Sara’s Blog: Online Policy Hour

This Friday we have another in our series of online Policy Hour webinars with Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands.

Policy Hour events are taking place in lieu of our regular Meet the MP events and afford an opportunity to voice your opinion directly to decision makers on the issues which matter to you most.

All our MPs in the county have been incredibly supportive of business community during the lockdown and Karen is no exception. Having such a close relationship with our MPs means that our message gets directly to the top decision makers and we have a direct influence on government policy.

You can pre-submit a question and there will also be time for questions on the day.

Register here for Policy Hour:

All pre-submitted questions need to be sent no later than 5pm on Wednesday 3 June to Vickie Hardie:

Manufacturing in the UK has started to show some slow recovery from the coronavirus crisis, but the sector is continuing to struggle amid the pandemic, according to new Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) statistics.

The report showed that the index rose to 40.7 in May, picking up after falling to a record low of 32.6 in April.

The index is derived from a survey of manufacturers on business activity, with figures below 50 indicating contraction in the sector.

The survey also found further contraction in output, however new orders and business confidence have started to edge up, hopefully indicating that UK economic activity could improve as lockdown restrictions are progressively eased over the coming weeks.

A small crumb of comfort, but encouraging, nonetheless.

The Chambers Manufacturers’ Forum brings together all our manufacturers from different sectors but with a common aim of sharing best practice, benchmarking, and facilitating a wide range of events and instructive seminars.

The Forum enjoys great support from the big names in Staffordshire manufacturing including Michelin, JCB and KMF and many more companies.


We want all manufacturers large and small to be part of the Forum and help shape the recovery and future of the sector in Staffordshire.  More immediately, you have a great chance to put your manufacturing questions directly to Karen Bradley on Friday.


For more information on how you can get involved contact Tom Nadin:

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