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.



At a glance: EEF Industrial Strategy policy digest
The Government's first draft industrial strategy was a strong start, but there are some gaps. In this policy digest we set out what these five gaps are and why they need to be filled.

 Lee Hopley Listen: EEF Manufacturing on the Hop Podcast - Industrial Strategy Episode
A ten minute overview of what we think about industrial strategy and why it is important, and an exploration of some of the main gaps that need to be filled in the final draft of the strategy later this year.

Read: EEF’s submission to Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation
EEF have welcomed the renewed focus of industrial strategy from the government and while the intent and the foundations of the strategy outlined in the green paper have garnered support from manufacturers, there are some missing elements to the framework which we would wish to see addressed in the forthcoming white paper and we outline in our submission.


Manufacturer? Tell us your view – what would make a difference to your success?
You can tell us what you think about industrial strategy by email: or Twitter: @EEF_Economists

Our view on the 10 industrial strategy pillars


What's missing in the industrial strategy?

The industrial strategy has landed – our initial overview

Industrial strategy: we break it down and ask for your views

 Pillar 1: Science, research and innovation Innovation at the heart of UK Industrial Strategy
 Pillar 2: Developing Skills Skills in the spotlight in Government's Industrial Strategy
 Pillar 3: Upgrading infrastructure

The quality of infrastructure networks are still getting worse say manufacturers

The importance of infrastructure to UK manufacturing

Will the industrial strategy sort out infrastructure?


 Pillar 4: Supporting businesses to start and grow  
A strategic approach to supporting growing businesses
 Pillar 5: Improving procurement  
 Pillar 6: Encouraging trade and FDI
Trade and investment – please, businesses, can we have some more?
 Pillar 7: Affordable energy and clean growth Delivering affordable energy and clean growth - what needs to happen next?
 Pillar 8: Cultivating world leading sectors

Transformative Sector Deals outcomes will need clear guidance from government

Five burning questions about sector deals that the Industrial Strategy green paper does not answer

How to approach putting together a Sector Deal

 Pillar 9: Driving growth across the country

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

Fixing place based challenges with an industrial strategy

Pillar 10: Bringing together sectors [8] and places [9] Do we need more institutions at the local level to support sectors?



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