There's much at stake following the Conservatives’ pledge to hold an in, out referendum on EU membership within two years. How will the referendum influence trade with the EU and investment and what are the prospects of reforming EU regulations, covering everything from employment of temporary workers to controls on the levels of fat, sugar and salt allowed in food and drink?
How should the next government foster Britain's biggest manufacturing sector? Food and drink firms also recognise that more support from government is crucial if they are to address the skills shortages they face. After all, the political climate has to be conducive if the industry is to create much needed career opportunities for the next generation of apprentices and graduates. Are all the conditions in place for the unfettered growth of your manufacturing business?
Grow export revenues
If the sector is to continue to innovate and grow export revenues for the nation, as sought by the last coalition government, it will need further assistance for capital investment and research and development to remain world class and at the cutting edge of manufacture. This is particularly true for small and medium-sized businesses, which will create many of tomorrow’s new jobs.
We would like you to share your views on these and other key topics affecting our sector by taking part in our annual online State-of-the-industry survey. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts with others in food and drink manufacturing and highlight key areas of concern.
To capture an accurate picture, while encouraging openness, the anonymity of all respondents is assured. And, as thank you for completing the survey, a draw will be made among respondents and £100 in Amazon vouchers will be presented to the winner.
The results of the survey and the winner of the draw will be published online at FoodManufacture.co.uk and in the July issue of our sister title Food Manufacture.
Please take part in the survey here.