UK Manufacturing

How Can the UK Get Its Exchange Rate Down?

John Mills | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In the UK we have real difficulty in facing up to having, arguably, the most overvalued currency in the world. We need to get our exchange rate down or we'll never secure sustainable long-term growth. But how does a government make this happen?

Osborne's 'March Of The Makers' Slips To Slowest Pace This Year

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics

The impressive recovery by Britain's manufacturers slowed last month as new figures pointed to the sector's weakest performance in a year. Data fro...

Industry 4.0: A Driver of Innovation for Europe

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Tech
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

If Europe wants to get a good start in this future market, it has to lay the foundations now, and become active first and foremost on three fronts: in infrastructure, in education, research and development, and in the support and financing of startups.

Britain's Unimpressive and Dysfunctional Recovery

Philippe Legrain | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Philippe Legrain

Hurrah: the British economy is now bigger than it was before the crisis! We're doing much better than our critics predicted and better even than our competitors. It's yet more proof that our austerity policies were right all along. Vote Conservative next year.

The Political Cost of Economic Mismanagement

John Mills | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The extent to which the UK and most of the rest of the Western world are currently mismanaging our economies clearly has a huge financial cost. In the longer term, however, the political cost will be even greater than the economic price - unless we see radical changes in policy. The failure of the West to deliver a reasonable economic performance - combined with the related problem of widespread inability to get difficult decisions taken - has led an increasingly large number of people across the world to consider whether more authoritarian of running modern diversified economies might work better than those based on liberal democracy.

Miliband to the Rescue?

Jamie England | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

The Germans have bigger and better industry and produce quality goods from pharmaceuticals to lignite. In England, the people that could be achieving so much in these kinds of industry are pissing around at university and messing up the job market for serious graduates.

What Are the Prospects for the UK Economy in 2015?

John Mills | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The next general election will be held in May 2015. No-one can foretell the outcome. But it is much easier to anticipate the economic prospects that will be faced by whichever party or combination of parties wins power.

Let's Make It British

Mary Portas | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Supposedly manufacturing-free regions of the UK seem to actually have rather a lot of people making things. I know it's frustrating for the headline writers who would rather it wasn't the case, but the North West employing 340,000 people and making £20billion of goods in 2013 just doesn't follow the narrative does it? And what are 125,000 Geordies doing making £6.4 billion of stuff? I thought the paper said they were all strolling around the Quays pissed up and half naked in all weathers. British manufacturing is alive, it's well, it's kicking and it's cool.

Science and Innovation Have to be at the Heart of 2015 Election Manifestos If the UK Is to Maintain Economic Growth

Bill Westwater | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Westwater

As the political parties finalise their manifestos for 2015, helping science and technology start-ups and facilitating the commercialisation of university research has to be at the heart of economic policy if we are to gear the UK for growth.

No Long-Term Hope for UK Unemployment Without a Lower Exchange Rate

John Mills | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

If we could rebalance our economy so that we could pay our way in the world, removing the constraints which are the cause of the lack of sufficient job opportunities in the UK, there is no reason why we should not be able to get back to around 3% unemployment, reducing the true numbers for those out of work over a period of time from nearly five million to perhaps one million.

The Real Skills Shortage in UK Manufacturing is Leadership

James Burwood | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
James Burwood

"UK Manufacturing growth threatened by skills shortage" screeches the boringly repetitive and lazy headline. I keep seeing this story and I take issue with it for a number of reasons...

Should Britain Crash the Pound?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Should we crash the pound to revive manufacturing? I'm not convinced. I am persuaded that we need to do a lot more to inspire British business leaders to think long term and to care about building high quality companies that can endure.

The Psychology of Habit Formation, Re-Programming for Greener Living

Dr Stewart Barr | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Stewart Barr

If information and exhortations to change behaviours are ineffective, then what influences the habits - or practices - that we all engage in on a daily basis?

Asa Bennett

How Will George Help People Like These?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

When George Osborne delivers his Budget for 2014 he is expected to trumpet how his plans will ensure Britain's "long-term economic recovery". But ...

Give the Needle and Thread a Chance

Lisa Comfort | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Comfort

With a needle and thread you can sew on a button, make a beautiful dress and also have rewarding career. So why is it a shrinking part of our national curriculum?

Manufacturing the UK's Economic Recovery

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order...

Complacency Will Be the Barrier to Building a Brighter Future for the Construction Industry

Simon Thomas | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

With the UK's construction sector growing at its fastest pace since 2003, the renewed optimism being spoken of is coming to fruition. As an SME operating in the manufacturing sector, it's fair to say that we are seeing a dramatic increase in enquiries and orders from the housing sector in particular, a growth which can be attributed in part to the Government's Help to Buy scheme.

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.

UK Nuclear - Forefront to Backfoot

Peter Rolton | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The question is: why is the price for nuclear so much higher in the UK than elsewhere? The British Calder Hill power station was the first in the world to generate electricity on a commercial scale, so we evidently weren't dragging our feet in the beginning...

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

What's Special About Apple's New Factory?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Tech

Apple has confirmed it will build upon its decision to manufacture it's new and ridiculously powerful Mac Pro in America by opening a new factory in A...

How Much EU Red Tape Has Come In Under David Cameron?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics

British businesses have been burdened with 3,580 new European Union rules and directives under the coalition, new research suggests, despite David Cam...

Tomorrow's Manufacturing, Mission to China

David Willetts | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
David Willetts

The UK is home to some of the most innovative small and medium sized enterprises in the world. We have a wonderful research and knowledge base and are striving to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. This is crucial for us to stay ahead in the global race.

UK Automotive Industry Is Constructing a Comeback

Peter Rolton | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK
Peter Rolton

What do a Range Rover Sport, a double-decker bus, and a Jaguar F Type all have in common? The answer is surprisingly straightforward.

Recovery Underway Thanks To Turnaround In Manufacturing Sector

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK

A surge in house prices and car sales and even signs of a turnaround in Britain's beleaguered manufacturing sector have added to hopes that a sustaine...