Klarius Group Ltd

Klarius Group Ltd

December 01, 2010 18:46 ET

Manufacturing Leaders Call for Level Playing Field to Secure Growth

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2010) - Tony Wilson Chairman of UK owned global automotive component manufacturing and distribution leader Klarius Group has been joined by other industry leaders in calling for the coalition government to create a 'level playing field' to help domestic manufacturing industry continue to pull the UK out of recession.

Featuring on Jeff Randall's popular live business and economics comment show on Sky News Tony Wilson provided reaction to today's news that GDP figures showed UK manufacturing industry had achieved a strong one percent growth in the third quarter of 2010.

Joining other industry news pointing towards an economic rebound in Europe, Jeff Randall posed the question that many commentators are now asking as the coalition government's honeymoon period comes to a close: if government is serious about relying on manufacturing industry to keep employment figures up and earn the UK out of recession, what can government do to help?

"We have been manufacturing in the UK for hundreds of years, and we are still good at it, what we haven't had is consistency, or a political framework that has recognised the value and stability manufacturing industry brings to an economy. The Germans for example have been far better at doing this."

"We support the current government but what we don't have is a level playing field - where UK manufacturing companies are given the same market opportunity as poor quality cheap imports to compete even in our own domestic market. The UK government needs to listen, UK industry knows what is needed to succeed; we need practical assistance such as common sense liability protection laws, the removal of red-tape, and legislation to give UK manufactured goods an easier route to market than they currently have."

Political support for UK manufacturing is certainly flavour of the month and today's events have shown that it is giving industry leaders a stronger voice. What remains to be seen is; will the political promise of a government less concerned with inter-party politics and more focussed on the task of directing the country towards ridding itself of debt and building a firm platform for growth make it from talking-the-talk, to walking-the-walk.

The Klarius Group has invited David Cameron to spend a day-in-the-life of a UK manufacturing business in order to learn about the practical and pragmatic ways that government can make a difference.

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