In a recently released open letter, the Make it in Great Britain Industry Champions campaign has called on the UK to get behind British manufacturing. The letter reads, ‘With support from individuals, businesses and the media, we want to challenge the idea that ‘Britain doesn’t make anything anymore’ – an outdated view that restricts investment, finance and recruitment, to one of our economy’s most vital sectors.

‘Current perceptions of the UK manufacturing industry are out of date and do not fairly represent the lively, dynamic sector that has developed. The industry has undergone a transformation over the last 60 years, but the views held by young people, the general public, potential investors and customers do not reflect the reality. We’re calling on the media to help us to dispel these misconceptions, by backing Make it in Great Britain.

‘As individuals proud to be working in this sector, we know that the poor image of manufacturing affects business decisions to invest and banks’ decisions to finance. On the recruitment side, we often struggle to find the talented people needed to take the industry forward. That’s why we’re standing together to shine a light on the industry that is worth approximately £130bn a year and employs 2.5 million people – and that’s why we’ve called on young talent to put forward their most innovative ideas as part of our recently launched challenge.

‘In addition to the government’s financial investments into the industry, we believe that it is vital that we demonstrate the capability of UK manufacturing and its creativity and competitive standing. To help to achieve this, we are opening our doors to the UK media to come and visit our manufacturing centres to see firsthand how dynamic and innovative UK manufacturing really is.

‘With your support we can ensure that the industry attracts lucrative investment and the brightest talent possible to enable Britain to continue excelling as one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations.’