At RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, we are committed to supporting growth of the UK manufacturing sector and to helping our customers successfully position their businesses to compete in what are increasingly global markets.
With manufacturing now representing half of UK exports, sustained investment in the sector is an essential part of achieving both medium and longer term growth, at the same time helping deliver a more balanced economy. High value engineering, coupled with the adoption of commercially viable new production techniques and processes will, in our view, be central to delivery of this growth and should therefore continue to be a key area of focus.
Through increased investment and accessing new markets, we do see an opportunity for manufacturing to emerge as a leading contributor to the UK economy, creating wealth and an increasing demand for a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
At RBS, our dedicated sector bankers and relationship directors work together to deliver the best combination of sector knowledge and genuine local relationship management. By taking advantage of our expertise and solutions, you will be able to concentrate on what matters most to you: looking after your customers, your company and your people.
mi is Papaya’s unique cloud-based platform that enables you to manage all your day-to-day business operations via a single dashboard. From audits and documents to safety and training, your information is captured and stored in one place and can be accessed anytime, anywhere from a mobile, tablet or pc by anyone who needs it. mi platform also offers sophisticated reporting and analysis tools, making it an invaluable part of your management team. And like everything from Papaya, it’s refreshingly simple to use and customise, making mi uniquely your own.
Unlike generic MES systems, Aptean’s Factory MES is a purpose built packaged application, designed for specific industries, which requires no customisation and is typically deployed in less than six weeks per factory. This ensures a higher probability of success, shorter time to benefits and the flexibility needed to support growth and change. Factory MES is combined with a proven change method that focuses on developing operator skills and a structure of daily performance reviews to drive better results every run, shift and day.
With Factory MES you can: Identify all manufacturing losses in real-time; Measure metrics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE); Identify potential capacity by highlighting constraints; Eliminate arduous & time consuming paper systems; Reduce downtime/changeover times; Improve daily work control practices; Formalise the existing continuous improvement initiatives; Improve shop floor workforce culture; Use it as a strategic tool to make business decisions for the future.
At Atos we strive to create the firm of the future. We believe that bringing together
people, technology and business is the way forward. Every day we power
sustainable progress for our clients and partners, the wider community and
ourselves. It is our unique approach as business technologists that makes this
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is an international information technology services
company with 2013 annual revenue of € 8.6 billion and 76,300 employees in 52
countries. Serving a global client base, we deliver IT services through Consulting &
Systems Integration, Managed Operations, and transactional services through
Worldline, the European leader and a global player in the payments services
industry. With deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, we work with
clients across different business sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation, Public
Sector & Health, Financial Services, Telecom, Media, and Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organisations
to create their firm of the future. Atos is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market.
Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software present the Autodesk PLM 360 cloud-based platform, which is a next-generation alternative to traditional product lifecycle management that makes the benefits of PLM accessible anytime, anywhere, to companies of all sizes. By offering an affordable, easy-to-use, and simple-to-deploy solution that makes the benefits of PLM business applications available to anyone, anytime, anywhere, Autodesk PLM 360 streamlines the creation and management of information, people, and processes to help manufacturers be competitive and grow their business—with significantly less cost and risk.
Automation Advisory Board
In conjunction with the leading automation equipment suppliers, The Manufacturer magazine has established the Automation Advisory Board to educate owner-managers and factory directors about what automation equipment can do and the benefits it can bring to UK manufacturers.
Automation needs to rise to the board level in companies of all sizes, but especially larger SMEs where the capital equipment could make a profound difference to winning contracts. Companies in non-auto sectors, who are unfamiliar with the range, capability and simplicity of automation kit, need and deserve to know what automation options are available.
The Automation Advisory Board is proudly supported by ABB, BARA, Colin Davis, Festo, Gambica, Mitsubishi Electric, MTC, Omron Electronics, PP Electrical Systems, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Staubli Robotics and The Automated Technology Group.
BoardVantage transforms leadership communications, enabling paperless meetings and processes for boards and executive teams.
Trusted by large organizations worldwide, including half of the Fortune 500, 19 of the Eurotop 100 and 14 of the FTSE100, BoardVantage sets the bar for a rich executive experience and delivers security that meets or exceeds the standards of enterprise IT departments.
BDO is the world’s 5th largest accountancy and business advisory firm providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide. With more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, we bring real leadership across the mid-market. From the core audit and tax services, to a wide range of advisory practices, we work with manufacturing organisations on a national and international level. Our manufacturing sector strength means our advice is always tailored to our clients and their specific circumstances, in the context of what’s happening elsewhere in the sector and in the wider market. So we get to the right answer quickly, and we get it right first time.
