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the Trend of Re-Shoring British Manufacturing

I am grateful to Emma Heath of GrowthAccelerator for this powerful evocation of British manufacturing capability. Go to http://bit.ly/1nuwQ7W to read her original blog post.

For many years the low costs associated with manufacturing in the Far East and Eastern Europe have tempted many British manufacturers to move their processes abroad, something that is known as ‘offshoring’. However we are now seeing a trend known as ‘reshoring’ develop, whereby manufacturers are bringing their production back to the UK. Latest statistics from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer show that last year 11 per cent of England’s manufacturing SMEs brought production back to the UK, compared to just 4 per cent that offshored.

MAS_reshoring

Many businesses are now realising that whilst the ‘landing’ price of offshoring may appear attractive initially, once factors such as delays in logistics and issues around quality are taken into consideration, an entire layer of hidden costs may become visible. The MAS Barometer revealed that these areas are the main focus for those firms looking to move production, with 26 per cent citing a reduction in cost as their main driver, whilst 20 per cent cited improved quality and 18 per cent shorter lead times. These factors, combined with the increasing labour and shipping costs in developing economies, are leading firms to realise the growing benefits of manufacturing in the UK.

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The benefits can also be seen in the UK’s wider economy, with the possibility of reshoring leading to the creation of more jobs and driving economic growth. For those firms who have brought their manufacturing process back to the UK in the past twelve months, 68 per cent have reported an increase in sales.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Prime Minister David Cameron shared his ambition for the UK to become a ‘re-shore’ nation, and announced that the expertise of UK Trade and Investment and MAS would be brought together to create ‘Reshore UK’. The purpose of this new service will be to provide tailored support for businesses that want to capitalise on the opportunities of reshoring, with each company having a dedicated individual to help them.

For more information on how Reshore UK could help your business, contact the Manufacturing Advisory Service on 0845 658 9600

Top tips: How SMEs can grow their business in 2014 | GrowthAccelerator

 

Have a read of the latest blog from GrowthAccelerator

Top tips: How SMEs can grow their business in 2014 | GrowthAccelerator.

GrowthAccelerator Congratulate Their Coaches

Heather Regan, Growth Coach and Mentoring Exec, Grant Thornton has thanked GrowthAccelerator for their hard work in successfully delivering the programme to over 10,000 businesses. “It’s a milestone”, she said.  “And one that wouldn’t have been possible without Growth Coaches delivering business support and being ambassadors for the GrowthAccelerator service”.

“The diversity of GrowthAccelerator businesses is reflected in the diversity of our Growth Coach community and demonstrates you’re championing the service to the industries and sectors in which you work. To see that 92% of clients are satisfied with their Growth Coach is fantastic and is a credit to your expertise, experience and professionalism”.

GrowhtAccelelorator is celebrating it’s 10,000 SME client this month. The programme is available to any business in England that employs fewer than 250 staff and has a credible growth plan.  The programme offer expert busuness analysis, coaching and management development progtrammes through a qualified and experiwnced network of coaches, mentors and trainers.  For more information contact me on martin.parry@mgba.co.uk  or complete the form below

Small Business Saturday

I am grateful to Emma Heath at GrowthAccelerator for the article below about Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday started in the US in 2010 and since then it has become an established commercial holiday;  in 2012 it generated $5.5 (£3.5) billion in sales for small businesses. Small Business Saturday is all about encouraging everyone to support small businesses both on the day and beyond, and tomorrow the Brits are joining the party on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with Saturday 7th December 2013 marking the first Small Business Saturday UK.

It may be surprising to learn that 99.2 per cent of businesses in the UK are classified as small, accounting for 4.8 million businesses with over 1.4 million employees. Yet as we rush on with our ever busy lives, complimented by the substantial marketing spend of large organisations it is all too easy for people to forget about the small businesses that help support the local economy.

Shopping with a small business not only helps that business grow, but leads to many indirect benefits too. Whilst some of these may be obvious, such as helping increase the sense of community and encouraging more businesses to occupy empty premises on the high street, what may be less obvious is that it could actually increase your house price. A study by American Express found that houses near town centres which are full of prospering small businesses, have increased by an average of £40,000 over the past 10 years- this is 17 per cent higher than the rise in growth of comparable areas with proportionally fewer independent traders.

So tomorrow when you’re buying your weekly shop or purchasing some Christmas gifts remember to support small businesses, whether that be on the high street or online. You can also show your support of Small Business Saturday UK online by:

  • Following @SmallBizSatUK and tweeting about the day using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK
  • Liking the Small Business Saturday UK Facebook page
  • Sharing ‘selfie’ photos of you at a small business’ premises with Small Business Saturday UK on Twitter and Facebook

Author Emma Heath

Original Blog: http://www.growthaccelerator.com/blog/small-business-saturday-uk/

Luke Warm NAO Report on Local Growth

A report has been published by the National Audit Office (NAO) that looks into the funding and structures for local economic growth. The report highlighted that it is not yet possible to evaluate whether Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Enterprise Zones, City Deals, the Growing Places Fund and the Regional Growth Fund are providing value for money.

This is partly because there is no system in place to measure outcomes or  performance across the different measures introduced to promote local growth.

Furthermore, the NAO criticised the slow pace at which new local growth programmes were introduced, with the first City Deals only agreed in February 2012. As a result, Government spending on local growth and job creation dipped significantly in 2012/13, although it is expected to rise again in 2014/15.

Sc: National Audit Office

Sc: MGBA, UKBA

Growth Accelerator Hits 10,000

The GrowthAccelerator programme of developmental support for SME’s announced, this week, that it now supports 10,000 businesses throughout England.  Businesses supported are of all industrial sectors.  Obviously the GrowthAccelerator team of managers and coaches are delighted with this number but more important is the stat that states that 96% of participating companies are experiencing positive benefits from taking part.

Sc: http://www.growthaccelerator.com/blog/growthaccelerator-reaches-10000-businesses-2/


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