The CBI called this week for Government backing for a programme of ‘cultural change’ in British manufacturing companies which it believes could lead to a dramatic boost in productivity.
Launching its Fit for the Future report to an audience of business chiefs on Tuesday, it called on the Government to promote benchmarking appraisals which it believes will get firms to improve performance.
Alec Daly, chairman of the CBI’s National Manufacturing Council, said there could be £60bn at stake in additional contributions to GDP if every British company raised its output standards to the average US level.
‘We strongly believe that benchmarking and best practice is the only sure way of getting to this kind of level,’ he said.
The Department of Trade and Industry has a Management Best Practice initiative, but uptake is low. The CBI thinks a uniform national campaign would work better. Coordinated by the Government, it could be pushed by bodies such as Business Link and Tecs.
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