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The Unleashed
Manufacturing Health Index

Welcome to the home of the Unleashed Manufacturing Health Index, a quarterly report on the performance of global SME manufacturing

Report Highlights - Q1 2024

Decline in manufacturing sales revenues

Quarter-on-quarter sales revenues dropped simultaneously across
the UK, Australia and New Zealand amongst small-to-medium manufacturers.

United Kingdom

Sales revenue amongst UK SME manufacturers, Q1 2024 vs Q4 2023.


Sales revenue amongst Australian SME manufacturers, Q1 2024 vs Q4 2023.

New Zealand

Sales revenue amongst NZ SME manufacturers, Q1 2024 vs Q4 2023.

Global scramble for sales

Manufacturers are turning to online sales tools to find new customers,
grow average sales values, and lower acquisition costs.

B2B eCommerce

On average 28% of SME manufacturers in the UK, Australia and NZ were using or had used online portals to facilitate B2B sales. The UK leads B2B digital uptake at 34%.

B2C eCommerce

68% of UK manufacturers now use tools like Shopify, Amazon or WooCommerce to sell online, with half (48%) of Australian and New Zealand manufacturers deploying the same tactics.

Digital haves and have-nots

Technology adopters have successfully improved revenue flows and sales performance.

Additional sales revenue

Increase in sales revenue amongst SME manufacturers using B2B eCommerce tools

Additional sales volume​

Increase in the number of sales orders placed with firms using B2B eCommerce tools.

About the report

The Manufacturing Health Index is a quarterly report that assesses SME manufacturer performance using a big data approach. Q1 2024 results were based on the performance of a cohort of 1,790 manufacturers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand that use Unleashed software to manage their operations. Findings were calculated using Unleashed’s secure records of every purchase, sale and stock movement made between Q1 2018 and the present date for each business.

About Unleashed

Unleashed is the world’s favourite inventory management software – a cloud based platform used by thousands of businesses in more than 100 countries. With complete control of all purchasing, production, warehousing and sales workflows, Unleashed helps you save time, free-up cash flow, and dramatically boost productivity.

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Looking for previous reports?

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Manufacturing Health Index report #2

Q4 2023​

Manufacturing Health Index report #1

Q3 2023​