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Plymouth begins transformation into manufacturing powerhouse

26 Feb 14  | Manufacturing

Plymouth appears to be earning a name for itself in the manufacturing industry as skilled workers continue to flock to the South West city for jobs. New research from the Plymouth Manufacturers' Group (PMG) shows that one in ten residents (11.5 per cent) work in manufacturing or engineering roles, making these industries more important to Plymouth's economy than any other city in southern England.

By comparison, the UK average is 8.4 per cent of a city's population.

Plymouth is ranked 18th out of the UK's 64 largest cities for manufacturing and PMG says the area's own sector is worth over £700 million. However, as reported by, this has recently been revised to reflect a value of £718 million.

Bristol's manufacturing sector is flourishing too, yet only weighs in at £645 million, while the industry is worth £644 million to the economy of Cornwall.

Steve Gerry, secretary of the PMG, believes manufacturing is enjoying something of a renaissance and wants youngsters to pursue career in the industry - telling "At long last as a nation we've woken up to realising how important making things is to our economy and perhaps no more so than here in Plymouth.

"It's a great sector to work for and something to be immensely proud of."

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