Manufacturing for our future
The UK joinery industry has operated at the very heart of the UK Manufacturing Sector for as long as we have had one - the sector today has a turnover of around £3.8 billion. Our 5,000 manufacturing firms employ some 50,000 individuals (not including sub-contractors and temporary workers) and are constantly innovating to meet ever intensifying cost pressures and environmental, durability and fire safety requirements of customers and consumers alike.
Despite positive steps in the Construction Strategy 2025, late payment continues to add to finance worries and constrain investment – it is wrong that the main culprits are still being awarded public sector contracts. Along the supply chain we see that skills shortages and an inability to stick to the specification risk becoming major issues in undermining the performance and use of our innovative products – a recent report from the Zero Carbon Hub (ZCH) on Design versus as Built Performance found skills inadequacies on 89% of sites and isolated that on sites investigated product was substituted on site without due regard for impact on energy performance.
To instill confidence needed to drive investment we need to see:
- Genuine government focus on growth
- Recognition and support from government as an innovative and vital part of the manufacturing sector
- Effective and flexible finance options aimed at supporting investment and managing payment issues