Phil Burns, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, took up his craft apprenticeship at a time when they were a major entry route to a career in manufacturing and engineering. Thirty-nine years later, he is due to meet with the Queen to receive an MBE for services to the defence industry. Here he talks to TM about his recent recognition and skills for success.
Manufacturing may not always have been the best environment in which to see female professional talent shine. But times are changing, and many companies are now finding that their highest flying apprentices are among the gradually swelling ranks of young women entering the industry. TM highlights some of Britain’s finest female prodigies showcased during National Apprenticeship Week last month.
Jane Gray talks to leaders from the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium about the new structure behind a respected SME support service and learns that despite new administration and focus, continuity of provision has been unshaken.
Wen Zheng is a mechanical engineering consultant at Leyton, an international group with 15 years global experience in processing R&D tax claims. But Zheng is concerned that only a relatively small number of manufacturers still take advantage of this support. Here she raises awareness.
This Lancashire ice cream maker has scooped awards and will be supplying Cadbury with Icecream for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. By John Silcox.
Peter Russell, head of manufacturing, UK Sector Coverage, at Royal Bank of Scotland, considers how British firms might access or increase their share of attractive Chinese export markets.
Following TM's focus on export opportunities in China last month Anthony Shepherd of export agency Shepherd International, responds in a bid to crunch the data on export opportunities in China and highlight the wealth of professional help available to companies with export intentions beyond government bodies.
The Autumn Statement in 2011 primed industry for details on ‘above the line’ R&D tax relief and the introduction of the Patent Box, due in the Budget in late March 2012. These tax adjustments are designed to help industry grow in the UK, but do they side-step a much more direct route to economic recovery and the reduction of unemployment? TM investigates the constraining effects of employer National Insurance contributions.
From April 2013, a phased introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) will see employers submitting payroll data to HMRC via the centralised registration service for e-Government services in the UK, Government Gateway, on or before payments credit employee’s bank accounts.