At a dinner hosted by British Gas Business and The Manufacturer magazine, several representatives of manufacturing firms across the UK met with Jeff Whittingham and Tim Hooper of British Gas Business to discuss the most pressing issues affecting manufacturers today – and how a new way of managing energy usage could deliver significant cost savings. Becky Done reports
Bob Gibbon, managing director at the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, explains why an economic downturn is the right time for employers to undertake an organisational skills audit, identify where the gaps are and invest in the training of its existing staff to ensure that those gaps are plugged
It is no secret that protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) and maintaining good product quality in China is a challenge. Ross Parsonage, senior associate at Rouse & Co. in Beijing, explains some of the issues facing UK companies which work with Chinese partners.
Business investment has been a key driver of the improved competitiveness of manufacturing in recent years. Investment in intangibles and capital equipment has supported companies’ efforts to raise innovation performance and develop new offerings for customers.
In recent years UK manufacturers have found a renewed vigour. New strategies have ranged from the development of innovative products and services and the move into high value niche markets to increasing exports to new and fast growing emerging economies. Importantly, companies have reinforced these growth strategies with an increased focus on improving productivity and efficiency.