Unfortunately, it has been a slow start to the year for UK manufacturers.
Our output fell by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013.
The financial woes of the Eurozone have not helped, but at least Britain remains able to set its own interest rates and economic priorities.
But as some firms look to other new markets to boost sales, the sector is showing signs of stabilising.
The British Chambers of Commerce says that the number of small-and medium-sized business actively exporting has risen from 32% in 2012 to 39% this year.
Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth stated: "Growth is slow and by historical standards too low."
He called for better support for "export, manufacturing and service industries in the UK".