The Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey that charts the experiences of English SME manufacturers. It is the largest survey of its kind and has informed both government industrial strategy and the national debate on manufacturing. It regularly features in both national and regional media.
Run by SWMAS since 2009 in the South West of England, the Manufacturing Barometer records trends in employment, turnover and investment. Each quarter, a ‘special focus’ explores an issue in greater depth. In the past this has included issues such as productivity, overseas production and energy efficiency.
The Prime Minister referenced statistics from the focus on overseas production in a speech he made to the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2014 to mark the launch of ‘Reshore UK’. This programme supports English Manufacturers who wish to bring production back from abroad.
Since 2012 the Manufacturing Barometer has covered the whole of England, and produced a report in partnership with the Manufacturing Advisory Service, now part of the Business Growth Service. Companies are able to use this to compare themselves against other firms within their sector or region.