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A tough time for manufacturers


West Midlands manufacturers are calling on the Government to work with industry and take whatever steps are necessary to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on international supply chains. Concerns have arisen following a


survey by manufacturers’ organisation Make UK and the business advisory firm BDO LLP, which has revealed a steep drop in exports for manufacturers UK wide. According to the survey, West Midlands manufacturers have had a mixed start to the year, with indicators highlighting the continued difficult situation affecting the automotive sector and the initial impacts of the Covid-19 on supply chains. Make UK and BDO added the


true impact of Covid-19 may not yet have been recorded but the next few weeks should shed some light on how the sector is responding to disruptions that are set to send shockwaves through industry supply chains. According to the Q1


Manufacturing Outlook survey, taken before the recent escalation of the economic situation, output and total orders improved from the


very weak picture in the final quarter of last year to both minus eight per cent respectively, however this remained significantly below the UK average overall. The negative balance of total


orders reflects the continuing weak picture for both domestic and export orders (-13 per cent and -14 per cent respectively). UK-wide, export orders have


plunged into negative territory for the first time in three years. According to Make UK this makes it critical for manufacturers that a positive trade deal is agreed with the EU.


Charlotte Horobin, Make’s Midlands regional director, said: “After the rollercoaster ride of the last twelve months and a series of stockpiling highs and investment lows the election result had at least provided some degree of political certainty and a prospect of a return to cyclical economic normality, but the escalation of Covid-19 is likely to knock that off course. “Now it is vital that Government


works with industry to limit the damage to industry and take whatever steps are necessary to safeguard skills in particular.”


Promotions at law firm


Promotion: New directors from left Sam Tibbetts, Michelle Adams and Kate Bailey


Squire Patton Boggs’ Birmingham office has promoted four of its senior lawyers to director, as well as making two senior appointments. Victoria Jeacock and Kate Bailey (Pensions), Michelle Adams (Real Estate


Litigation) and Sam Tibbetts (Intellectual Property & Technology) comprise this year’s cohort of newly promoted directors, while Glyn Ryland and Vivien Cockerill join The Trustee Corporation Limited, Squire Patton Boggs’ professional trustee business. Nick Green, office managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Birmingham, said: “I would like to congratulate our new directors on their well-deserved promotions and welcome Glyn and Vivien to the firm. “Whether our lawyers are homegrown or have joined us from other firms,


we are focused on creating the right climate to enable them to flourish and establish long and successful careers. We wish them every continued success.”


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