Monthly Archives: September 2013

£400m ‘great start’ for engineering recruitment

A £400m investment aimed at encouraging more young people and women into engineering to be announced by universities and science minister David Willetts has been welcomed by the industry as “a great start”. Responding to the announcement. IET (Institution of … Continue reading

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North West remains top manufacturing region

A report from the think-tank New Economy has confirmed that England’s North West region still retains the largest proportion of the UK’s manufacturing industry. The report cites the region’s strengths in a number of sub-sectors including aerospace, where it is … Continue reading

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BGF backs VTL with £4m investment

Business Growth Fund (BGF), the independent, big 5 bank backed company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, today announced its investment in the Huddersfield-based VTL Group, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of precision-engineered components for the automotive industry. BGF … Continue reading

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TBM launches new business improvement system

TBM, the consulting group founded by US-based lean manufacturing guru Anand Sharma, has announced a new system of tools and processes that it claims “ensures sustainable business improvement”. TBM says the system connects business strategy to everyday operations with a … Continue reading

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Cressall commissions new manufacturing line

Power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors has commissioned a new flexible resistor element manufacturing line for its Dereham factory “to help provide the company with a competitive edge”. Cressall says the new machine will allow it to deliver more cost effective products … Continue reading

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Access launches supply chain division

Access Group has set up a new Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) division which it says is aimed at winning customers in the manufacturing and warehouse management sectors. Ian Roper, who has been appointed as divisional director for the business software … Continue reading

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EEF welcomes Labour skills plans and urges acceptance of EU workers

A speech from the shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna (pictured) at today’s  ‘business and economics day’ at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton at which he promised to “get Britain back onto the road of sustainable growth” has been welc0omed … Continue reading

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