Overseas sales are driving strong growth from UK manufacturers in the first quarter, says Andy Traynor senior investment executive, of fund manager FW Capital.
He said the sector has reported positive results in terms of orders with factory output on course to increase by two per cent this year, beating the 1.5 per cent growth forecast for the wider economy.
FW Capital is sponsoring the Manufacturer of the Year at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which is open for applications for a further fortnight.
Andy said: “A thriving manufacturing industry is crucial to a healthy economy and that is particularly true in Lancashire where manufacturers are a key part of the community.
“The latest data shows there is demand for British products across the globe and, as a result, manufacturers are looking to continue recruiting which can only be good for the economy. We are delighted to be supporting the BIBAs through our sponsorship of its Manufacturer of the Year category and we are looking forward to meeting some of the best of the region’s manufacturing businesses.”
The Manufacturer of the Year is one of 18 prize categories which are open for applications to businesses across Lancashire until April 6.
FW Capital is the latest sponsor to join a stellar line-up backing this year’s BIBAs which has sponsorship opportunities available for other categories.
If you are interested in partnering with the awards known as “the one they all want to win”, contact the BIBAs team on 01772 653000.
In 2017, the winners of the Business of the Year category, Burnley-based refrigerated vehicle specialist, CoolKit, also collected the Manufacturer of the Year award, while Preston-based Sunshine Events also winning two categories, Employer of the Year and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Fox Brothers, which is headquartered in Poulton-le-Fylde, was the winner of the Construction Business of the Year, with Blackburn non-profit making body, Community and Business Partners, winning the Third Sector of the Year category.
For full details of the awards up for grabs at the BIBAs 2018, visit its official website at www.thebibas.co.uk.