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    Industrial companies relieved at No vote

    British industry saluted Scotland’s decision , with the vote allaying fears over the future of the country’s aerospace and...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Business relieved at Scottish result but concerns remain

    By 6am on Friday businesses across the UK were exhaling a collective sigh of relief at the outcome of the Scottish...

  1. September 8, 2014

    UK manufacturers remain wary of investment

    Britain’s manufacturers remain reluctant to invest more, with up to half not planning to increase spending on machinery in...

  2. September 1, 2014

    Fall in export orders hits UK recovery

    UK manufacturing export orders have turned negative for the first time since the start of 2013, according to a survey that...

  3. August 31, 2014

    Concern grows among UK manufacturers at rising energy costs

    Concern over spiralling costs has thrust energy management up the boardroom agenda across UK manufacturing, according to...

  4. August 18, 2014

    Call for independent body to drive UK infrastructure projects

    Manufacturers have called for the creation of an independent authority to address Britain’s “most pressing” infrastructure...

  5. July 21, 2014

    Chancellor backs down on cutting carbon targets

    George Osborne has been forced to back down from an attempt to weaken measures to tackle global warming, the Financial Times...

  6. July 2, 2014

    EEF urges UK to push for EU reform ‘from within’

    Britain needs to push for EU reform from within the bloc or risk losing millions of jobs and investment, the head of UK...

  7. July 1, 2014

    Strong UK manufacturing activity points to robust growth

    Britain’s manufacturing sector finished the second quarter on a strong note, with an index of sentiment among purchasing...

  8. June 24, 2014

    UK manufacturing better placed to take a pounding

    The tourist’s gain is the manufacturer’s pain. The strength of sterling is rattling companies such as Croda. The chemicals...

  9. June 22, 2014

    CBI president warns Bank of England against early rate rise

    The Bank of England should not raise interest rates this year because of the negative impact on exports, the president of...

  10. June 15, 2014

    Mental illness is industry’s biggest long-term health issue

    Stress and mental health disorders have risen more than any other causes of long-term sickness absence as workers and...

  11. June 10, 2014

    Growth in UK manufacturing sector fastest in 3 years

    Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated in April in a further sign that the economic recovery is broadening....

  12. FT Alphaville

    June 9, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff has a look at the global recovery for goods. David ponders the post...

  13. June 9, 2014

    UK manufacturers raise forecast for output growth

    The UK manufacturers’ trade association has raised its forecast for output growth to 3.6 per cent this year, from the...

  14. June 4, 2014

    Business welcomes focus on enterprise in Queen’s Speech

    Business was relieved that the Queen’s Speech focused on a limited number of bills and had an emphasis on enterprise, but...

  15. May 13, 2014

    FTSE 100 manufacturers lift tally of women directors

    All of Britain’s biggest quoted manufacturers now have women on their boards but more must be done to end male dominance,...

  16. May 7, 2014

    Plans to spin off Highways Agency criticised

    Plans to spin off the Highways Agency into a more autonomous state-owned company will on Wednesday be criticised by a...

  17. April 30, 2014

    British industry warns on skills shortage as 1m jobs loom

    Manufacturing will require almost 1m more workers by 2020 to replace those retiring or leaving, but the quality and quantity...

  18. April 29, 2014

    Patent box holds key to Pfizer-AZ deal’s attraction

    The “patent box” – a big UK tax break for innovative companies – is an important part of the attraction for Pfizer as it...

  19. April 24, 2014

    UK manufacturers pull ahead of EU rivals

    The UK is the cheapest place to manufacture in western Europe, as steady productivity growth and improving cost...

  20. April 21, 2014

    EU blow to UK energy-intensive companies

    Leading UK energy-intensive industries are set to miss out on tens of millions of pounds from a government scheme to...

  21. April 7, 2014

    UK manufacturers call for reduction in EU policy maker numbers

    UK manufacturers have called for a “cull” of Brussels’ 28 European commissioners and a cut in red tape to remove barriers to...

  22. March 27, 2014

    Manufacturing pay settlements average 2.6% in first quarter

    Pay settlements in manufacturing rose to 2.6 per cent in the first quarter, compared with last year’s 2.4 per cent average,...

  23. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: UK manufacturers hail boost for business

    Britain’s manufacturers were delighted to find themselves among the biggest beneficiaries of a Budget aimed at bolstering...

  24. March 17, 2014

    UK exports expected to push output up 2.7% this year

    Manufacturers are seeing increasingly strong growth as UK sales remain firm and exports rise, a survey of nearly 300...

  25. March 16, 2014

    Lack of engineers threatens UK recovery, say industrialists

    A growing shortage of engineering skills threatens to hold back industry’s nascent recovery and wreck efforts to rebalance...

  26. March 12, 2014

    Nine out of 13 UK industry sectors recovering

    Signs of a recovery in almost all UK industry sectors are beginning to show positive momentum. Output rose in nine out of 13...

  27. March 11, 2014

    ‘Reshoring’ could create 200,000 jobs over next decade

    Companies bringing production back to the UK from overseas could create up to 200,000 jobs in Britain over the next decade,...

  28. March 4, 2014

    EU uncertainty weighs on UK manufacturers

    The prospect of Britain leaving the European Union is harmful to UK companies and is already being used by competitors...

  29. March 3, 2014

    Reshoring driven by quality, not costs, say UK manufacturers

    A desire to improve quality, rather than rising wage costs overseas, lies behind the trend towards bringing production back...

  30. February 23, 2014

    Manufacturers warn chancellor over spiralling energy costs

    Vital industries will be forced to invest overseas unless George Osborne acts to check the UK’s spiralling energy costs,...

  31. November 25, 2013

    One in six UK manufacturers reverse offshoring in growing trend

    One in six UK manufacturers has brought production back from overseas during the past year or is in the process of doing so,...

  32. November 17, 2013

    Osborne urged to curb energy costs

    Manufacturers are urging George Osborne to curb energy costs to businesses in his Autumn Statement on December 5, arguing...

  33. September 15, 2013

    UK trails competitors in rebalancing economy, manufacturers warn

    Britain is lagging behind international competitors in its effort to rebalance its economy towards exports and business...

  34. September 2, 2013

    UK manufacturing output and orders at highest in three years

    Output and orders in manufacturing have surged to their highest level in three years, reinforcing hopes that the hard-hit...

  35. August 19, 2013

    Innovation drives growth for exporters to emerging economies

    In the battle to attract customers in emerging markets and compete with lower-cost economies, British manufacturers have...

  36. June 17, 2013

    Effort to reduce sickness absence at work stalls

    Progress in reducing sickness absence, which costs employers at least £9bn a year, has stalled, a survey of manufacturers...

  37. June 10, 2013

    Regional confidence lifts hopes for recovery

    Business activity grew in nearly all UK regions last month, and at its fastest pace since March 2012, in the latest survey...

  38. June 3, 2013

    Manufacturers’ lobby urges cuts to NHS to save investment in jobs

    Manufacturers are urging the coalition to end ringfencing of health in order to protect growth-related areas such as skills,...

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