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Manufacturers urged to have their say on life after Brexit

14 January 2021

Small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of the latest Manufacturing Barometer.

Organised by SWMAS (The South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), the country’s largest survey of its kind is looking to find out how companies are coping with the early months of life after leaving the EU and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings will be used to inform future government policy and support, so input from as many SME manufacturers as possible is vital to provide an understanding of current conditions and what is needed to enable future sector growth.

More than 500 businesses are expected to participate this quarter, and if you are an SME manufacturer who would like to get involved, the survey can be accessed here

Nick Golding, Managing Director of SWMAS, explained: “The Barometer is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their specific needs and call for assistance that accelerates COVID-19 recovery and enables future growth.

“Last quarter, 47% of respondents were unable to predict how the end of the EU transition period would affect their COVID-19 recovery plans...we want to find out how this has changed now that the Brexit deal is done. 

“The Barometer also aims to uncover how SME manufacturers expect trade to be impacted now Britain has left the EU and what further clarity and support is required to help businesses adapt accordingly.” 

Martin Coats, Managing Director of the Manufacturing Growth Programme, concluded: “These are all really important questions and will give us the first clear view of some of the initial Brexit teething problems and what might need to be done to overcome them.

“Over 98% of English manufacturing businesses are SMEs, who play a significant role in our economy. Therefore it is essential that we get a valuable insight from firms across the sector and the Barometer will help us to do just that.”

This quarter’s Manufacturing Barometer survey will remain open until 4pm on Friday 22nd January, with results published in early February. 

To take part in the survey, please visit

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