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Almost all small UK producers face prices headache


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LONDON (Reuters) – Almost all small British producers are combating rising prices, in line with a survey on Thursday that confirmed widespread worries over recruitment and logistics brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit.

Enterprise help teams South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) and Manufacturing Progress Programme stated rising provide chain costs had offered difficulties for 96% of respondents. Some 55% described the issue as “main”.

World transport issues, tight provides of semiconductors and shortages of some items equivalent to motor automobiles have contributed to rising inflation in lots of international locations.

Thursday’s survey steered the issues have been hurting margins amongst small producers. The proportion anticipating earnings to rise within the subsequent six month fell to 46% from 52% in the beginning of this yr.

Round half of the corporations surveyed stated recruitment and transport issues have been hindering development for producers who account for about 10% of British financial output.

“It seems we’re seeing the primary indicators of provide chain struggles beginning to hinder the upturn,” stated Nick Golding, managing director of SWMAS.

“The challenges highlighted have been brought about partially by authorities insurance policies as a direct results of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Official knowledge revealed on Wednesday confirmed indicators of continued inflation stress in costs paid and charged by factories. Output prices rose in annual phrases by probably the most in almost 10 years.

Thursday’s survey of 260 small and medium-sized British producers was carried out final month.