John Guest: the perfect fit

With output now measured in the millions, the company has turned to automation to help meet growing demand - image courtesy of John Guest.
In a market that champions strategic outsourcing, John Guest, the globally celebrated plumbing systems company, has proudly kept 100% of its manufacturing here in the UK. Jonny Williamson learns how.

The Apprenticeship Levy: it can work for everyone

Stock Image Apprentice Skills Training Workers Apprenticeship Levy
The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the creation of three-million new apprenticeships. It is not a popular measure, but Kate Maddison-Greenwell believes that if fully embraced, it can be beneficial for all.