Autumn Statement letter in The Daily Telegraph

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This letter appeared in today's edition of The Daily Telegraph


Innovation is vital for growth and a prosperous economy. It helps manufacturers satisfy existing customers, and enables the creation of new opportunities in fast-growing export markets. Innovation is complex and challenging however and manufacturing cannot do it alone.

Multiple barriers can prevent successful innovation, such as risk and insufficient access to facilities, expertise and finance. Government support for innovation, especially the new network of Catapult centres, is critical.

Although funding for innovation support through Innovate UK was increased at the Spending Review, it will not be enough. The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult must now see an increase in funding to expand capacity to work with more businesses and better engage with SMEs.

The recent Hauser review made clear the impact of the centres will ultimately depend on the amount government is prepared to invest in innovation. Growing the Catapult centres must go hand in hand with more resources for innovation support provided by Innovate UK. The science and innovation white paper in the forthcoming Autumn Statement must set out long-term funding for Innovate UK so it can maintain the breadth and scale of its existing programmes and grow the Catapult network in line with a balanced funding model.

Yours sincerely

Terry Scuoler, CEO EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation

Robert Marshall, CEO, Marshall Group

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens plc

Andrew Churchill, Managing Director, JJ Churchill

Stuart Fell, Chairman, Pressworks

Tony Pedder, Chair, Council of University of Sheffield

Phil Elliott, Managing Director, Booths Dispensers

Julian David, CEO, TechUK

Philip Law, Director General, British Plastics Federation

Melanie Leech, Director General, FDF

Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

Dale Wallis, Membership Director, British Printing Industries Association

Steve McQuillan, CEO, Avingtrans plc

Tom Brown, Chairman, Azuri Technologies Ltd

Jim Griffin, CEO, The Autins Group

Stephen Blatchford, CEO Chas A. Blatchford & Sons Ltd

Adam Weismann, Director, Clayworks


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