MAS puts up ‘onshoring’ examples

MASBradleyThe 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

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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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