is ‘Lifting Britain’ with his industrial strategy. The FT applauds his contribution as promising. The article continues: It is not quite yet a love affair, but the UK coalition government is definitely flirting with a more activist industrial policy. Ministers think the state’s involvement …

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Creating a Strong Manufacturing Sector in a Stronger Economy

This motion has been passed overwhelmingly by the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference, 10th March 2013. Conference welcomes the policy initiatives from Liberal Democrats in Government to support manufacturing and the positive contribution made by the ‘Liberal Democrat Campaign for Manufacturing’ group. In particular, conference welcomes:  a) The government funds made available through the Regional Growth …

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Making MORE in Britain – Gordon Birtwistle MP

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Over at Lib Dem Voice, Gordon Birtwistle MP sets out the Lib Dem’s record in advance of the Spring Conference motion to create a strong manufacturing sector in a stronger economy. The Lib Dem Campaign for Manufacturing had a hugely successful start, with the first campaign aim being implemented in the Autumn Statement.  Our proposal …

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Full Steam Ahead for Manufacturing

The government’s Manufacturing Summit this year has taken place today, 28th February, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. More than 200 manufacturing business leaders have joined Vince Cable and other Ministers to discuss latest progress on the Industrial Strategy and the next steps for the sector as government continues to put manufacturing at the …

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