Manufacturing Matters — Autumn 2013

Manufacturing Matters is DLA Piper’s specialist publication providing a round-up of legal news, sector updates and commentary for clients and contacts engaged in the manufacturing sector.

In the CBI’s recent report on ‘Maximising the UK’s industrial opportunities’, the strong argument is that we, as the British manufacturing sector, need to be instrumental in shaping a long-term industrial strategy for growth — for both the benefit of the sector and the wider UK economy. While some of this can come from government, the report argues that we should draw upon our existing strengths in the sector and look to what we can improve on. It reasons that a lot can be learnt from our international counterparts, with countries such as Germany, the US and Singapore having long-term strategic approaches to industry, trade and investment in place — which are paying dividends.

One initiative revealed in June earlier this year is the multi-million-pound investment into engineering apprenticeships. David Cameron’s government has announced that apprenticeships are ‘at the heart of its mission to rebuild the economy’, with the plan to create careers for an additional 100,000 engineering technicians by 2018…

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