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British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association


State of Business

Posted on 12 February 2015

Provisional statistics for 2013 are now available from the Government’s Annual Business Survey, published in November 2014. For the general rubber goods sector they indicate a modest reversal from the position in 2012, with total turnover down from £ 1.95 bn in 2012 to £1.79 bn in 2013, employment falling back up from 16k to 15k between the two years – back to the 2011 position – and the number of firms falling from to 524 to 514. However gross value added rose very slightly. So the overall picture is one of reasonable stability, in sharp contrast to the declines of a decade or so ago. The position in our member companies was on average slightly better than was shown in these figures.