Keep an open mind when it comes to open innovation

Modifications to the Patent Box in this year’s Budget are designed to encourage R&D investment in the UK and to get companies innovating. But how can UK manufacturing ensure that maximum value is extracted from these new government measures for individual firms and the industry as a whole? Dave Croston, partner and patent attorney at Withers & Rogers, argues that open innovation has a role to play.

Lead story: Waste not, want not

Posted on 4 Apr 2012 by Tim Brown

Finding alternatives to landfill for many kinds of waste is far from a pipe dream. Manufacturers, retail chains and local councils frequently wax lyrical about their ‘zero waste to landfill’ achievements. But are these feel good stories simply obscuring the fact that recycling potential for many reusable materials is far from being met for UK manufacturers? Tim Brown investigates.

Marshalling your resources: using IT to increase profits

Since Marshalls implemented AX, it has used it to support its growing ecommerce activities
Posted on 4 Apr 2012 by

Marshalls is the UK’s leading manufacturer of superior natural stone and innovative concrete hard landscaping products. It was established over 130 years ago and supplies the construction, home improvement and landscape markets, specialising in a wide range of products, design services and technical expertise. This study explores its selection of and implementation journey with Microsoft’s Dynamics AX ERP solution with their partner eBECS.

SWIM for it: South West Innovative Manufacturing

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by

SWIM: a new business forum in the South West, organised by BDO LLP, Barclays and insurers Marsh, to share ideas and best practice, provide tax and business advice and develop personal and professional networks. Will Stirling attended its first meeting.