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Professional Services Supplement 2014

Professional Services

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 assumption but it is true.

There are things that affect business even at an everyday level, which are best delegated to experts. There are areas of the law, for example, that are as obscure as they are complex, and as easy to break as a pie-crust, for the unwary. Most manufacturing managers would rather not spend their days up to their arms in accounting, either – that’s a job for accountants.

As for IT – it is there to help business operate more efficiently, not to be under the daily control of the operations director, who has better things to do with their time. And what about building regulations? EU production standards? Intellectual property protection?

The way that extraneous matters can mess up business can be rather irritating! This supplement is about how it pays to have the advice of experts, to help you get over problems – or, even better than that, to avoid them in the first place. If at all possible.

Contributors to this supplement cover the full range of professional services, from the law to management consulting – and what has struck us at The Manufacturer is how the best professionals are reinterpreting and extending their roles.

 

Energy Security 2014

ENERGY&SECURITY SUPP 26 09 2014

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 prices are volatile, future gains in efficiency are going to be harder to get and ROI may be longer than we have been used to.

ERP Buyer’s Guide 2014

ERP

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 be truly transformative. Especially for smaller and midmarket manufacturers where ERP usually replaces a hotchpotch of spreadsheets, accounting and invoicing systems, and basic sales and works order systems.

ERP Buyer’s Guide 2014: Simplifying your strategic ERP decisions

Automation and Robotics 2014

Automation

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 been lagging behind, so the need is pressing.

AUTOMATION SUPPLEMENT 2014 20 08 2014

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 average of £1.4m – and taking the total invested in recent years up to £164.3m.

SmartestEnergy Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2014

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University Collaboration 2014

universities

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 product, it is worth spending the time to seek out the resources that are needed.

The idea of collaboration between the halls of academe and the great mills of industry are nothing new; but it is fair to say that the relationship has been revived and given new urgency by the need for advanced techniques, technology and resources.

This supplement highlights some of these partnerships and shows how industry and academia can work together to push the manufacturing sector forward.

DOWNLOAD THE UNIVERSITIES COLLABORATION SUPPLEMENT HERE.

Energy Management Supplement 2014

Energy & Sustainability

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 our own, but across the EU and the wider world – have made a deliberate policy of driving the cost of fossil fuels up and subsidising alternatives in the
quest to make us less carbon-dependent. The challenge is to avoid the quiet calm of the graveyard and stay in productive business while getting cleaner.

The Manufacturer will be hosting its Energy and Sustainability conference in July in Manchester. Find out more here.

DOWNLOAD THE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT HERE. 

Materials Handling 2014 Supplement

The Manufacturer | 01st June 2014 | Free

Solving the practical problems around the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products has always been a crucial part of the manufacturing process. But it’s fair to say the subject of material handling has often gone under many people’s radars.

In this supplement, we give recognition to the materials handling industry as one of Britain’s most robust sectors and a key enable of recovery in the wider manufacturing base.

Health and Safety Supplement 2014

The Manufacturer | 01st April 2014 | Free

While the UK is recognised as a European leader on health and safety in the workplace there is no room for complacency when it comes to managing H&S risks.

This report looks at health and safety policy, managing stress, and materials handling standards.

The Manufacturer will be hosting its Health and Safety conference in September in London. Stay tuned to The Manufacturer events listing for details.

3M Sustainability Report 2014 – Innovation Improving Lives

3M

At 3M, we look at sustainability in terms of shared global needs and the future of our business. As the population grows, particularly in emerging economies, challenges like energy availability and security, raw material scarcity, human health and safety, education, and employment must be addressed to ensure people across the globe can lead healthy, fulfilling lives. With this in mind, social and environmental stewardship is core to the sustainability of our business and our vision for growth:
• 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
• 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
• 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

Starting with technology and culminating with the improvement of every life on the planet, we are committed to driving a growing business while supporting the personal growth of everyone on the planet.

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  • 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

  • Energy Security 2014

    ENERGY&SECURITY SUPP 26 09 2014 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

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