For further information on our wide range of services to the manufacturing sector please contact Roger Buckley, Partner: [email protected] or T: +44(0) 121 352 6213
At British Gas we don’t just supply businesses with energy, we want to help Britain’s businesses reduce their energy demand today and secure energy management solutions for tomorrow.
The rising cost of energy is one of the most critical challenge facing manufacturing today, and the biggest threat to the growth of this industry. British Gas have built a close working relationship with manufacturers, which has lead to the development of a sustainability proposition aimed at building a sustainable future through:
- Reducing on site electricity consumption
- Producing more on site electricity generation
Our philosophy is based around creating a holistic strategy which is tailored towards the customer’s specific needs. By concentrating on the manufacturing sector, we can offer a solution which provides long term energy savings, a carbon neutral lighting solution, and a payback of less than 5 years.
Dr Randall Bowen
Tel: 07789 570055
Email: [email protected]
Columbus knows how to make clients more successful by adapting and implementing proven, Microsoft-based solution sets to maximise efficiency and overall business performance of manufacturing companies.
With deep engagement in the manufacturing industry, we build targeted solution sets on top of the reliable Microsoft platform that let you adapt to market change on a future-proof basis. Our solutions often meet 80% of the industry requirements right off, and with individual adaption, you will experience the full impact on your business performance with a lower total cost of ownership.
Exceeding 20 years of experience and 6,000 successful business cases, Columbus is as a global top 3 Microsoft partner in the manufacturing industry.
View the latest whitepapers from Columbus below:
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EAL is the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for industry qualifications.
We operate at the heart of the engineering sector, offering engineering and manufacturing qualifications that are precisely tuned to meet employer needs. Our unrivalled knowledge and experience of the sector results in qualifications that carry weight and respect with industry employers and deliver real career benefits for learners.
In the last ten years 1.3 million people in the UK embarked on an EAL qualification in schools, colleges, universities, private training facilities and workplaces the length and breadth of the UK. Our industry expertise, coupled with our world class service levels, means that employers opt to use EAL qualifications to develop their employees.
We invest in the industries we serve and the skills of those who work within them. As part of this commitment, EAL is pleased to sponsor The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015.
energyTEAM is a market-leading, independent energy purchasing and management consultancy, providing a full range of procurement solutions as well as related services including: Energy Consultancy, Risk Management, Metering & Data, Invoice validation and Consumption analysis.
ENER-G Group company ENER-G Combined Power, works together with manufacturers to reduce their building carbon footprint, energy consumption and costs using their efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems from 4kW to 10MW.
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries.
Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability.
With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand.
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The EPSRC Centre seeks to coordinate and provide the research capability for the creation of high value engineering systems based on design and manufacturing for through-life engineering services.
We aim to improve the availability, predictability and reliability of such products to deliver the lowest possible whole life cycle. Our vision is to provide thought leadership in through-life engineering services and be the first choice for UK manufacturing companies for technological solutions, research and development capability, knowledge, skill and advice. We value creativity, integrity, inclusiveness, community building, flexibility, innovation and dealing with real life complexity.
The EPSRC Centre is hosted by Cranfield and Durham Universities. The core partners are Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation and MoD. There are fourteen other industry partners in the centre. As a National Centre we welcome new partners across all high value manufacturing sectors.
Gap Personnel 2014
If you need to increase your temporary workforce’s productivity whilst maintaining complete flexibility through peaks and troughs in business demands, our integrated onsite teams’ management of key performance criteria such as attrition, core skill selection and multi skilling will deliver guaranteed efficiency improvements.
gap onsite supports your business in meeting and exceeding your customer demands through forming a long term partnership to deliver best practice. gap onsite has a 15 year history as one of the fastest growing industrial recruitment agencies in the UK. With this extensive experience we have invaluable insight into the needs of our clients and draw upon our expertise to deliver proven and measurable results. With gap onsite you retain control whilst we take full responsibility for your temporary workforce needs.
We offer specialised delivery processes to meet the specific demands of the following sectors:
- Warehousing & Distribution
With 25 years’ experience, HSO is a leading provider of ERP and CRM software solutions designed specifically for the equipment rental, manufacturing and maintenance industry. Powered by the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform, HSO combines both industry-specific knowledge and enterprise grade technology to enable equipment companies to run their businesses profitably on a leading industry-standard technology platform.
HSO’s innovative ERP and CRM solutions offers equipment rental and asset management companies a customer driven suite of tools that helps them plan, operate, and power cross-organisation performance. Our international availability means we can comfortably manage large multi-site implementations while providing the local expertise you need, wherever you are.
View – HSO Profile Sheet
Industry Forum is a leading provider of sustainable business improvement solutions to the UK manufacturing sector.
