Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation has produced a Manufacturing manifesto to inform political parties in the run up to the December election - "Backing Manufacturers - The Makers Manifesto."

Manufacturers are at the forefront of industry, accounting for almost half of all exports. We employ almost three million people, in high quality jobs that pay around 13% more than the national average. So we play a central role as the country decides its future.

Our ambition for the manufacturing sector could not be greater. This manifesto outlines our members’ priorities and provides real solutions that we stand ready to work with Government to implement. We want to see an effective industrial strategy providing a framework for a smart future, a dynamic workforce, world class infrastructure and regulatory reform that enables us all to thrive.