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The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) and Make UK have entered into a partnership to stimulate support for manufacturers and to fuel growth of the UK’s HealthTech sector.

The collaboration will support the UK’s HealthTech business community to better access manufacturing support and expertise, and to ultimately create a favourable environment for manufacturing, at a local, regional, national and global level.

Make UK, the manufacturer’s organisation, are the representative body for manufacturing in the UK. UK trade bodies, membership organisations, and higher education institutions that operate within the manufacturing, engineering and wider industrial sector, are invited to join with Make UK in partnership. By working together the parties are better placed to deliver a stronger industrial sector for the UK and provide valuable member benefits.

ABHI, the UK’s leading industry association for health technology, supports its 400 members to provide products and technologies to patients in the UK and abroad. Small businesses make up a significant proportion of the ABHI membership, and the HealthTech industry at large, and the partnership with Make UK is part of a strategic drive to provide British businesses with an enhanced manufacturing offer. 

Richard Phillips, Director of Strategy, ABHI said: “Manufacturing is at the heart of our industry and I am delighted to announce this partnership with Make UK to boost UK business growth. By bringing ABHI’s expertise in areas such as regulation, innovation adoption and health policy, closer to Make UK’s significant manufacturing knowledge, and combining our advocacy efforts, I am excited about the support we can deliver to the many small UK HealthTech companies, to scale up their operations so that technologies can reach more patients at home and abroad.”

Chris Corkan, Interim Region Director, from Make UK said: “Make UK are delighted to be joining forces with the Association of British HealthTech Industries to ensure that UK manufacturing can thrive. The UK has thousands of expert health technology manufacturers and by working with ABHI we can together strengthen industries voice with national government.

“We are excited to begin collaborating with ABHI across our collective areas that are vital to the success of HealthTech manufacturing. From providing a strong supply chain for our National Health Service, developing the workforce of the future and to create a strong industrial vision for the country.

About ABHI

ABHI is the UK’s leading industry association for health technology (HealthTech).

ABHI supports the HealthTech community to save and enhance lives. Members, including both multinationals and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), supply products from syringes and wound dressings to surgical robots and digitally enhanced technologies. We represent the industry to stakeholders, such as the government, NHS and regulators. HealthTech plays a key role in supporting delivery of healthcare and is a significant contributor to the UK’s economic growth. HealthTech is the largest employer in the broader Life Sciences sector, employing 145,700 people in 4,300 companies, with a combined turnover of £30bn. The industry has enjoyed growth of around 5% in recent years. ABHI’s 400 members account for approximately 80% of the sector by value.

About Make UK

Make UK are the manufacturers’ organisation, we champion and celebrate #UKmfg. Together, we build a platform for the evolution and voice of UK manufacturing and engineering.

We exist to help secure the future growth and development of UK industry which we deliver through our unique combination of government representation, industry intelligence, networking programmes and business services – all designed to help UK manufacturers and engineers evolve, innovate, compete and grow. As a membership organisation, our services are driven by the needs of our manufacturing member businesses in areas which include HR & Legal advice, Health, Safety & Environment, Business Improvement and Training & Development.