We support world-leading manufacturers and suppliers increase their operational performance by offering tailored programmes aimed at improving their supply chain management, boosting performance, reducing costs and increasing profitability.
We provide the highest quality of expertise, delivered with enthusiasm, creating the right method of application to suit the situation and context built in conjunction with our customers around the following key service areas.
Consulting Services – Interim Resources – Training & Development – Audit & Assessment
With over 20 years’ experience in supporting our clients in developing their supply chain management capabilities, and as successful facilitators of several supply chain initiatives in the UK, we have a wealth of experience and expertise to bring to your business.
At Kimberly-Clark Professional we have a vision. A vision for ourselves, but more importantly a vision for our customers. A vision to work with customers to create an Exceptional Workplace, a workplace that is Healthier, Safer and more Productive. A workplace that enables customers and their employees to achieve their goals.
By combining innovative products with insights and expertise Kimberly-Clark Professional works with customers like you to create an Exceptional Workplace – Healthier, Safer, More Productive.
One of our key programmes focusing on the industrial sector is The Efficient Workplace Programme. By utilizing LEAN principles, we work with you to gain a deeper understanding of your operations and to help identify and eliminate sources of waste and safety hazards associated with the use of industrial consumables in your operation.
We have visited dozens of world class automotive, aerospace and metal manufacturers and walked their factory floors to help them identify waste & hazards. We call it the Waste & Hazard Walk.
Let us be your second pair of eyes and give you a fresh perspective on how you can optimise the industrial supplies you use.
Make it Cheaper
Make It Cheaper has been making switching and saving easy for Britain’s businesses since 2007.
Our UK-based experts save you the trouble of shopping around for a better deal on electricity, gas, insurance, merchant services and telecoms. You tell us what you need – and once we’ve found a new contract or policy you like, we go ahead and take care of setting it up.
More than 10,000 British manufacturers of all sizes have used our service to save money, time and hassle. We secure them market-leading deals – they keep their outgoings to a minimum and give their profits a welcome boost. Easy.
Manufacturers have always worked to improve performance against benchmarks such as cost, time-to-market, product quality, and inventory optimization. Now globalization, contract manufacturing, growing environmental and social awareness, and the need for instant operational insight are adding new opportunities as well as challenges. Microsoft helps manufacturers meet these opportunities and challenges with a powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is purposely built for manufacturing organizations. The Microsoft vision for manufacturing is one in which workers in a wide range of manufacturing businesses access specific information easily and securely with the tools they need to perform their individual roles, from a single source from any location around the world. This unified approach enables each manufacturing business to run, and continuously improve, its own unique mix of manufacturing processes, across multiple sites and geographies. Microsoft Manufacturing solutions reflects the Microsoft commitment to deliver the breadth and depth of innovation to manufacturers, to help them realise this vision.
For over 60 years, Pera Training has delivered first rate training across the Manufacturing Industry.
Training that is focused on real results, our strategy is simple – we show your learners how to improve, then we help them to make improvements.
- Immediate results – making three real world improvements in their workplace as part of the programme.
- Training delivered on site – minimising disruption to your business.
- We only use industry qualified improvement Engineers, who speak the learners language and have the knowledge to ensure the correct coaching and toolset is used to sustain those improvements.
- Embed sustainable improvements – working as part of a team. A team ethic develops confidence and gives ownership of the changes; further helping to sustain the improvements.
Get the competitive edge with the Manufacturing Excellence Programme from Pera Training.
SDL allows companies to optimize their customers’ experience across the entire buyer journey. Through its web content management, analytics, social intelligence, campaign management and translation services, SDL helps organizations leverage data-driven insights to understand what their customers want, orchestrate relevant content and communications, and deliver engaging and contextual experiences across languages, cultures, channels and devices.
SDL has over 1,500 enterprise customers, over 400 partners and a global infrastructure of 70 offices in 38 countries. We also work with 72 of the top 100 brands.
Sheffield Hallam University
The Centre is helping to tackle industry challenges by unlocking technological innovation in a way that revolutionises the sector, and by training future talent to ensure a supply of highly qualified engineering professionals.
We’re working with companies of all sizes to help them develop advanced processes and equipment in areas including energy management, robotics and automation, waste management and packaging design.
In 2014 we launched the UK’s first full-time MEng Food Engineering, developed in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, and supported by industry partners including Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz.
Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years, supporting manufacturers in the UK since 1847. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a leading provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions and automation and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading supplier of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT.
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™,recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 300,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $13.4 billion for year ended March 31, 2014 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India.
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Truphone is the only mobile operator in the world that expands the reach of businesses beyond the borders of their home country. We help you improve collaboration with your supply chain by providing multiple international mobile numbers on a single SIM for a group of eight countries, called the Truphone Zone (UK, US, Germany, Spain, Poland, Australia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands). This enables you to make international calls that are treated as local calls and provide contacts a direct way to get in touch on a local number.
