The British Isles manufacturing output accounts for nearly 80% of its exports although heavy industry, such as steelmaking, has had to become significantly more efficient in order to survive.
The British aerospace industry is in the world’s top 3 and the automotive industry is a major employer and exporter with 8 global car manufacturers being present in the UK as well as commercial vehicles and a number of small but high profile marques. Chemicals also play a leading part and 2 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical firms call the UK home, carrying out both manufacturing and Research and Development here.
The UK defence industry is worth an estimated £35bn, makes up 10% of UK manufacturing, and employs over 300,000 people, the UK currently being the world’s second largest defence exporter. Another important component of UK industry is electronics, audio and optical equipment, with manufacturing facilities producing TV, radio and communications products, scientific and optical instruments, electrical machinery, office machinery and computers.
Our Industrial practice covers aerospace & defence, automotive, building products, electronics & precision engineering and process and chemical industries. We undertake assignments in senior and functional leadership roles for manufacturing companies, usually head-quartered in the UK but often with international operations.