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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Growing a business, come rain or shine

It’s a far cry from her former career as a gilts trader in the City, but Julia Hunter is making a splash with her innovative waterproof outdoor furnishings. Now her business Oily Rag is set to make huge strides in 2014 as a result of a distribution deal with John Lewis achieved via the PitchUp programme.

Financing growth: make customers your investors

Eamon Fitzgerald, managing director of Naked Wines UK

Many successful businesses start in difficult times. Naked Wines was started one week after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

Pressure Technologies - New Bank Facilities

Pressure Technologies is pleased to announce that it has agreed new bank facilities with Bank of Scotland, part of Lloyds Banking Group the Company's current bankers.

Hayward Tyler - Trading update and notice of results

The directors of Hayward Tyler are pleased to report that its audited consolidated results for the year ended 31 March 2014 will be published in the week commencing 30 June.

Partners and resources

Partners and resources

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Is Scapa storing up a surprise?

Is Scapa storing up a surprise?

Scapa typically beats full-year profit estimates, and it could do the same this year. Bosses have certainly been filling their boots.

Additional Manufacturing Capacity Agreed

AB Dynamics is pleased to announce it has entered into a three-year lease for an additional 3,500 square feet of manufacturing space nearby to the Group's existing facility at Bradford on Avon.

Xaar rout not over

Xaar rout not over

One broker has slashed its forecasts and reckons shares in the ink-jet printer technology specialist Xaar have much further to fall.

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.

Hayward Tyler tipped to surge 50%

Hayward Tyler tipped to surge 50%

Hayward Tyler has been a star performer over the past two years, but the pumps and motors manufacturer has plenty more in the locker, it seems.