The Food & Drink Federation will repeat its calls for a reduction of red tape at the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Summit today.

The conference – organised by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills – will bring together more than 100 representatives of industry in a bid to identify barriers to growth.

“The good news is that the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – food and drink – is still performing strongly,” said FDF director general Melanie Leech.

“Despite uncertainty among member companies about the state of the economy, they have not cut their investment or delayed taking products to market. But there is more potential to unlock in our sector – from tackling issues as diverse as changing the public perception of manufacturing to accelerating export growth.”

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