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Manufacturers lay out agenda for next UK Government

22 September, 2014

•  include funding for innovation within an expanded science and innovation ring-fence, with a commitment to increase the combined budget in real terms by the end of the next Parliament;

•  commit sufficient funding to the existing network of Catapult Centres to ensure that they remain cutting-edge and work to encourage higher levels of engagement with SMEs;

•  develop a longer-term framework for regular assessment of the breadth of science and innovation support to ensure all schemes remain well-directed and adequately funded; and

•  increase funding for export initiatives and overseas in-country support.

Scuoler: a clear vision is needed

Infrastructure The Government needs to ensure that the UK is ahead of the curve in providing vital transport and digital capability as part of its long-term planning. It should:

•  commit to creating a UK Infrastructure Authority to strengthen analysis behind decisions on major infrastructure investments and support the decision-making process to ensure that the right plans are in place at the right time; and

•  implement the recommendations of the Airports Commission after the next election.

Energy and resource security The UK needs to put in place the planning, investment and technology needed to secure a competitively-priced energy supply and other natural resources for the future.

Staying in the EU According to EEF, 85% of UK manufacturers believe that the UK’s national interest will be best served by staying in a reformed EU, which is focused on trade, extending the free market and improving opportunities for growth in jobs and industry among all member states.

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