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EU referendum's impact on ceramics

With the EU referendum outcome announced, The British Ceramic Confederation is briefing its members on the impact

The British Ceramic Confederation is briefing its members following the Referendum “leave” vote, recognising that this outcome was not what the majority of our members wanted as there are potentially adverse effects on many of their businesses.

Chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Dr Laura Cohen said: “We recognise there will now be considerable political and economic uncertainty for some time. We will continue to work to help our members understand the implications for their businesses as issues emerge and we will represent their interests as legislation and trade responsibility is brought back to the UK over the next few years.”

“Half of UK ceramic sector exports are to the European Union. Our members also have benefitted from some recent Free Trade Agreements. There are currently EU tariffs on tiles and tableware protecting UK jobs against Chinese dumping, so many UK manufacturers, employing 6,000 people between them and their suppliers are really concerned. We need UK Government to work with us urgently to find a way to allay these fears and develop a way forward that supports these UK manufacturing businesses so allowing investment and growth to continue in this sector.”

About The British Ceramic Confederation
The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.

The Industry
The sector (including suppliers) generates annual sales of £2 billion, employs approx. 20,000 people directly, creates an estimated £500 million in wages and NI contributions, as well as being an active exporter, with over £500 million in export sales. The sector is SME-led, with approx. 75% of our member companies being SMEs.

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