Reports

Annual Manufacturing Report 2015

This year’s survey of manufacturers attracted responses from all areas and activities, from automotive, aerospace and agribusiness to plastics, renewables and steel.

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Confidence is higher than we have seen for a number of years. Levels of investment are up, as are …

Manufacturing Manifesto 2015: Thinking long-term

Manufacturing Manifesto 2015: Thinking long-term

A cross-party group of leading parliamentarians will today (Tuesday 20th January 2015) launch a new manifesto ahead of the general election, calling on any future government to take what it calls “the necessary steps” to ensu…

Finance: realising and releasing asset value

The credit crunch and consequent near collapse of the global banking system had an impact that still affects business today – and from both sides. Businesses are maybe reluctant to borrow having been left holding a large and fat baby of investment when customers cancelled projects. Banks be…

Professional Services Supplement 2014

People who run a manufacturing business know pretty much everything about it, and may have worked in their company all the way from the ground up. However, even the most hands-on owner/manager will not know everything there is to know about manufacturing. That may sound like a pretty bold assumptio…

Energy Security 2014

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The good news is – energy prices have been stable for the past two years and there has been so much great work done on energy efficiency over the past decade or so that it is getting to the point where future gains are going to be marginal. The bad news is – energy pri…

ERP Buyer’s Guide 2014

Make the wrong decision, and it can blow up in your face. You’ll pay too much. It won’t be the right system for your business or the right system for your industry. Or you’ll outgrow it. Maybe you’ll experience all of these issues – maybe even more. Make the right decision though, and ERP can b…

Automation and Robotics 2014

Welcome to The Manufacturer’s special supplement on automation. If Prime Minister David Cameron is right and the world is in ‘fast forward mode’, then the pressure is on for UK manufacturing to raise its investment in technology and equipment to take us to the next level. It looks like we have …

SmartestEnergy Entrepreneurs Report

The latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report compiled by SmartestEnergy shows a 36% jump in the number of commercial scale projects in operation across the manufacturing sector in Great Britain since last year’s report.

In total, an estimated £53.3m has been invested in 38 new projects – an a…

University Collaboration 2014

The amount of money available for R&D in the UK is quite staggering: over £26bn, from public and private sources. The organisations involved from the public sector can begin to look like an alphabet soup, and just as confusing, but if businesses are serious about improving their pr…

Energy Management Supplement 2014

If energy – its costs and source of supply – is not at the top of the agenda of regular board meetings, it should be. The price of power has risen to levels that would, just a few years ago, have been thought to be so high that they would destabilise the entire economy.

Governments – not just …