UK Industry

The UK Business Department Must Partner With Industry, Not Rule Over It

Ann McKechin | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Despite being the government department charged with representing the interest of business around the Cabinet table, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has worryingly little direct input from the business sector when it comes to conducting their own work.

Bridging the Divide Between School and the Workplace

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

During a recent speech to manufacturing industry executives, Business Secretary Vince Cable cited teachers' lack of workplace knowledge as the 'underlying problem' in careers advice and guidance. According to Cable, teachers - predominantly graduates themselves - "know about UCAS forms - but... know absolutely nothing about the world of work."

A Budget to Boost British Businesses and Create Jobs

Adam Afriyie | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

The Government has no money. Governments don't produce profits. High-net-worth individuals, businesses, pension funds and international wealth funds have the cash. We don't. That's why we must woo them, welcome them, give them a great reason for coming here and encourage them to invest this money in British businesses right now.


Tom Harvey | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

As a country, our creativity is our strongest card. Witness the number of contracts and awards we win around the world, our architecture, film, television, theatre, fine art, games, music and advertising punches far above its weight, we are a tiny island, but a huge creative force.

Okay to Sing, Just Don't Play!

Horace Trubridge | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Take a look at the UK album charts and it's there for all to see. Out of the top twenty albums, 14 of them are all male bands. Out of the six remaining acts three are solo female singers and the other three are male bands fronted by a female singer. So, here we are in 2014 and there is not one all-girl band in the top 20 album charts.

Brewing a Tasty, Sustainable Future for Tea

Sally Uren | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Sally Uren

After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Global consumption of tea jumped 60% between 1993 and 2010 and we now drink more than 3 billion cups a day. As consumers around the world get a taste for different types of tea, consumption is set to continue to rise, particularly in Asian markets.

Beyond Fluffy Red Dragons

Adam Breeze | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Adam Breeze

The inward investment landscape gets more complicated and more competitive by the day. In the first 20 years of the WDA there were only a handful of locations that were actively seeking inward investment - today, virtually every town, county, city and country in the world has an inward investment agency.

Mind the Gap - Why the Manufacturing Sector Must Learn to Future Proof Its Workforce

Simon Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK manufacturing sector has been described as 'indispensable' to Europe's economic future. In spite of this, there is still an underlying challenge for the industry to produce a skilled workforce.

Is Europe's Terminal Decline Inevitable?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

A recent trip to China confirmed the atmosphere of hope, growth and belief in a bright future that is prevalent among its people and its business leaders. That contrasts sharply with the current atmosphere in most European countries that, for the most part, seem concerned with an existential threat to their future.

Business Confidence - The New Normal

Thomas Brown | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Brown

UK businesses are entering 2014 brimming with confidence and with growth firmly placed high up the management agenda. However, while this transition from recession to recovery is encouraging for all, businesses must resist the urge to revert to their pre-crisis way of thinking and instead learn to adapt to the new normal.

2013 - It's All About Compromise

Nick Beecroft | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

2013 is looking increasingly like a year one can split into three very distinct thirds. The first third took us up to May, encompassing the Cypriot crisis and the inconclusive Italian election, sending risk markets into tail-spins and yields lower, and finishing when Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility that the Fed may 'taper' or reduce its bond-buying quantitative easing program.

Building an Effective Industrial Strategy

Peter Luff | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

As I argued in my last blog, governments can't avoid having an industrial strategy of some kind - the question is only how explicit such strategies are. And when they do develop explicit strategies, they should go with the grain of what's working already, not reinvent the wheel.

A Conservative Case for Industrial Strategy

Peter Luff | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Britain is an innovative, creative nation with world leading industries in engineering manufacturing and services. Our entrepreneurs continue to develop new products that take on the world. Manufacturing's share of national output may have fallen but we remain a major and successful manufacturing nation.

Ding Dong Thatcher's Gone - Should I Celebrate?

Rima Amin | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rima Amin

I understand why people are angry by the woman who favoured functional inequalities and believed it to be a necessity for a dynamic economy as she cared little for those consequently suffering.

Cadets Discovering Industry

Dr Gordon Mizner | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Dr Gordon Mizner

Industrial Cadets provides a flexible means by which industrial companies can engage with schools in their local area by providing hands-on project and site visit experiences which give students a taste of local industry.

Industrialisation Is Key to Fighting Poverty

Ivor Ichikowitz | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
Ivor Ichikowitz

A new industrial revolution is required to lift developing economies from poverty.

Book Review: The Trebor Story by Matthew Crampton - A Surprisingly Sweet Read

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

In this cut-throat, every-man-for-himself age, this thorough history and analysis of a respected and profitable company of the past proved excellent, timely and wise reading.

What Women Want: Engineering's Hidden Human Side?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sakthy Selvakumaran

I am not one to put faith in gender stereotypes, but with careers such as nursing, biological research and social work drawing a much higher proportion of females, I am lead to question whether the perception of engineering as a "heavy" industry, almost sterile of human interaction is putting women off.

Miners Evacuated From Underground Fire

PA | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

More than 90 miners at a closure-threatened colliery have been safely evacuated after a severe underground fire. The operators of Daw Mill Colliery...

Food Industry Takes Control of Its Engineering Future

Richard J. Martin | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK
Richard J. Martin

The food and grocery industry is central to all of our lives. It puts food on our tables, employs one in seven people in the UK and offers a variety o...

Why Life Values Are So Important in Business

Mark Young | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Mark Young

Being straight down the line, open and business-like is always positive. That way people don't feel like you're being pushy or trying to drag them kicking and screaming towards something they don't want and didn't ask for in the first place.

Believing in Wales: How We Can Make the Most of Our Entrepreneurs

Paul Davies | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Davies

I am ambitious for Wales and I believe in the Welsh people. I want them to succeed, and I believe that the Welsh government could be doing more to ensure businesses aren't turned down outright when they try to access finance.

UK Car Production Hits Four-Year High

PA | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

Car production in the UK accelerated ahead last year to its highest level for four years. And the number of cars made for export reached an all-tim...

How Technology Can Help Businesses Innovative - Without Reinventing the Wheel

Jannick Malling | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Tech
Jannick Malling

One thing that I personally feel people are missing out on is how technology can help a business innovate. More precisely, how today's technology concepts can help businesses take advantage of the principles of open innovation.

IT is a Hidden Opportunity for Britain's Young People

Kieran Bay | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Bay

It's also a myth that IT is only for people with highly technical qualifications. Of course you need an interest in technology, but an IT career can be joined at any level, age or experience. It is an industry open to everyone, and is particularly advantageous for young people.