British talk down their achievements

Britain’s manufacturing sector still suffers from a brand of ‘British disease’ which leaves firms cynical about change and suffering from a tendency to undersell what they are good at, according to new research from Benchmark. Guy Washer, Benchmark managing director, said a survey of European firms putting global best practice initiatives in place showed British […]

Britain’s manufacturing sector still suffers from a brand of ‘British disease’ which leaves firms cynical about change and suffering from a tendency to undersell what they are good at, according to new research from Benchmark.

Guy Washer, Benchmark managing director, said a survey of European firms putting global best practice initiatives in place showed British manufacturers consistently rated their performance at a lower level than the French or Germans.

‘Asked the same questions, German or French companies would almost always give a very positive response, even if what they were doing was poor,’ Washer said.

The survey, commissioned by business education consultancy Oliver Wight, also shows that UK industry ranks itself behind European countries in almost every respect, ranging from teamworking and confidence in management to motivation, absenteeism, initiative and problem solving.