The government funded Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has put up evidence from two manufacturers in the south east of England to support the suggestion from its recent ‘barometer’ survey that a quarter of manufacturers in the region are now considering or planning to bring back production from overseas to the UK.
Colin George, managing director at Buckinghamshire-based rotisserie barbecues manufacturer Rotigrill, says: “As a small, family-owned business I am unable to buy in bulk from China and the cost of travel, shipment and rectifying quality issues means that I can achieve better manufacturing and quality control within the UK.”
David Bradley (pictured), managing director at the eponymously named engineering and remote control solutions specialist may be a step ahead of others having never moved any production from the Brockenhurst, Hampshire-based firm abroad. He says “I am not surprised at this sea change of opinion; I know labour costs can be higher in the UK but there are many drawbacks to offshoring.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013