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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349123780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349123783
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Could not be more relevant Scotland on Sunday A lively, upbeat account of the way we make our living -- Independent On Sunday Sean O'Grady Hits the spot. Upbeat, balanced and ... filled with interesting facts ... An engaging book written by an author whose passion and command of his subject shine through City AM

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A brilliant, thought-provoking look at British manufacturing industries, and whether it matters that we don't produce like we used to, from the much-loved Today presenter, Evan Davis

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This morning I heard on the Today Programme that Max Hastings has been slating the British as idle and useless compared with the Chinese. John Humphreys must have been itching to say, "That's a load of tosh and my colleague Evan Davis's book explains exactly why". Well, I can't be certain that John Humphreys has read the book but I have, and I will never be deceived by ignorant raving about Britain again. Reading it actually changed my opinion.

"Made in Britain" is an extraordinary combination - a serious book about economics which is entertaining, easy to read, easy to understand, balanced and impregnably sound in its judgements. The author is not just a journalist but a respected economist with a background at Oxford, Harvard, London Business School and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

The book is unfortunately littered with typos. The author must have been furious with the BBC for screwing up the schedule so that it went to print before it had been properly edited. But, as he points out astutely in chapter 11, organisations protected from market forces with a licence to collect money, can become too much of a good thing.

This is pretty much a must-read for anyone interested in the state of Britain or worried about our future.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2014
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'Made in Britain' is an entertaining and enlightening myth-busting analysis of the British economy, an ideal starting point for the non-specialist or enquiringly student , with its focus more or less exclusively on private sector activity. Evan Davis writes with a flowing, good humoured light touch. His central theme is that yes Britain is very much open for business. However, it has suffered and continues to suffer from being rather too dependent on the service sector, consumption rather than investment growth (hence the significant o- going balance of payments problem) and issues relating to regional imbalances, particularly concerning skills mismatches and labour immobility.

One of the most encouraging aspects of this book is the discussion around the general productivity, creatively and global reach of many British firms. Car building, tourism, brand creation, finance and top level engineering innovation are all sectors in which the UK excels. As a nation we are also a major destination for foreign Direct Investment, which not only creates jobs but leads to increased exports, expertise and the development of local suppler bases.

The problem is of course is that there are not enough success stories, nor are they spread widely enough for the benefits of growth to filter through to a significant proportion of the UK's population. Even so Davis is charmingly up-beat. Suggesting that the global as well as the national economy is in constant flux. Yesterday we made ships, today we make cars and sell financial services, tomorrow who knows? The point is to be competitive, enterprising and more inclined to save rather than consume.
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By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2011
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Britain, the doomsayers would have you believe, is sinking in a dead-end economy in which manufacturing is reduced to an insignificant rump, replaced by burger-flipping and call centres. The common complaint, here as in the US and, no doubt, Japan, is "We used to make stuff..."

In this well-balanced assessment of the reality of post-modern British industry, Evan Davis tries to cheer up the Eeyores, first of all showing that, despite conceptions to the contrary, our European neighbours France and Germany also don't manufacture that much any more, and that although Americans are in aggregate better off at least we don't have to work their hours. More importantly, what we do manufacture is pretty damn good; world leading, in fact, when we look at UK companies like GlaxoSmithKline, ARM Holdings and Brompton, but also in foreign-owned factories such as that of Nissan near Sunderland.

That's less than half the story, though, (in fact, less than a quarter) because the majority of British industry is based on services, and there we really are good. We just need to ensure we understand how to stay ahead of the game in that respect, as emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil move up the value chain, and there the government has a crucial role to play in ensuring it not only encourages the right behaviours but also in ensuring it does not stifle the success stories. For example, in imposing increasingly restrictive conditions on student visas we not only deny ourselves the revenues from tuition fees from newly affluent citizens of the rising economies, we also deny ourselves access to overseas talent. Davis uses the example of post 9/11 US policy to demonstrate the potential effects.
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What a fantastic book to read! It will open your mind about what Britain still has to offer the world and challenge your views on services v manufacturing. I personally work with British exporters and see a lot of what Evan Davis writes about put into practice every day. The British economy has changed and it keeps changing - will we embrace the change and feel proud of our achievements and excited about what's ahead? A clever, thought-provoking book that you'll go back to again and again.
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