Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak sets out spending plans and what it means for Stoke-on-Trent

Ceramic industry calls for more support for manufacturers

Last week the Stoke-on-Trent-based British Ceramic Confederation set out a ‘wish list’ of measures it wanted to see included in the Budget.

These included the continuation of the furlough scheme, the extension of financial support to the supply chains of sectors badly affected by Covid, and government help with decarbonising the sector.

Dr Andrew McDermott, technical director of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “Next week’s budget comes at a critical time, with the sector facing the triple challenge of recovering from COVID-19, adapting to new trading arrangements with the EU and transitioning towards net-zero emissions while being internationally competitive.

“COVID-19 and the ensuing economic shock has had a sudden and dramatic impact on ceramic businesses and supply chains, and exports have understandably taken a hit.

“We call on the Government to use every opportunity to buy British, re-launch the Great Britain and Northern Ireland international promotion campaign to generate jobs and growth, and encourage the use of UK manufactured goods.”

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