Made In Britain: How the nation earns its living Paperback – 3 May 2012
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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
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 DavisSee all Product Description
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"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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. Having never studied Economics at school, Evan has filled in some gaps & enhanced my education.Published 15 days ago by Patricia Elliott
Extremely interesting view on Britain and one that everybody should read. It has changed my mind on many things and confirmed several of my thoughts.Published 11 months ago by Malcolm MacGregor
Highly readable and blows the myth that Britain has gone to the dogs. If you want to see how this country has adapted to the new world order I would highly recommend this book.Published 14 months ago by Simon Bruce
Evan Davis leads the reader through an examination of the British Economy explaining economic concepts in an easy and accessible manner. Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by James Davey
I was expecting a book about world class British companies, but it was more about economics and it was a bit obvious, for instance If you want to survive then make higher value... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Hertfordsteve
This book seeks to big up the mess that thatcher left as her legacy. Davis leaves no stone unturned in his bid to assure us that everything is just fine. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by Meeky Too
brilliant, in depth analysis, good to have a varied opinion so was a good read would reccomend as a first readPublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Rhiannon
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