Mirror mirror on the wall

Manufacturers are being told to change their image from all quarters. But just what do they get out of it? Annie Gregory discovers that passionate commitment can still be married to effective bottom line benefits

Lean leadership

Dan Jones draws on his experiences introducing lean into the manufacturing, retail and health sectors, and provides his view of what true lean leadership means

Bunkering down

New global fuel and emission regulations are putting ship owners under pressure, says Colin Chinery, with clear implications for British manufacturing

Bring it on!

Passionate sports enthusiast and family man, Vitec Broadcast Systems CEO Joop Janssen tells Gay Sutton how he pulled off the coup of bringing manufacturing back to the UK and made it hugely profitable, and why he has a soft spot for the Olympics

Total recall

Disasters happen. Two years ago, for example, Dell was one of several laptop makers faced with a serious product recall caused by the supply of faulty batteries. Ruari McCallion finds out how some of the best companies put procedures in place so that, should the worst happen, a product recall can be managed effectively and efficiently

Making payroll pay

Many companies like to stick with the payroll system they know rather than experiment with new flavours. But they may be missing out on useful functionality that integrates with human resources and ERP systems, says Brian Davis