Manufacturing success – don’t hide it away
By Anthony Clark
Posted 10 July 2012
Last week I visited Nylacast in Leicester – an interesting and highly enjoyable trip that reminded me of a common problem, albeit one that doesn’t burden Nylacast. SMEs in the UK are generally highly reluctant to talk about their successes.
It was actually the team at Nylacast that mentioned this ‘shyness’, rightly pointing out that it doesn’t protect your order book [your competitors will already know what you’re up to] but it does needlessly limit profile building.
If manufacturing – and specifically engineering-based manufacturing – is to help rebalance the economy then success stories from the sector need to be told… they need to be placed in the public domain.
“We can’t find suitably qualified staff,” is a common complaint from UK employees but why are school leavers and those choosing qualification going to view manufacturing as a potential career if the best of it is kept under wraps?
Here in the UK we have a history of great engineering and we can also boast world-beating manufacturing, and yet all this remains largely shrouded from the public gaze because of some misguided view that to publicise successes will alert your competition to what you’re doing. If they’re any good they’ll know… just as you know what they’re up to.
So come on UK Plastics – don’t be shy. Contact PRW and tell us what you’re doing. We know it’s far from being all doom and gloom, despite what the mainstream media might suggest, so let’s hear about it.
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