EEF in Autumn Statement call

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Yorkshire and Humber manufacturers are calling for a massive boost to infrastructure and innovation in the Autumn Statement to lay foundations for longer-term economic growth.

The call was made by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in its submission to Government.

It focuses on areas for supply side reform which will influence investment plans by manufacturers, as well as the need to maintain a strongly competitive and stable business tax regime.

EEF Yorkshire and Humber region director, Andy Tuscher, said: “We have seen a significant turnaround in the economy over the last year, and it is important for the Government to maintain its focus on areas which drive growth.

“Manufacturers are also heavily reliant on road networks. Implementation of those projects left on the ‘too difficult’ list for too long is an urgent priority.

“Government has created a network of innovation centres which bring industry and universities together as a seed-bed for new ideas and business opportunities.

“I hope that support for these Catapult centres will be enhanced.”