Manufacturing needs a minister of its own

Export growth: Manufacturing dinner guests Trade Minister Lord Green, left, and James Newman with Nabarro's Martin McKervey.
Export growth: Manufacturing dinner guests Trade Minister Lord Green, left, and James Newman with Nabarro's Martin McKervey.
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LOCAL Enterprise Partnership chairman James Newman has called on the Government to appoint a Minister for Manufacturing.

Speaking at a manufacturing dinner, organised by law firm Nabarro and attended by Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green, he said: “We need a Minister for Manufacturing to give more focus to the sector which is a significant contributor to UK exports. While the Government understands large companies, I am less convinced that they know how the key supply chains work and the assistance they require.”

Lord Green praised Sheffield firms for ‘exporting their way out of the recession’.

Referring to a recent report in The Star that Sheffield Chamber of Commerce was processing 25 per cent more export documents for local firms, he said: “If we were able to replicate these figures across the country, then our economy would be in far better shape.

“To hit the Government’s export targets we need double digit growth between now and 2020; a big mountain to climb.”

Nabarro partner Martin McKervey said the firm’s series of manufacturing events brought people together who were responsible for the region’s export success and gave Lord Green the chance to meet and be quizzed by ‘people at the coal face’.