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SME Manufacturers and the Covid crisis

SME Manufacturers and the Covid crisis

We have surveyed 289 SME manufacturers applying for support through the Manufacturing Growth Programme during August and September 2020.

The survey data found that during the Covid crisis SME manufacturers have been squeezed between sharply weakening demand and poorer supplier performance.

The results clearly demonstrate the challenges faced by small manufacturers and the urgency of providing help to support supply chains. Specifically, through:

  • Helping manufacturers to diversify products and markets to rebuild demand
  • Help to build resilience by reviewing suppliers and securing better performance
  • Focused support for exporters in the face of weak demand and Brexit uncertainties.