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SOE launches Plant Engineer of the Year award 03/03/2015

SOE (the Society of Operations Engineers) has launched a new award aimed at recognising the important work done by plant engineers.

Investment in Young People Award presented for first time 03/03/2015

The first Investment in Young People (IiYP) Award has been presented to Ben Foster, an employee at Stoke in Trent-based homewares and ceramics manufacturer Portmeirion Group.

Manufacturing PMI rises to seven-month high 02/03/2015

The growth rate of the UK manufacturing sector continued to strengthen at the start of 2015, leading to further job creation. Companies benefited from solid inflows of new business from the domestic market, which offset lower new export order volumes, according to the latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI).

Firms prosecuted after worker loses left leg 02/03/2015

A Tameside factory worker had to have part of his left leg amputated after he was struck by an 850kg metal frame being delivered to a plant in Glossop, a court has heard.

UK engineering is 'a success story that needs sustaining' – EPSRC 02/03/2015

A report on the economic impact of engineering in the UK has been published by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Economy growing at a steady pace 02/03/2015

Economic growth was slightly slower in the three months to February, but still maintained a strong pace, according to the latest CBI growth indicator.

FSB recommends ways to boost the UK's lacklustre productivity 02/03/2015

The All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group, supported by the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), has identified seven drivers to boost UK productivity in a new report.

Car exports to India increase nine-fold in five years 02/03/2015

The number of UK-built cars exported to India has increased nine-fold since 2009, with 2,836 British-built cars sold in the country in 2014, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

UK aerospace industry boosted by commercial aircraft 02/03/2015

The UK's aerospace industry has been boosted by around £1.3 billion in January 2015 alone, according to aerospace trade organisation ADS Group.

Manchester prepares to put manufacturing back in the spotlight 02/03/2015

A strategy designed to put manufacturing firmly at the forefront of Manchester's agenda has been published by Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP).

Industry sees positive start to 2015 - EEF survey 02/03/2015

Britain's manufacturers have enjoyed a relatively strong start to 2015 with confidence for the rest of the year being translated into continued intentions by manufacturers to recruit and invest, according to a survey published by EEF and law firm DLA Piper.

Manufacturers deliver powerful pre-election message 27/02/2015

Leading UK manufacturers have sent a powerful pre-election message about the sector's ambitions for the future and the support urgently required from the next Government.

Business Minister opens £110m Rolls-Royce advanced turbine blade casting facility 27/02/2015

Rolls-Royce has marked the official opening of its new £110 million Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) in Rotherham with a ceremony conducted by Business Minister Matthew Hancock.

Olympus KeyMed wins employer award 27/02/2015

Olympus KeyMed, based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, has been awarded 'Top Employers UK 2015' certification by the Top Employers Institute (TEI).

ACT's new chief announces £1m expansion plans 27/02/2015

Investment of £1 million in technology, growth in automotive and a move into aerospace are the initial aims of the new boss of Applied Component Technology (ACT). Dermot Sterne has joined the Wrexham-based manufacturer to capitalise on its expertise in delivering lightweight solutions to a global customer base.

EEF urges incoming government to 'embed growth plans' 26/02/2015

Britain's manufacturers have set the next government four key priorities to build on and secure the economic recovery, or risk failing to build the better balanced economy the UK urgently needs.

Engineering firm in court after worker crushed by two-tonne frame 25/02/2015

A Cumbrian engineering firm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £501 in prosecution costs after a worker suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a metal frame, weighing nearly two tonnes.

BGF lands Chemoxy a £20m funding package 25/02/2015

Contract chemical manufacturer Chemoxy has received a £10 million growth capital investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund). At the same time, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will be providing £10m new working capital facilities taking the total funding package to £20m.

Certification scheme offers route to prove origin of manufacture 25/02/2015

An independent certification scheme has been developed in response to a growing demand from manufacturers wanting to prove the origin of their goods.

JLR wins Skills Innovation title at Semta Skills Awards 25/02/2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been crowned champion of skills innovation at the Semta Skills Awards 2015, which celebrate the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Cable unveils 'landmark opportunity for UK business' 25/02/2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched the UK's International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB 2016).

Sales and investment up in England's SME manufacturers 24/02/2015

Small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) in England are defying predictions of a slowdown in the sector by posting increases in current and predicted sales.

Poor industrial lighting 'costs UK £1.4bn a year' 24/02/2015

Three quarters of UK industrial lighting installations don't meet current industry design standards and could be costing the UK as much as £1.4 billion a year, according to Eriks UK.

IET and IMechE collaborate on engineering education grant scheme 24/02/2015

The (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have merged their educational grant schemes to produce greater coherence in their funding for formal and informal learning support.

Britain in danger of being left behind in fourth industrial revolution, warns EEF 23/02/2015

Britain is on the cusp of a global, technology-driven fourth industrial revolution, with eight in 10 manufacturers (80%) saying it will become a business reality by 2025. However, the UK's ability to be a frontrunner hangs in the balance, according to a survey from the EEF.

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