Government money for apprenticeships is flowing fast while so many other budgets suffer in this age of austerity. But there is more to establishing a working apprenticeship programme than taking the cash and identifying the right candidates to train up. TM uncovers some of the changes to management style and practice that companies need to prepare for.
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.
One hundred years ago today the RMS Titanic sunk in the north Atlantic Ocean. Adam Khan explores the extraordinary engineering achievement behind the infamous disaster.
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.
Richard Tinsdeall, Autodesk PLM sales director EMEA, discusses how Autodesk’s new cloud-based alternative offers all the benefits of PLM at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. Does this development represent a disruptive technology shift for the PLM market?
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.