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HELP from government to invest in new technologies is top of the wish list for manufacturing executives in the south east, according to a new report from KPMG.

Over three-quarters (77 per cent) of 109 manufacturers surveyed by KPMG said financial support from the government is needed to help them increase investment in emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and augmented reality.

Huw Brown, partner at KPMG, said: ‘Access to the right skills and investment will be crucial to ensure Britain’s manufacturing sector unlocks its full potential.’