Monthly Archives: October 2012

Heseltine Report: Manufacturers warn on too much LEP power

‘No stone unturned’ a review by Tory grandee Lord Heseltine of how Britain might rebalance responsibilities for economic development between central and local government, and between government and the private sector was received with a cautios welcome and a warning … Continue reading

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Interested parties queue for London cab business

Administrators formally appointed today that they were looking at options to either rescue or dispose of the London black cab manufacturer Manganese Bronze. Joint administrator and PwC partner Matthew Hammond said that the immediate priority was to secure funding in … Continue reading

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PP Electrical appoint black belt in Six Sigma as Operations Director

The multi-award winning Midlands manufacturer PP Electrical Systems has appointed a black belt six sigma specialist to help it oversee its expansion programme into more domestic and international markets. Len Palmer (pictured), who has spent more than 20 years working … Continue reading

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Renishaw recruits record apprenticeship numbers

Engineering company Renishaw has announced a record intake of 35 apprentices for its UK operations, including six apprentices for its new manufacturing facility in South Wales. The Gloucestershire-based business said it now had 85 young apprentices in training, the highest … Continue reading

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Brandauer puts success down to demand for tool transfer

Precision component manufacturer Brandauer says that growing demand for tool transfers is helping the company expand and take on more staff. The firm, which this year celebrates 150 years in business, said it had seen a surge in the number … Continue reading

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Ford confirms closure of two UK plants

American automotive giant Ford has confirmed that it is to close the Southampton manufacturing plant where it makes Transit vans as part of a plan to reorganise its European operations. The actions include the planned closure of two UK facilities … Continue reading

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Manufacturing orders fall – CBI

Manufacturing orders fell in the three months to October, while output was flat, the CBI said today (24 October). However, expectations for both orders and output over the next three months are for moderate growth, while the employment and investment … Continue reading

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