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British manufacturers report sharp increase in demand

Published 15th June, 2010 by Neil Nixon

British manufacturers report sharp increase in demand

An increase in orders boosted manufacturers in the cleaning industry for the second quarter of 2010, as the brightening economic picture provided good news for the sector.

In the quarterly assessment released by manufacturing organisation the EEF, there were also predictions that the sector’s output will rise 3.5% in both 2010 and 2011, after contracting more than 10% in 2009.

The survey of 547 companies saw 30% reporting rising output with 38% reporting rising orders - the highest since records began 15 years ago. However, the manufacturers questioned remain anxious about the depth of government support, a volatile global economy and the willingness of banks to provide credit.

Export sales figures also rose by a record high 23%, as companies cited support from a weaker pound, which helps to make goods more competitive in foreign markets. The survey also revealed that so far the recovery in manufacturing is broad-based and balanced across all sectors and regions.

Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “The second quarter figures are very encouraging, and we hope that British manufacturing is on its way to becoming a key driver of our economy once again. Manufacturers in our industry will be following the coalition government’s first budget on 22 June very closely, in what will be their first opportunity to show that they are backing up encouraging rhetoric with policies that will help to boost competitiveness and provide support for mid-market and smaller businesses.”

The British Cleaning Council’s autumn conference will consist of sessions on maximising opportunities arising from the economic recovery and fostering growth in the British manufacturing sector.

Further details on the day are available from the British Cleaning Council website:

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