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Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF sets out the manufacturing sector’s stall in the tax avoidance debate and urges government not to forget the need for growth when contemplating action.

The last word: Maintain vanguard

Submarine down the Clyde river. Photography by easylocum.

This month’s Last Word is delivered by guest writer Hugh Scullion, general secretary of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions. He states the case for renewal of the UK’s Vanguard fleet of submarines as government prepares to publish its Trident Alternatives Review this summer.

Employee of the month: Burton’s Biscuit Company

Food and drink manufacturing is a highly innovative sector where around 1,500 new products are launched every quarter, but it also has huge scope to increase competitiveness through more ambitious investment in high tech production. Meirion Richards is making sure his organisation does not miss any such opportunities.