EEF publishes spending review wish list

spendingreview300Ahead of the Chancellor’s spending review tomorrow (26 June), manufacturers are calling for four key actions to support the industry.

The manufacturers’ organisation, EEF, has set out its key priorities as:

  • improving support for applied research by putting science and innovation spending together in a combined ring-fence
  • supporting employers that are investing in apprenticeships by resting moves to push the cost of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds or lower level skills on to employers
  • building on recent efforts to transform the UK’s export performance by protecting recent increases in funding for UKTI
  • prioritising investment in the road network, prioritising projects in the Infrastructure pipeline that don’t have funding or addressing the backlog in local road maintenance

EEF added that the review must also “take action to address the growing concerns over rising energy prices, not just for energy-intensive industries but for a growing band of manufacturers, facing costs that are out of line with their competitors”.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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