The Truphone Zone is at the heart of a group of 66 countries called Truphone World. Here, people can talk, text and download, just as they do at home, with bundles of voice, text and high speed data that work across the entire footprint. The Truphone World countries account for 70 per cent of all international travel routes, including all of Europe and key business destinations in North America, South America, Asia and Oceania.
Globally, Truphone serves people in more than 200 countries, with regional bundles that provide predictable costs. Unlike traditional operators, Truphone has a higher quality network performance due to six points of presence (PoPs) in four continents. These PoPs shorten the distance that voice, text and data information has to travel resulting in high speed data and high quality calling for a seamless and consistent international mobile experience.
Headquartered in London, Truphone has 13 offices across four continents and continues to expand globally. Truphone is an associate member of the GSM Association (GSMA), confirming it as compliant with GSMA standards that ensure interoperability with fellow telecommunications organisations around the world. Clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across multiple sectors.
Unipart Logistics is one of Europe’s leading independent logistics companies.
We manage end-to-end supply chain solutions for our customers as well as providing individual services such as warehousing, fulfilment and reverse logistics. Through our consulting arm, we help our clients to optimise their supply chains.
What sets us apart is a strong corporate philosophy, ‘The Unipart Way’, which guides the work of our 7,000 worldwide employees. Based on Lean principles, our way of working is designed to maximise efficiency and minimise waste.
The Unipart Way has attracted a diverse, global client-base that extends from retail to technology and automotive.
It means we constantly improve our processes and build the skills of employees, both within our own organisation and at our clients’ operations.
University of Birmingham
At the University of Birmingham our research leads to new inventions and fuels innovation and business growth. We produce 6,000 talented and highly employable graduates every year. We play an integral role in the economic, social, and cultural growth of our nation and our region. We generate over £1 billion of regional economic activity each year and support nearly 12,000 jobs.
Some of the mechanisms that we use to support businesses and entrepreneurs include access to our intellectual property, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a new Business Club for SMEs, and free incubation space at Birmingham Research Park.
Whether you are a large corporate organisation or a small business, and whether you require a short term solution or have a long term project in mind, you can tap into the world-class expertise at the University of Birmingham.
We have an excellent team of enthusiastic Business Engagement Partners waiting to learn more about the challenges you are facing. If you are a business seeking a solution that will propel your business forward, then please contact us at [email protected] or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/partners.
WMG, University of Warwick
WMG was founded by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing. From its inception, WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice.
Today, WMG is one of the world’s leading research and education groups, with over 500 people working across six buildings on the Warwick campus plus collaborative centres in seven countries. WMG has an annual programme of £180m which includes industrial and in-kind support.
An academic department of the University of Warwick, WMG is an international role model for how universities and business can successfully work together.
WMG leads major multi-partner projects, and through innovative technology create and develop exciting new processes and products that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations. These projects are across a range of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, digital, energy and utilities and healthcare.
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Lean Management Journal
Lean Management Journal is a leading publication on lean and continuous improvement offering in-depth analysis, comment, case studies and reviews to give insight into the most important issues facing the lean community.
Since its launch in 2009, LMJ has laid the foundations of a strong international readership community. Subscribers from Europe, United States, Argentina, and Australia benefit from the knowledge exchanges LMJ facilitates.
Breaking down traditional conceptions about lean, LMJ is a cross-sector publication with contributions in every issue from public and private sectors lean leaders in businesses specialising in everything from car hire to financial services, healthcare and telecommunications as well as the traditional manufacturing base.
Ten issues of the journal are published every year, providing updates on the latest events, debates and achievements from within the lean community.
Social Sift is an all-in-one social media management tool for marketing, sales and customer service; allowing companies to post, moderate and measure across multiple social networks, all from one central dashboard. It supports sentiment tagging, Boolean search and stream filters and it’s visualiser displays conversation analysis which allows you to identify volume, participation distribution and word clusters. Through the use of social analytic and workflow reports you can easily monitor and evaluate both campaign and team performance against established KPIs. #decodethenoise
The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015
The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX) is an annual awards programme delivered by The Manufacturer, in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
TMMX was formed in 2015 by the merger of two of the industry’s leading awards programmes: The Manufacturer of the Year Awards and the Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards.
With a combined heritage spanning four decades, TMMX is dedicated to encouraging and promoting competitive manufacturing in the UK, and celebrating the very best in the industry annually.
With a range of categories tailored to suit manufacturing businesses of all sizes and sectors, these awards provide the opportunity to gain valuable business improvement advice and industry-wide recognition for your achievements, your employees and your business.