Manufacturers are told to show off their wares

Poundworld is planning to close about 100 stores. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Poundworld to close about 100 stores putting more than 1,500 jobs at risk

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MANUFACTURING firms are being asked to tell their MPs about what makes them great – and literally put their company on the map.

Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a Made By Britain scheme to highlight the successes of the sector.

Jim Davison, region director in the south and east for EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: ‘Much has been made by government about the need to develop a more balanced economy that places less reliance on financial engineering and more emphasis on real engineering.

‘We can’t just expect this to happen on its own – we need to get the message out that product design, engineering and manufacturing is exciting and full of great success stories.’

Mr Cable has asked his House of Commons colleagues to go on the hunt for tales of manufacturing ingenuity during the summer recess to find innovative companies on the cusp of breaking through.

The MPs’ suggestions will initially be displayed in an interactive online map, with the idea being they will inspire a new generation of engineers.