Plymouth Manufacturers' Group (or 'PMG') is an informal network of manufacturing companies from across the Plymouth Travel-to-Work-Area. Our membership includes household names like: Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Kawasaki PM, and Burts Chips. Also, major local employers such as Babcock International, Princess Yachts and BD (Becton Dickinson).
Provide a convenient means of interchange of information, experience and opinion between members and matters affecting the interests of their companies and their employees.
To encourage and assist in the orderly development of industry in the Plymouth area.
To provide a channel of communication between members of the Group, local authorities and other appropriate organisations.
Source: The PMG’s Constitution (1977)
Collectively, the PMG membership employs over thirteen thousand staff in the Plymouth travel-to-work-area and has a combined turnover of approx. £2.7bn.
Manufacturing remains an important part of the UK. Plymouth has, once again, maintained its title as the English southern city with the highest concentration of its workforce employed in manufacturing. At 11.2 per cent it was well ahead of its nearest rivals Luton and Portsmouth (at 9.4% and 8.8% respectively). (Statistics courtesy of the Centre for Cities – Cities Outlook 2019).
Gross Value Added (GVA) from manufacturing in Plymouth rose 4.3% between 2016 and 2017. It now stands at a record £866M. This represents 16% of the total Plymouth economy which is valued at £5.4Bn. Growth in the sector locally since 2010 is up nearly forty per cent.
By the way, if you are wondering what the definition of GVA is: ‘it’s a measure of the value of the goods and services produced in an area or sector of the economy. It is primarily used to monitor the performance of the national (and regional) economy and is now the preferred method by many to measure the overall economic well-being of an area’.
Membership offers first and foremost an informal network for like-minded business people at the most senior level. We meet six times per annum - either at a member’s site or at a local hotel - to discuss topical issues and to listen to speakers present their thoughts and ideas on relevant topics. If someone has something to say to manufacturers in the City the chances are that they will want to say it first to the PMG.
Past speakers include: the SW Agent for the Bank of England, local MPs, representatives of local authorities and public sector agencies and private sector service providers.
The PMG also has a number of sub-groups that specialise in subjects such as: health and safety, skills and employment, finance & compliance and resource efficiency. These groups typically function by engaging senior staff who are responsible for these functional areas in a mix of networking by group emails and/or by meetings.
A culture of openness and preparedness to listen to one another means that these PMG events provide great learning opportunities for participants.
"All manufacturing businesses experience the same challenges and for Luminati we have benefited from sharing knowledge. It has been rewarding to find out that there are so many things we do that benefit others and to also find out that we can learn so much from others."