How to make innovation work for your company

Innovation has become a buzz word in industry marketing and strategic rhetoric. But how do companies ensure that investments in time and resource for innovation give returns? Andy Dean, reach® Director at Pera Technology, discusses explains the management and practice approaches required.

Face up to First Aid Requirements

The Health and Safety Executive announced on Monday that from October 1 2013 it will cease regulating workplace first aid training providers. What does this mean for the manufacturing industry? John Cavanagh, regional commercial training director at first aid charity St John Ambulance explains.

The Riddle of Reference Pricing

While retailers carry most of the risk in pricing decisions, manufacturers being asked to support special offers need to be aware of the legality of their customers’ actions. After a spat of reference pricing scandals, Dominic Watkins, senior associate at business law firm DWF, explains the regulatory landscape for pricing.

Train to gain: A health & safety perspective

Manufacturing is proving a moneyspinner for the Health and Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention scheme. A more proactive approach to health & safety training and compliance in the sector would allow employers to avoid FFI fees while improving productivity and, most importantly, saving lives argues Clive James, Training Officer at St John Ambulance.

SUMMER SECTOR FOCUS: Alcoholic Beverages

Whatever your views on the morality or health implications, there’s no denying that alcohol equals big business the world over. This summer, TM’s editorial team took on the heavy burden of investigating the challenges and opportunities for alcoholic beverage manufacturers in the UK – someone had to do it.

Total performance

With the prospect of implementing its first independent ERP system ahead, Tarmac Building Products found it had neither the capability nor desire to host and manage the application. Like an increasing number of manufacturers, it chose to outsource.

Quantum leap

The realisation of R&D tax credit benefits has put a £21,500 boost behind further innovation at Birmingham based Quantum Precision Engineering.

Seduced by Swindon

It’s the secret manufacturing and technology hub of the South West. As Swindon ramps up its hydrogen transport cluster, Forward Swindon explains why ambitious manufacturing firms across sectors should consider establishing a footprint in the town.