The North West of England is famous for many things, from its world-beating football teams, music and culture, to its industry and business success. There are hundreds of companies based in the North West, with many of them involved in manufacturing. In the 1980s and ‘90s, the regional economy was underperforming, but since the 2000s things have improved dramatically. The idea of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has contributed to this in recent years, with a concerted effort made to encourage and grow business in the north west of England.
The stats speak for themselves
The region has a long tradition of manufacturing and the port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal have proved to be major arteries for import and export in the UK. As of 2018, 350,000 people worked in manufacturing – making everything from cars to pharmaceuticals. That’s almost one-in-10 of the region’s workforce. The North West region also accounts for 15.4% of total UK manufacturing output, the second highest in the UK. The North West also continues to be a strong exporter, accounting for almost 10% of total UK manufacturing exports.
The manufacturing industry is vital to the North West, accounting for 9% of jobs and it’s worth £28.5bn to the region’s economy. As a whole, the UK is the world’s 10th largest exporter. With an annual output of £192 billion, the UK remains the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world. When it comes to UK-wide exports, the Food and Drink sector remains the single biggest sector, contributing £73.1 billion, closely followed by transport (14.9% worth £72.1bn) and pharmaceuticals and chemicals (14.2% worth £68.7bn). These products need to be sold somewhere and as more and more companies look to expand, then export is becoming vital to many businesses throughout the region.
The export experts
A good logistics partner is a vital component of the export process. A company needs to be assured that it can allow its logistics partner to take the lead, when it comes to the storage and distribution of its produce. Keeping track of stock is one aspect but exporting poses more challenges when it comes to supply and demand. Domestic freighting involves the free movement of goods around the country, but the process becomes more complicated for export, with more checks and regulations being incorporated into the journey from warehouse to store. A good logistics partner will be able to guide its clients through the process with ease and confidence and support its customers with assurance and advice. Home markets are obviously a valuable income for manufacturing companies, but if you want to expand, then export is the key to a wider customer base and increased revenue. There are currently different rules for companies exporting from the UK to Europe and further afield. One of the biggest difference is the ease of movement of goods across borders. To export outside the European Union (EU), there is a far greater numbers of checks and paperwork required. Outside the EU there’s a whole range of further regulation that anyone wishing to export will need to be aware of.
A safe pair of hands
Boughey Distribution, including our extensive warehousing facilities and lorry fleet, is based in Wardle, in the east of Cheshire. We have 900,000 square feet of warehousing storage at our disposal, as well as 130 articulated units and 250 trailers. Our location allows us access to some of the most important sea and land links in the country. Merseyside’s docks are among the busiest in Europe, while the estuary is also the mouth of the Manchester Ship Canal, which by 2030 will have a hugely increased container traffic capacity.
The proximity of the North West of England to ports, airports and an excellent road infrastructure is one of its biggest coups. We’re at the hub of several key motorways, with easy access to the M53 and M56, linking us north, south and east to the M6, M5, the M1 and the M62. For exports to Ireland, the A55 coast road through North Wales enables us to freight cargo to another key port in Holyhead. All these aspects help to make the region highly competitive both on a domestic and global scale.
If you’re looking to expand your market and export outside the UK, then please come and talk to the logistics experts at Boughey.