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Stewart featured in Parliamentary Review Manufacturing 2015/2016
 Stewart featured in Parliamentary Review Manufacturing 2015/2016 

Stewart, the British manufacturer of premium quality plastic gardening and catering products, is one of just 14 elite British businesses chosen to be featured in the Parliamentary Review, Manufacturing Edition 2015/2016.

The Review, which opens with a foreword by The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, provides a review of the parliamentary year with emphasis on trade, industry and manufacturing. In his foreword, Mr Hammond acknowledges the contribution of British manufacturers in making the country, “an open, dynamic, trading nation...”

The Review explores themes such as Brexit, engineering skills shortages and the digitisation of industry, known as Industry 4.0. It recognises the mixed response to the EU referendum result in June 2016 and sets out the Government’s approach to changing perceptions of apprenticeships, particularly among women. Regarding Industry 4.0, leading figures such as Tom Lawton, Head of Manufacturing at business advisory firm BDO, calls on the Government to develop a 15-20 year policy that, “avoids the disruptions of the political cycle.”

Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart, said: “Obviously, we’re delighted to feature prominently in the Parliamentary Review Manufacturing 2015/2016. As a UK manufacturer with a heritage stretching back over 70 years, we’re proud of our contribution to the country’s economy, so it’s highly rewarding to be one of only a selection businesses included.”

The feature provides an account of the recent evolution at Stewart and an insight into the company’s future thinking. It explains how Stewart has transformed from a manufacturing and trade driven business into a consumer and marketing led organisation as part of a three-year strategic plan.

Stewart continues to innovate and launch interesting new products, for the 2017 garden season it has launched 40 new products including:

  • the new Versailles family of pewter effect planters
  • the new Varese low bowl planter that is ideal for shallow ornamental planting
  • new Cool Grey colours in a selection of everyday planters

Stewart is a proud UK manufacturer based in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Its garden products are widely stocked in the UK and can be found in retailers such as B&Q, Homebase and Wilko as well as garden centre groups such as Dobbies, Notcutts and Wyevale and in over 1,000 independent garden centres. Additionally, an extensive range can be found online including on Stewart’s catering products are sold through an approved network of distributors.

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The Parliamentary Review 2015 / 2016 Manufacturing is published by Westminster Publications. View or download the Review here.

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