Features

The hidden value of waste

Removing the use of landfill sites completely is the holy grail of many manufacturing companies
Posted on 8 Nov 2012 by

Are waste-to-energy solutions too good to be true as a means to combat rising fuel and waste disposal costs? Peter Russell, head of manufacturing & industrials at RBS, considers refuse under a new light, analysing the benefits current waste-to-energy solutions are offering companies and how these will mature in coming years.

Workforce and skills: Life skills

While university graduates will always be essential to the life sciences industry, changing conditions and end-user needs mean employers with a one track mind on skills sourcing may be at a disadvantage. Sector skills council Cogent aims to create beacons of best practice in diverse skills sourcing.

Hungry for improvement

Pursuing operational excellence is an unending and task. But how hard and fast should improvement be pushed and what is the role of management in setting the pace? On October 3 manufacturing and operational excellence leaders met to discuss these questions at a Manufacturing Directors Forum event.

Papaya: Making light work of administration

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 by Tim Brown

As one of the nation’s premiere producers of specialty lettuces, Jepco is highly reliant on its several-hundred-strong seasonal workforce in order to satisfy the needs of its customers. As Tim Brown found out, the streamlining of Jepco’s HR administration has allowed the company to search for even more green shoots.

Lead Story – Industrial Strategy uncovered

Vince Cable announces his industrial strategy at Imperial College London
Posted on 26 Oct 2012 by

A business bank, employee-led skills, backing technologies and sectors, and fairer government procurement. Some will say they've heard it all before, but could the 'new' industrial strategy be a serious part of the missing economic mandate Britains needs?