Make UK, formerly the Engineering Employers' Federation, represents manufacturers in the United Kingdom.


Make UK provides businesses with advice, guidance and support in employment law, employee relations, health, safety, climate and environment, information and research and occupational health.

Through offices in London and Brussels, Make UK provides political representation on behalf of UK business in the engineering, manufacturing and technology-based sectors: lobbying government, MPs, regional development agencies, MEPs and European institutions.


EEF was formed in 1896 as the Engineering Employers' Federation and merged in 1918 with the National Employers' Federation.[1] A history of the EEF[2] cited in [1] states that the original purpose of the EEF was "collective action to protect individual firms and local associations, the preservation of the ‘power to manage’, and the maintenance of industrial peace through established procedure." The EEF functioned as a 'Union' of Employers and negotiated from this stance with Trades Unions, for instance "twice, in 1897-8[3] and 1922, the Federation organised nationwide lock-outs. Procedural agreements for the avoidance of disputes were made with the unions at the conclusion of each of these lock-outs. These agreements provided for local and national joint conferences on disputed matters".[2]

In November 2003 the EEF rebranded itself from the 'Engineering Employers' Federation' to 'EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation'.[4] In February 2019 EEF rebranded to Make UK[5]

The EEF archive [1] is curated by Warwick University's Modern Records Centre.


  1. ^ a b c [1], EEF Archive home page
  2. ^ a b [2], The Power to Manage, E. Wigham, Macmillan 1973
  3. ^ Thelen, Kathleen (2004). How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan. Cambridge University Press. pp. 107–109. ISBN 978-0-521-54674-4.
  4. ^ [3] Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, Press Release
  5. ^ British Plastics