UK Manufacturing

Should Britain Crash the Pound?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 01.04.2014 | 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? | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 24.02.2014 | 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...

Introducing the IAC - The Voice of Industry Apprentices

Ann Watson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Watson

The IAC is giving learners something they have not had before - a national voice. The changing landscape of apprenticeships in this country, as Government endeavours to secure the vocational route as a central pathway into fulfilling careers, requires input from those who will be affected - the apprentices themselves.

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.

UK Manufacturing Industry Needs EMR but Has the Government Even Noticed?

Peter Rolton | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Peter Rolton

Recent mention of UK electricity market reform (EMR) may make it sound fairly innocuous, but beware: within it lurks the potential to make or break the nation's future energy fortunes.

The Cows Are Safe From the Being Stitched Up at Crewe

Lara Platman | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Platman

When you think of car manufacturing you might imagine the industrial factory production lines, the noise, metal conveyer belts, people with overall...

Rediscovering Birmingham's Reputation for Creativity and Manufacturing Excellence

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Birmingham is still able to make goods that include the best design and involve creativity and innovation; just not in the archaic factories that once characterised the local landscape. And it is not just manufactured goods such as cars; jewellery and fashion and art can be added to the list.

I Am No Economist, but Here Is My Take

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I fully understand that simply giving the money to people to spend as they wish would create inflation, with money losing its value. But there are other ways to use that money...

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.

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.

How Do We Get More Girls Into Science Careers?

Dr Cara Tredget | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Cara Tredget

During my education and career as a scientist I have been lucky enough to be inspired and mentored by a number of fantastic female role models, and strongly believe this is a key enabler in encouraging the next generation of female scientists and engineers.

Cheaper Than China?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Food producer Symington's - the manufacturer behind Ragu sauces and Aunt Bessie's - is relocating the manufacturing process for its noodles back to th...

Sterling Slumps To New Low After Manufacturing Figures Disappoint

PA | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

Sterling dropped to a new two-and-a-half year low on Tuesday of 1.48 against the US dollar after another dire month for manufacturing output, which sl...