Klarius Group Ltd

Klarius Group Ltd

February 02, 2011 05:35 ET

The UK Government Risks Wasting GBP 50 Million on an 'Advisory Service' That UK Manufacturing Does Not Need

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2011) -

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Commenting on government plans to fund the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) which provides guidance to industry, to the tune of £50 million over three years, 'Entrepreneur of the year' Klarius Group Chairman Tony Wilson states,

"SMEs and larger manufacturers that are still in business today have survived: recessions, currency fluctuations, fuel price hikes, unhelpful employment law and artificially supported competition from overseas – they do not need another publically funded group of 'advisors'. What is needed; is for banks to support business, the removal of red tape and government to help create a level playing field with imports into the EU."

While it can't be said that manufacturing industry isn't (rightfully) in the public eye again, supporters of the present government feel that while they have been making the right noises, their actions don't cut to the nature of how government can help business.

Government departments seem to constantly underestimate UK business and try to provide 'support and advice' when companies already know what they are doing. Manufacturing companies simply require political power to be used to change policy, and the law, to help them do business, not tell them 'how to do business'.

Business minister Mark Prisk, having started a review into how the UK can grow advanced manufacturing, titled the 'Growth Review Framework for Advanced Manufacturing', announced a cash fund of £50 million over three years for the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), to advise UK manufacturing industry on 'how to improve productivity and competitiveness'.

"A 'Manufacturing Advisory Service' is likely to a greater or lesser degree, to be both patronising and wasteful, its advisers are not likely to know more than companies know themselves, and passing on that knowledge in any useful way such as face-to-face meetings is not practical in terms of time or logistics."

"Government should work with manufacturing companies such as Klarius and then go away and change policy to genuinely support them. Don't give another GBP 50 million of tax payer's money to an advisory council that UK manufacturing does not need!"

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