On Monday 23rd January the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released a substantial green paper setting out the governments approach to reforming British industry. This green paper set out 10 broad-ranging 'pillars' that together constitute the departments Industrial Strategy.
Several of these pillars, and the detail in the governments green paper, build significantly upon the recommendations within the Manufacturing Commissions last report on 'Industrial Evolution'authored by Prof. Steve Evans of the Institute for Manufacturing and Chi Onwurah MP the shadow minister for Industrial Strategy. Some of the recommendations, especially around energy efficiency, decarbonisation, and publicly funded R&D, are addressed significantly by the government.Read more
Lord Bilimoria, entrepreneur and chair of the Manufacturing Commission, writes today in The New Statesman that the prime minister should prioritise single market membership and freedom of movement to guarantee growth and prosperity for the British manufacturing sector.Read more
There were no big surprises from the chancellor in his first (and last) Autumn Statement, but he presented a measured plan with the focus on re-establishing long-term stability for the economy. After the shocks of Brexit, and the continuing instability in the economy, talk of long term investment and industrial strategy will be welcome news to many manufacturers.Read more
Chris White MP, the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG), opened a debate in parliament on industrial strategy by backing the British manufacturing sector and calling for the strategy to recognise the long-term benefits of the UK’s strengths in Industry 4.0 – the increasing trend towards data enabled and automated manufacturing and services. As chair of the APMG and member of the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee Chris has long been a supporter of an over-arching and coherent industrial strategy.Read more
The APMG teamed up with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skills and Education to host a brilliantly informative event on the Manufacturing-Skills system in Germany. Chaired by APMG vice-chair John Stevenson MP, the discussion ranged from the current issues facing the apprenticeship system in the UK, to the role of the German Chamber of Commerce, to the potential for a skills-gap to develop in light of the UK exiting the EU. Read more here....
A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (APGDA) was launched at an event in Portcullis House, chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP the group promises to be a hub for 'Big Data' policy activities in Westminster. There are three pillars to the group. First, what can be done to help UK business prosper, aid investment decisions and define the boundaries of competition. Second, to inform and empower the public on the collection and use of personal data, so they are willing participants in the new age. Third, to develop a world class education division to deliver a skills base to give the UK a leading role in the worldwide use and exploitation of data. Read more here...
This July, the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group held its much-anticipated summer reception in the Houses of Parliament. Speakers included: David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury; Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment, and Intellectual Property; and Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, Chair of EEF.
To find out more, please visit our event page below.Read more
Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, a cross-bench peer, has expressed his delight at joining the Manufacturing Commission as its new Chair.
With a background in manufacturing, and co-founder of Cobra Beer, an Indian beer brand manufactured in the United Kingdom and China, Lord Bilimoria is looking forward to getting involved with the research of the Commission.Read more
The Manufacturing Commission launched its newest inquiry report, 'Industrial Evolution: Making British Manufacturing Sustainable', ahead of the Paris COP21 talks, in which it outlines vital measures that government and industry should take to ensure that British manufacturing is here to stay.
Find out more about the report and download it on the link below.Read more
The All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) exists to encourage the exchange of knowledge and understanding between Parliament and the UK's diverse manufacturing industries, helping to raise the profile of manufacturing both inside and outside of Parliament.