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Blog Post By Genevieve Lewis

Manufacturing Britain regaining trust

As Britain tackles physical storms as well as metaphorical storms in the form of Brexit, the strain on the NHS and the weak pound, companies across the country are moving manufacturing back to the UK, in order to tackle to price hikes caused by leaving the EU.

Skymark, a flexible print and packaging specialist, has two manufacturing sites in Scunthorpe and Ilkeston, taking pride in British engineering. Paul Neath, director of Skymark, explains: “The fallout from Brexit – including a weak pound and potential disruption to supply chains – means that many UK companies are starting to think about reversing the offshoring trend and bringing manufacturing back to the UK.

“By moving production to the UK, it eliminates the need to pay rising costs required by overseas suppliers and we’re starting to see this move bring new business opportunities in the print and packaging industry.”

Other blue-chip brands such as Cadbury (a British company, bought by an American confectionary company in 2010) are moving production back to Bournville from Poland.

I believe British companies should turn uncertainty into opportunity. While the details of Brexit are still unclear, Brexit gives the UK a host of new opportunities which could add significant value to business of all sizes

Neath continues: “Working with local suppliers in the UK offers a level of flexibility, responsiveness and co-operation that is difficult to achieve when sourcing from overseas. I also believe reshoring the manufacturing base will improve supply chains and lead to greater productivity, which has recently been talked about as a UK wide problem in the media.”

By bringing manufacturing back to Britain, not only the print industry, but all sectors in the country, could benefit from an economic boost. Neath concludes: “I believe British companies should turn uncertainty into opportunity. While the details of Brexit are still unclear, Brexit gives the UK a host of new opportunities which could add significant value to business of all sizes.”



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