Manufacturing is a substantial part of the UK economy, accounting for £19 billion of the country’s output, 53% of its total exports, and employing 2.7 million people. The significance of the sector hasn’t gone unnoticed by investors, who have long been hungry to be part of its success story. Manufacturing businesses have never been more attractive to PE and strategic buyers; as we move from lockdown, the upturns we are likely to see in demand and general improvements mean that there has never been a better time to look at your aspirations for the future. While the pandemic took its toll on the sector, a strong year-end in the UK for manufacturing investments suggests investor interest remains strong.
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