Filtermist welcomed a team from BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight programme to its production facility in Shropshire on Tuesday to discuss its hopes for yesterday’s Budget.
The team recorded audio inside the Filtermist factory and spoke to Managing Director, James Stansfield, and Manufacturing Manager, Brian Lowe, about the export potential for UK manufacturers.
Dubbed ‘the budget for makers, doers and savers’, export trade featured heavily in George Osborne’s address to parliament. Filtermist currently employs 50 people at its Bridgnorth HQ and exports its oil mist collectors to more than 60 countries worldwide.
The company has a long history of exporting around the globe, and this is something James commented on - saying he’d like to see more UK manufacturers showcasing their success on the World stage.
Referring to the recent CCMT Machine Tool show in China where the UK pavilion was cancelled due to fears it would have been completely overshadowed by the size of the neighbouring German stand, James said, “Small to medium businesses need to step up and see what’s out there – it can be done.”
The general tone of the piece from Shropshire, which culminated in a panel discussion from a variety of business people in Shrewsbury, was full of optimism – a feeling summed up by Filtermist’s Brian Lowe “We’re the best country for manufacturing – especially in the Midlands…When it’s manufactured goods, it’s Britain every day!”
Listen to the programme in full (scroll 16mins in to access the report from Shropshire).