Industrial Strategy

EEF has long called for the creation of an industrial strategy and now that one is here we are determined to make it a success for the sector. Below you'll find links to publications, blogs and other resources as part of this campaign.

Intro: This is what manufacturers think about the industrial strategy white paper

Overview - The UK's Productivity Puzzle - what's the deal

The Government's objective is to 'create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK' - read our overview of the current state of UK productivity.


What we’re working on

The industrial strategy is a working document with core elements still being developed and evolved. Our current focus is on:


Independent Industrial Strategy Council

Ensuring the Council cements business confidence in the strategy, enables more long-term policy making and is effective behind the scenes.

Our policy recommendations on what the council should do, and how, is available to read here.



SME Productivity Review

Addressing productivity barriers with real-life SMEs at the centre of the review process.



Local Industrial Strategy

Ensuring robust governance is in place to support local areas to play their part.



Sector Deals and Grand Challenges

Pushing Government to sign ambitious sector deals that enable industry sectors to achieve investment, innovation and growth ambitions.



Export Support Strategy

That takes into account globally barriers to trade and is fit for a post-Brexit economy.


The Government’s 5 foundations to boost productivity – useful resource blogs from the EEF team

Foundation 1 – Ideas

Creating the world's most innovative economy

The current state of process innovation within manufacturing

7 highlights from business R&D data in 2016 

Foundation 2 – People

Good jobs and greater earning power for all

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme... a career in engineering

10 key facts about apprenticeships and their importance and value to UK manufacturing

What do manufacturers think about T levels...and what exactly are they? 

Foundation 3 – Infrastructure

A major upgrade to the UK's infrastructure

UK manufacturers appraisal of infrastructure provision

How to make full fibre digital infrastructure a reality

Government gives green light to Heathrow new runway – what happens next? 

Foundation 4 – Business environment

The best place to start and grow a business

What's happening to manufacturing investment?

Transformative Sector Deal outcomes will need clear guidance from government 

Foundation 5 – Places

Prosperous communities across the UK

Time to double-down and roll out devolution to all of England

Transport is an enabler and should be the focus of devolution 

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