Manufacturing & Engineering

At long last, the British appear to be getting manufacturing in perspective. It's about time.

Manufacturing has become a smaller part of our economy but it's healthier and more productive than it has been for many decades. According to The Changing Shape of UK Manufacturing, a recent report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), manufacturing productivity has grown by an average 2.8 per cent per annum since 1948 - which compares pretty favourably with the service sector's 1.5%.

With this improved productivity and stable wages, the UK has become one of the most cost-effective locations in Western Europe to produce goods.

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Is Euro car boom out of juice?

Is Euro car boom out of juice?

European car showrooms are busier than they have been for years, but there are concerns that growth may slow with implications for UK suppliers.

Engineers promised road spending bonanza

Engineers promised road spending bonanza

UK engineers are keeping up the pressure on government to fulfil its promise on road spending.

Business at war over Europe exit

Business at war over Europe exit

Britain's post-war relationship with the rest of Europe is best described as tense. In truth, it's been little else through much of the continent's long and volatile history.

Manufacturers will have a "P" for productivity

Manufacturers will have a "P" for productivity

Steven Barr, head of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, reveals why productivity holds the key for future industrial success.

Healthy alternative as East Yorkshire manufacturer secures £15m reshoring haul

Over £15m of work is heading back to the UK after an East Yorkshire nutraceutical specialist sealed a number of new contracts.

Wind power gives North East fabricator a 300% sales boost

Wind power gives North East fabricator a 300% sales boost

The growth in the UK offshore wind market is helping a South Shields manufacturer triple its turnover in just twelve months.

Picture perfect as innovation boosts Middlesbrough manufacturer

Picture perfect as innovation boosts Middlesbrough manufacturer

The launch of a number of new products is set to help a Middlesbrough manufacturer double turnover and create new jobs.

New rail platform offers Dura the chance to step up to its £17m blueprint

New rail platform offers Dura the chance to step up to its £17m blueprint

An Essex manufacturer is targeting a £10m jump in turnover after launching a new solution for the rail sector.

Award-winning manufacturer re-shapes its future

Gloucestershire company increases turnover by 30 per cent and creates 20 new jobs

Black Country toolmaker firing up for expansion after major investment programme

A Lye toolmaking company has completed a £500,000 investment programme as it prepares to mark its 45th anniversary with plans to double in size.

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"We wouldn't have had a business without them"

"We wouldn't have had a business without them"

The pub has always been the place for talking about great business ideas with your mates. Few of those conversations ever actually lead to the start of a real venture. Here's how one manufacturing company is committed to helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

AB Dynamics - Pre-Close Trading Update

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Bristol Laboratories

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The chocolate that is creating social change

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The British love chocolate. So for any chocolate maker, it’s one of the world’s most attractive markets.

Another record for Renishaw

Another record for Renishaw

Renishaw surged by over 10% early Friday after the normally uncommunicative precision engineer reported a record start to the financial year.

How to protect and exploit new ideas

How to protect and exploit new ideas

A large amount of expert, tailored Intellectual Property (IP) advice is available to small and medium-sized businesses, from free workshops and online resources to subsidised support, education and coaching.

Funding and support for new ideas

Funding and support for new ideas

There are many forms of financial help that aim to support companies as they innovate and generate new ideas.

US techies take stake in undervalued Vislink

US techies take stake in undervalued Vislink

High-tech broadcast and surveillance equipment maker Vislink has agreed a strategic partnership with $600 million US firm Harmonic Inc.

Tax relief and incentives for business

Tax relief and incentives for business

There is a highly favourable environment for businesses and those who invest in them. In addition to the growing diversity of sources of finance, such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, there are schemes and incentives devised to help companies of all sizes secure funding.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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