National Manufacturing Barometer Report (Q2 2021)

WHAT IS THE  MANUFACTURING BAROMETER? A quarterly survey, exclusively for small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers, to uncover past performance and future expectations across the sector, allowing us to map these core trends over time. In addition, our 'Special Focus' asks questions around a different topic of interest each quarter, to further understand the specific impact it may have on these businesses.  HOW IS THIS  INFORMATION USED? We document this valuable data as a quarterly report that is shared with national and regional government representatives, to help call for future sector support that addresses the needs specific needs of SME manufacturers.

Thank you to the 405 SME businesses who contributed this quarter - each and every response helps to build an accurate picture of the UK's manufacturing industry.

Reporting on July, August, and September 2021 - surveyed in October 2021

What does this quarter's report reveal?
Encouragingly, for the first time in over a year, the percentage of respondents trading at increased levels is higher than the percentage who reported reduced trade (when compared to their pre-covid position). However, supply chain issues are still impacting SME manufacturers. These challenges, alongside problems retaining and recruiting staff, are affecting their ability to meet heightened demand.

The full report can be accessed below...

Q2 2021 Manufacturing Barometer - National Report.pdf