Reshoring got top billing a couple of years ago when Prime Minister of the day David Cameron launched a government-backed reshoring initiative. This saw UK Trade & Investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) form ‘Reshore UK’ (https://is.gd/dizale).
That was January 2014 and the initiative is no longer; just like MAS. Today we have ‘Growth Hubs’ and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), but a search for ‘reshoring’ at the LEP network website (https://is.gd/zehipa) delivers no related returns.
So it is left to small trade association the GTMA and its ‘Reshoring UK’ initiative partners to spearhead the effort at grassroots level, at least in the engineering sector. The organisation is working with nine trade associations and two high value manufacturing catapults www.reshoring.uk/about-us/ as it maps the UK engineering supply chain in total, not just the auto sector, making that information available via an online resource www.reshoring.uk/find-a-company/ – there is, literally, a map of suppliers at this resource, together with extra details for some