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UK 'still a manufacturing nation', says ONS 22/10/2014

Perceptions that manufacturing is disappearing from the UK are wide of the mark, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Supply chain change could lead to 500,000 new jobs, says CBI 21/10/2014

Targeted action to revitalise domestic supply chains could inject £30 billion into the economy by 2025, creating more than half a million jobs across the UK, according to a CBI report.

Your chance to visit a top UK manufacturer at WMMC 2014 21/10/2014

Delegates to Works Management's Manufacturing Conference (WMMC) 2014 in Leicester on 20-21 November will have the opportunity to visit one of several top UK manufacturers including Triumph Motorcycles, Weetabix and train making giant Bombardier Transportation.

MP recognises first EEF apprentices to graduate 21/10/2014

Local MP Khalid Mahmood (pictured) has presented awards celebrating the achievements of the first group of apprentices to graduate from EEF's training centre which opened in March.

Parliamentary group calls for better government support for business 21/10/2014

An influential group of parliamentarians and manufacturing organisations has called on the government to offer long-term support programmes for businesses.

Vernacare offers Ebola aid in Sierra Leone 21/10/2014

Infection prevention products from Vernacare are helping to combat the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Lancashire manufacturer – winner of the Judges' Special Award at the 2012 Best Factory Awards – makes disposable toileting products such as bedpans and urinals.

Rolls-Royce predicts flat profits 17/10/2014

Rolls-Royce expects its revenue in 2014 to be 3.5% to 4% lower than 2013. It said: "In the last few months economic conditions have deteriorated and Russian trade sanctions have tightened, leading a number of customers to delay or cancel orders particularly in our nuclear and energy and power systems businesses."

Unipart welcomes next generation of engineers 17/10/2014

Unipart Manufacturing has opened its doors to the UK's next generation of engineers and manufacturers. Twenty-nine students – 23 under graduates and 6 post graduates – were welcomed to the UK's first 'Faculty on the Factory Floor' at Unipart's manufacturing site in Coventry to begin their education in 21st century manufacturing and engineering skills.

Demand for problem solving training rockets 16/10/2014

There has been a 200% hike in demand for practical problem solving training, according to new figures from EEF. The year-on-year surge in interest comes as manufacturers and engineering firms shift up a gear post-recession, with many now looking to refocus attention away from fire-fighting and on to long-term quality and profitability.

MAS urges small manufacturers to get ‘Fit for Nuclear’ 16/10/2014

More than 300 small manufacturers are set to benefit from specialist support to access the UK's £60 billion civil nuclear new build programme.

Multi-million-pound innovation competition launched 16/10/2014

New product development business Pera Technology has announced the second stage of its multi-million-pound innovation competition.

Food & Drink Skills Academy in career boost for women 16/10/2014

The National Skill Academy for Food & Drink has launched a UK-wide drive to propel women up the industry career ladder.

Manufacturing Champions Awards deadline extended 14/10/2014

The entry deadline to nominate your star factory employees for Works Management's all-new Manufacturing Champions Awards has been extended to 24 October.

Nissan expands UK school engagement programme 14/10/2014

Nissan has announced that it is to expand its schools engagement activities in the UK to encourage British schoolchildren to consider careers in the automotive industry.

Skills policy flip-flops damaging industry – C&G Group 14/10/2014

Constant change over the past three decades has damaged the UK's skill system, according to the City & Guilds Group.

High energy costs could drive investment overseas warning 10/10/2014

Britain's ambitions for a better-balanced economy could be seriously undermined by escalating energy costs, according to the EEF.

CBI warns ‘march of the makers’ could be halted 10/10/2014

The opportunities for a renaissance in manufacturing, which could create 500,000 extra jobs by 2025, could be undermined if the UK's industrial strategy is not cemented for the long-term, the head of the CBI has warned.

BAE Systems announces possible job losses 10/10/2014

BAE Systems has announced 440 potential managerial job losses within its Military Air & Information (MAI) business. It said the proposal was driven by the organisation's continuous drive for efficiency.

Exports and manufacturing growth slow 09/10/2014

Domestic manufacturing sales and orders fell sharply in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest quarterly economic survey from the British Chambers of Commerce. Compared with Q2, they were down from +42% to +23% and from +41% to +24% respectively.

Poor performing applications hit manufacturers’ revenue 09/10/2014

Manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT, according to the latest research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse.

RBS and NatWest launch £1bn small business fund 09/10/2014

RBS and NatWest have launched a £1 billion fund aimed at supporting small UK businesses.

Manufacturing supports production growth 09/10/2014

Manufacturing output was the largest contributor (up 3.9%) to a total production output increase of 2.5% in August 2014 compared with a year earlier.

UK aerospace sector set for £160bn order book bonanza 09/10/2014

The global aircraft order backlog has reached a new record following a bumper number of orders throughout August. The backlog, which now stands at 12,113 aircraft and 21,128 engines, could be worth up to £160bn to the UK, according to aerospace trade organisation ADS Group.

No volume control at Keighley company 09/10/2014

A firm specialising in foam and feather furnishings has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £4,457 in costs after failing to protect its workforce from excessive noise levels made by production machinery.

Many manufacturers in the dark over real time processes 09/10/2014

A lack of visibility into manufacturing processes is the biggest issue plaguing manufacturer, according to a survey by intelligence solutions provider Ubisense.

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