Keep calm and carry on claiming

SME claims for R&D have risen 49% since 2009 according to HMRC data. Mark Evans, MD of R&D Tax Claims urges new comers to the scheme to now embed the claim process as business as usual and open their eyes to the Patent Box too.

Reuse me

The real value in 3D modelling technologies comes from data reuse, says Keith Nichols, a consultant at industry technology analyst Cambashi.

Designing materials from the molecule up

Demands on manufactured materials are changing and companies must collaborate across industry and with chemical scientists to develop new, high performance materials from the molecule up says John Conti-Ramsden from the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry

Making it indestructible

Making paint indestructible

Birmingham's rich industrial heritage in the automotive and metals industries has been fed by an impressive array of smaller manufacturers in and around Britain’s second city. Indestructible Paint Ltd, a supplier of coatings for the aerospace and defence industries is one of those, as James Pozzi discovers.

A false economy

Quality and quantity of graduates lacking, warns EEF

In the midst of debate over the ethics and legality of zero-hours contracting Neil Pickering, marketing manager at Kronos, argues that the employment model could damage long term productivity in businesses if it continues to proliferate.

HOT TOPIC: Growing UK exports

Posted on 18 Sep 2013 by Tim Brown

June brought news that the UK was finally beginning to tackle its long-standing trade deficit. But July's balance of trade figures failed to deliver a second consecutive month of rosy data with UKTI calling for more manufacturers to rise to the export challenge.