Economic Contribution & Growth Opportunities

01 June 2017

The FDF commissioned Grant Thornton to undertake this independent research project identifying both the opportunities available to manufacturers and the barriers to growth. This was done through the collation of the latest quantitative data and by speaking at length with FDF members to add a qualitative perspective. 


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Structure of this report

This report looks at the range of evidence through four different lenses, each of which
form a stand alone section:

  • The economic contribution of the sector
  • Skills
  • Innovation
  • Trade

In looking through each of these lenses the report focuses on the key findings that emerge
through the evidence. Each section ends with a series of recommendations based on the