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8 January 2010
The start of 2010 has seen some good news for the UK manufacturing industry. Earlier this week the latest CIPS/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index showed activity in the industry has bolted to the highest point in over two years, and now a further shot in the arm has come in Scotland. Agreement has been given for a major expansion of offshore wind farms. The licences granted could see the installation of hundreds of new turbines. This is not only a positive step towards a low-carbon future but – as Scottish secretary Jim Murphy put it, “also great news for the manufacturing industry and supply chain in Scotland”. Jobs could also be created in manufacturing, research, engineering, installation, operation and services, and the electricity the turbines would generate could power around 3.2 million homes. Sustainable procurement may be near the bottom of the jobs list for many buyers this year but here’s some evidence of how the approach could benefit the wider economy.
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