Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014 on 12:37 pm

Yorkshire manufacturers experience record high demand in orders

Manufacturing

The outlook has never been brighter for manufacturers in the Yorkshire and Humber as they report high demands as well as rising outputs and headcounts in the first quarter.

According to a survey conducted by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and Leeds-based business advisors BDO LLP, 47% of local manufacturers reported order growth in the first three months of the year.

It’s the strongest reading ever recorded for the first quarter, which typically has the lowest trading levels, and sits above the peak demand level for four years.

The recent findings indicated that Yorkshire is on course to mirror the UK as a whole, where the recovery is well underway and key indicators such as output, orders, employment and investment intentions are approaching or have already hit record highs.

Andrew Tuscher, EEF director of the Yorkshire Region, said: “Here in Yorkshire it looks like we’re well and truly steaming down the right road. Manufacturers are clearly feeling more confident as their order books fill up and exports are strong.

“It is now vital that Government does all that it can to underpin support for companies, giving manufacturers the confidence to fulfil their investment and recruitment plans.”

322 companies responded to the survey, which was conducted between 29 January and 19 February earlier this year.

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