Catapults: supporting UK manufacturing growth

The National Composites Centre (NCC) say the iCAP programme "will bring composites into the digital age, increasing production rates and quality while improving efficiency and reducing cost" - image courtesy of NCC

Help is at hand for manufacturers seeking to invest in R&D around product and processes to drive growth. Peter Russell, head of manufacturing and industrials at Royal Bank of Scotland investigates how the Technology Strategy Board’s Catapult Centres provide manufacturers with a sound support package to ensure innovative ideas make it from drawing boards to market, while also challenging conventional wisdom on how UK manufacturing is done.

STEMNET: A decade of achievement

As STEMNET celebrates its 10th anniversary Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of the popular skills initiative, pays tribute to the tireless work of its STEM Ambassadors and explains why the practical programme for employer engagement works for busy professionals.

Pay and retention: For richer, for poorer

Operations at Perkins factory in Stafford.

Is your employer doing justice to your talents? Or do you feel tempted to move on to a company which does more to keep you happy? James Pozzi finds out which companies and sectors are seen as the most rewarding work environments for today’s engineers.

Employee ownership: Sharing the action

Employee ownership of UK firms is rising at an average annual rate of 10%. But how popular is it with the manufacturing sector and what is the attraction of increasing the employee shareholder stake? Iain Hasdell chief executive of the Employee Ownership Association shares some observations and evidence.

Tax avoidance

TM MAY 2013 Flat Tax - Tax Avoidance image
Posted on 3 May 2013 by Tim Brown

Looking at the tax system as a potential candidate for continuous improvement, Tim Brown investigates whether the current system for raising government revenue is fit for purpose and what alternatives exist.