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    1. May 18, 2015

      UK manufacturer survey shows first-quarter rise in export orders

      Britain’s manufacturers have provided a glimmer of optimism about the outlook for exports, with new research pointing to a...

    2. May 17, 2015

      UK ceramics industry in battle over heritage

      The acquisition of Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton by a Finnish group has reignited the debate over false and misleading...

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    1. May 13, 2015

      A UK productivity evangelist with eyes on £300bn prize

      John Neill bristles at the suggestion that he is the leader of a cult. But he is messianic about the need to save British...

    2. May 12, 2015

      UK industrial output jumps in March

      UK industrial production picked up in March, boosting hopes that weak overall growth in the first quarter of the year was a...

    3. May 1, 2015

      UK factories suffer slower growth in April

      Growth in activity at British factories declined in April, delivering more bad news for the economy just a week after...

    4. April 27, 2015

      UK manufacturing recovery has slowed, CBI says

      The speed of the British manufacturing recovery has slowed and companies are more gloomy about their competitiveness in the...

    5. April 10, 2015

      Data show further decline in UK construction in February

      The Conservatives’ hopes of gaining a pre-election boost from strong economic growth figures have taken a knock, with...

    6. April 1, 2015

      UK manufacturing activity hits 8-month high

      The UK manufacturing sector powered ahead in March, suggesting the economy is on course for a healthy expansion in the first...

    7. March 31, 2015

      Honda eases fears for Swindon plant with £200m injection

      Honda’s struggling UK operation has been given a shot in the arm with the announcement that it will become the sole producer...

    8. March 27, 2015

      Lightbulb moment as first mass-market graphene product goes live

      The first mass market product made with the “miracle material” graphene is about to go on sale: a lightbulb. The invention...

    9. March 26, 2015

      Black cab makers hail next generation of London icon

      The London Taxi Company has set out its vision of the future for the black cab and it involves green technology, exports to...

    10. March 26, 2015

      Karmic payback for a UK city the crisis killed

      The recorded commentary of Birmingham’s Ferris wheel used to announce: “Ici, L’Arc de Triomphe”, lifting fun-seekers high...

    11. March 25, 2015

      Jaguar Land Rover invests £400m in Midlands plant

      Jaguar Land Rover has given a boost to the Midlands with an investment of more than £400m in a plant near Birmingham and a...

    12. March 17, 2015

      UK’s Acro founder is evangelist for no-recline aircraft seats

      On a recent Norwegian Air Shuttle flight back to the UK from a business trip in Sweden, Chris Brady gave the back of his...

    13. March 11, 2015

      UK motor industry fights ‘demonisation’ of diesel cars

      Britain’s motor industry has moved to avert a backlash against diesel cars and protect a market that is key to recovering...

    14. March 11, 2015

      UK manufacturing output falls in January

      UK manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in January, dealing a blow to hopes that the sector was recovering after a weak...

    15. March 8, 2015

      Supersonic car showcases UK engineering

      In a cavernous hangar on the outskirts of Bristol, one of the world’s most challenging engineering projects is taking place....

    16. March 6, 2015

      Wanted: investors who can electrify the British economy

      Quite soon Britain’s last deep mine will haul up its final lump of coal. The book will close on an industry that once...

    17. March 4, 2015

      Study recasts innovation as main driver of regional divide

      Blaming the emergence of a north-south divide in England on the decline of manufacturing is far too simplistic, according to...

    18. March 4, 2015

      Resurrection man Jim McColl takes on Clyde challenge

      Jim McColl, saviour of the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, is a man with a mission. For Mr McColl, buying Ferguson...

    19. March 3, 2015

      Rolls-Royce chief’s pay halved after profit warnings

      John Rishton has gone from the highest-paid chief executive in recent Rolls-Royce history to the lowest after a disastrous...

    20. March 2, 2015

      Free Lunch: Is rebalancing working?

      Makers on the march In the UK, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about the need to "rebalance" the economy away from the...

    21. March 2, 2015

      UK manufacturing shows signs of rebound

      Activity at Britain’s manufacturers has begun to bounce back from a weak patch in the autumn, reflecting rising output and...

    22. March 2, 2015

      UK export orders to Europe picking up, say manufacturers

      British manufacturers are starting to see the first signs of a pickup in European export orders, raising hopes that a...

    23. March 1, 2015

      Monday interview: Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO

      Andy Palmer was never going to be the chief executive of Nissan in Japan. He once sat in the court of Carlos Ghosn, the...

    24. March 1, 2015

      Aston Martin set for shake-up and targets new buyers

      Aston Martin is to unveil its biggest shake-up in a generation as it seeks to boost the appeal of its sports cars beyond...

    25. March 1, 2015

      UK drug manufacture drops by a quarter

      The coalition’s ambitions to promote the UK’s £60bn pharmaceutical sector as a high-growth industry have suffered a blow...

    26. March 1, 2015

      UK’s ‘march of the makers’ gathers pace

      On one side of Jaguar Land Rover’s 300-acre plant in Halewood, a giant mechanical press crashes down on to a sheet of steel,...

    27. February 27, 2015

      Brompton looks to F1 in pursuit of electric folding bicycle

      Brompton Bicycle is hoping to broaden the appeal of cycling by developing an electric version of its folding bike — aimed at...

    28. February 25, 2015

      Weir under pressure from low oil price

      Keith Cochrane knows tough times lie ahead. This was brought home on Wednesday after the chief executive of Weir Group...

    29. February 23, 2015

      Ales and craft beers spur brewing boom

      Brewing is booming in the UK, spurred by growing sales of craft beer and ales, with applications to start breweries tripling...

    30. February 19, 2015

      Rally in export orders boosts UK industry

      Manufacturers’ order books have swelled to a six-month high in a further sign the sector is making up some of the ground it...

    31. February 19, 2015

      Many businesses have fears over devolution, says CBI

      Businesses around the UK fear the charge towards regional devolution will damage growth and undermine the internal market,...

    32. February 16, 2015

      Birmingham aims to reload historic gun quarter

      Birmingham targets gun revival A great great nephew of one of Birmingham’s Victorian gunmakers is attempting to revive the...

    33. February 15, 2015

      UK company plans to boldly go and make machines in space

      British companies are attempting to boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before by enabling huge pieces of hardware for...

    34. February 12, 2015

      Burnley gains traction after loss of tyremaker

      The roof is going back on the former Michelin plant in Burnley 13 years after the town’s biggest employer shut down. The...

    35. February 10, 2015

      UK manufacturing growth still muted with tie to domestic spending

      Growth in UK manufacturing remains muted, emphasising the extent to which the economic recovery continues to be dependent on...

    36. February 9, 2015

      Rail manufacturers enjoy good times after slew of large orders

      Big projects led by a new train line for London are providing the UK’s rail manufacturing industry with its best outlook for...

    37. February 5, 2015

      Ball in talks with Rexam over £4.29bn bid

      Ball Corporation of the US is in talks to buy Rexam, the UK-based drinks can manufacturer, in a £4.29bn deal that would...

    38. February 2, 2015

      Oil price drop lifts UK manufacturing hopes

      The slump in oil prices is starting to show on UK businesses, as a survey showed manufacturers’ purchasing costs falling at...

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