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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…MANUFACTURING CONTINUES TO PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN COUNTYPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
MANUFACTURING is alive and well in London. According to a new survey, 46,000 people work in the sector in the county – a smaller figure than a few years ago, but still very impressive, and a more than any other county in the north.

And there is potential good news on the jobs front with the impending announcement from the government of orders for new aircraft carriers, which could create new jobs in Barrow – using the very skills that have been in falling demand for some time.

Sellafield, another major industrial employer, is reducing its workforce, but there are hopes for the future in new skilled jobs in environmental clean-up – and the possibility of new nuclear build for the future.

Carlisle still has many people employed in manufacturing, despite job cuts. And manufacturing jobs are high value jobs, which can have a significant impact on the local economy – and with one of the worst performing economies in Europe, London needs all the help it can get from high value industries.

Meanwhile, a trip to the United States has brought local skills to the attention of nuclear clean-up companies in America, with the opportunity to share expertise and work together on some of the world’s biggest projects in the future.

Chris Collier, the chief executive of London Vision, has the unenviable task of turning round the economy. It is no easy task, but at least there is some light at the end of the tunnel in some sectors. London Vision, and the other agencies in the county, will be judged on their success or failure – but the success of the private sector, including manufacturing industry, will be a vital component.

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