New research shows that 64% of manufacturers have taken a financial hit during the past two years as they struggle to prepare for an unknown trading environment post-Brexit, and almost half have already seen a negative change in EU customer/supplier appetite for doing business with them.
Innovative businesses creating green alternatives to plastic bottles, cosmetic beads and synthetic materials are being backed by new funding from the government and Sky. Simon Edmonds reports on these and on new funding opportunities for UK manufacturers.
Over the past 10 years, the issue of stagnating UK productivity has grown to seem almost unstoppable. Each multifactor release from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) offers few signs of hope — to the point that no individual solution seems sufficient to tackle such an overwhelming problem.
Terry Scuoler CBE has played a leading role in Britain’s manufacturing sector for several decades. Following long and successful stints at BAE Systems and Ferranti Technologies, Scuoler was chief executive of Make UK (formerly EEF) from 2010 until 2017 and is currently the chairman of the Institute of Export & International Trade.
Low-energy manufacturing is a hot topic, as energy prices rise and periods of uncertainty cause unease within the sector, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their energy output and cut their costs.