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    • Daniel Kirmatzis
      For the next edition of The Manufacturer Magazine I am researching a piece on the impact Covid-19 has had on manufacturing supply chains for UK businesses. The article will explore the challenges and issues UK manufacturers experienced/are experiencing as a result of Covid-19 and examine the strategies to overcome these issues for the future.  I would be keen to speak with supply chain managers and others in UK manufacturing businesses to gain insights into these issues. We can anonymise names in the article. Please either send me a private message on the Community or email d.kirmatzis@hennikgroup.com so we can discuss a good time to talk. Thank you.
    • Martyn Moore
      You're welcome, Daniel. I was simultaneously posting a broader question together with a poll. Made in Britain provides support in sales, marketing, PR/comms and exports and John Pearce and I are here to engage with manufacturers. We're not prospecting but we are very keen to get a feeling for the views on marketing and the competency of manufacturers in these areas. I'm sure we will get a wide range of views. Let's hope for some interaction.
    • Daniel Kirmatzis
      @Martyn @John Pearce MiB Really important topic to get manufacturers talking about. The recent evidence given to the International Trade Committee https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/covid-19-likely-fallout-and-how-manufacturers-are-preparing/ discussed the ideas of reshoring or onshoring in light of Covid19.  I think we will find a huge rethink of supply chains in the UK as we start the recovery. Whilst it may cost marginally more to make components in the UK we have some excellent SMEs who should be supplying into medium and large UK manufacturers and will have proved what they can achieve in their efforts to make PPE during the pandemic. I hope others will join this discussion. Thanks for posting Martyn. Best regards, Daniel.  
    • Martyn Moore
      Maybe I should have asked, "How important is marketing/comms in your manufacturing business?"
    • Martyn Moore
      Hello there. I'm the content editor for the Made in Britain organisation. I moderate member-created news stories on the website, write our own original news, make the occasional video and provide customer support for members alongside other Made in Britain colleagues. Made in Britain exists to help buyers recognise British-made products and to provide support for members in sales, marketing, PR and export. For some reason we are experiencing a bit of a growth spurt at the moment. We always try not to be jingoistic or too political but we do believe that buying from British manufacturers is good for the planet and the economy, so we do promote it. I'm here to learn more about manufacturing; I started work in a factory in 1977 but I think a lot has changed since then. Or has it? I'm particularly interested in how British manufacturers market themselves and how important provenance is in that marketing mix.
    • John Pearce MiB
      (full disclosure)..*more than ever, and def more than 3 months ago* - but I would say that, wouldn't I?  If growth in SME maker membership and increase in the media reach of #UKMFG / #madeinbritainhour is anything to go by,  April and May suggest more businesses are wanting to emphasise their provenance and more of the general public are asking "Where is this from?" People want to insist that PPE products (in short supply in those month) should be made closer to where they are needed! 
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