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Rustat Conference on Manufacturing in the UK

On 24 November 2011, the fifth Rustat Conference discussed the role of Manufacturing in the UK.

The day long discussion between experts aimed to answer the following questions:

What contribution does manufacturing make to the UK economy? To what extent is it in decline, and does it matter? What is the UK government's policy on the need to stimulate the manufacturing sector? Is intervention required, or should the market dictate the size of the sector? To what extent do levels of investment and provision of skills affect the manufacturing base? How does the proportion of manufacturing in the UK economy compare with that of other leading industrial nations?

The conference was chaired by Professor Ian White and featured contributions from leading figures from industry, government, the media and academia.

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