Machine tools

John Guest: the perfect fit

Data Collection - With output now measured in the millions, the company has turned to automation to help meet growing demand - image courtesy of John Guest.
In a market that champions strategic outsourcing, John Guest, the globally celebrated plumbing systems company, has proudly kept 100% of its manufacturing here in the UK. Jonny Williamson learns how.

The Apprenticeship Levy: it can work for everyone

Nearly a quarter (23%) of levy-paying firms have no understanding of the Apprenticeship Levy or don’t know how their company will respond to it.
The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the creation of three-million new apprenticeships. It is not a popular measure, but Kate Maddison-Greenwell believes that if fully embraced, it can be beneficial for all.