Commenting on the March manufacturing output figures published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: 

 

“The March fall in manufacturing output was less than expected but the sector still faces real threats. On any longer-term comparison manufacturing is suffering significant declines.   

“Although many firms are viable and productive, they face considerable risks to their skills base. Unless the government takes further specific action to help manufacturers maintain these precious skilled jobs, the sector and the wider UK economy will suffer.”