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  1. August 29, 2014

    Wondrous yet puzzling: a 36-year journey through changing Britain

    In my end is my beginning. We could almost be in 1978 or 1979. Singer Kate Bush is triumphantly back on stage, a Scottish...

  2. August 28, 2014

    IMI’s new chief Mr fixit

    In common with many of his peers, Mark Selway, the new chief executive of Birmingham-based manufacturer IMI, enjoys fixing...

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  1. Investing in Britain

    Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
  2. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

    The winners of the awards provide ample evidence of UK businesses’ ability to innovate...
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  1. August 26, 2014

    Wage growth in manufacturing offers hope for UK economy

    Manufacturers are paying their workers more in a tentative sign that wage growth – a missing piece of the UK’s recovery – is...

  2. August 25, 2014

    Sight-saving mask manufacturer turns to UK catapult for backing

    A small company based in northeast England has developed a treatment that could prevent blindness that is linked to diabetes...

  3. August 25, 2014

    UK catapult centre works on vision of windowless aircraft

    Imagine being on a flight where, in place of windows, screens lining the cabin project images of the sky outside. New...

  4. August 24, 2014

    UK garment manufacturers face skills shortage

    Khadra Osmas is excited to be trained to do something she has always enjoyed: making clothes. “I love being on a sewing...

  5. August 24, 2014

    Made in Britain: Fashion retailers return to UK manufacturing

    Made in Britain label comes back into fashion At the Lee Ann Fashion Group’s plant in Leicester, a sheet of floral jacquard...

  6. 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...

  7. August 8, 2014

    UK trade deficit expands in June

    Britain’s economy is still failing to rebalance towards exports, according to official data, which show the trade deficit...

  8. August 6, 2014

    New data underline ‘lopsided’ UK recovery

    Weak industrial growth combined with soaring house prices have put another dent in the prospects for a balanced UK recovery,...

  9. August 4, 2014

    UK business confidence dips for first time in two years

    UK business confidence has dipped for the first time in two years, reinforcing expectations of a modest slowdown in economic...

  10. August 1, 2014

    Strong pound wipes more than £1bn off profits of big UK companies

    When the International Monetary Fund warned this week that the pound was overvalued, a chorus of agreement would have been...

  11. August 1, 2014

    UK manufacturing growth slows down

    Britain’s manufacturing growth spurt slowed in July but the sector still expanded at a healthy pace as the economy continued...

  12. July 30, 2014

    Shortage of engineers threaten UK growth, employers warn

    Six out of 10 engineering employers fear that a growing shortage of engineers will threaten their business in the UK,...

  13. July 24, 2014

    Car parts supplier Unipart Automotive goes into administration

    Embattled British car parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration just weeks after it scrambled to secure...

  14. July 24, 2014

    UK car production set to surpass 1.6m

    British car factories continued to ramp up production in the first half of the year as the country’s resurgent automotive...

  15. July 18, 2014

    Life after death for the traditional boozer

    No one has ever propped up the bar at the Paper Mill micropub in Sittingbourne, Kent – because it does not have one. Each of...

  16. July 18, 2014

    Rolls-Royces and rags mix on Phnom Penh’s streets

    The twin Rolls-Royces parked outside a Brazilian steakhouse in Phnom Penh this month caught the zeitgeist in a country where...

  17. July 14, 2014

    Manufacturers seek limit on backdated bills for holiday pay

    Manufacturers are urging the government to introduce emergency legislation to limit backdated bills for holiday pay that...

  18. July 8, 2014

    Unipart Automotive closes in on rescue deal

    Unipart Automotive is close to securing a rescue deal that will save the British car parts supplier from a bankruptcy that...

  19. July 8, 2014

    UK manufacturing data offer ‘dose of reality’

    UK manufacturing output dropped in May, ending a run of strong data and denting hopes of a smooth and balanced recovery. The...

  20. July 4, 2014

    ‘Motorsport Valley’ looks beyond automotive sectors

    Shortly before Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Silverstone staged a business conference with the unlikely theme of encouraging...

  21. July 4, 2014

    Non-stick chewing gum maker Revolymer appoints new chief

    Revolymer, the Wales-based maker of non-stick chewing gum, is appointing a new chief executive to lead its next phase of...

  22. July 4, 2014

    New car sales in UK rise to 9-year high

    New car sales in the UK continued to motor ahead in June, resulting in the best first-half figures since 2005 and offering...

  23. July 3, 2014

    UK company wins prize for helping to end airport liquids ban

    A small Oxfordshire-based company whose technology is helping to end the hand-baggage liquid ban at airports has won one of...

  24. 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...

  25. June 29, 2014

    UK in line for ‘robust growth’ in services exports

    Britain’s services exports will rise more swiftly than those of almost every other big economy over the next five years,...

  26. June 27, 2014

    Boost engineering skills and research, says report

    Britain’s successful carmaking and aerospace sectors will lose out to international rivals unless ministers tackle a...

  27. June 26, 2014

    Alcoa: name-changer

    Alcoa (“the Aluminum Company of America”) may want to consider a name change. After its $2.9bn deal for UK jet parts maker...

  28. June 24, 2014

    Nottingham drives revival in East Midlands economy

    In an art deco factory on the outskirts of Nottingham, old laboratories are being prepared for new tenants as the city seeks...

  29. June 22, 2014

    Vauxhall eyes first increase in output in Luton in a decade

    Vauxhall plans to increase production shifts at its Luton factory for the first time in a decade, as it eyes a larger slice...

  30. June 19, 2014

    Yorkshire pill producer wins reshoring contracts

    East Yorkshire-based Bee Health has won £15m of contracts to “reshore” work previously based in China, India and the US. The...

  31. June 19, 2014

    JLR to build new SUV model in Liverpool

    Jaguar Land Rover will hire 250 new workers at its Liverpool factory to build the British carmaker’s latest model, in...

  32. June 19, 2014

    Rolls-Royce to return gas turbine proceeds in £1bn share buyback

    Shares in Rolls-Royce jumped on Thursday after the UK engine maker reassured investors that it is planning no major...

  33. June 17, 2014

    Car manufacturing attracts £450m overseas investment

    The UK car industry’s travelling salesman has drummed up more than £450m worth of foreign investment over the past year, as...

  34. 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...

  35. June 13, 2014

    Airbus to stick with UK investment strategy

    Airbus is unlikely to change its investment strategy in the UK so long as the British government supports the aerospace...

  36. June 13, 2014

    Whisky galore in the Lake District

    Whisky making is flourishing in England and will receive a further boost next week with the arrival of stills for...

  37. June 11, 2014

    UK car exports double in past decade to £25bn

    British car exports have doubled in value during the past decade, as UK factories increased production and shifted to...

  38. June 10, 2014

    UK downturn is history, says think-tank

    Britain’s output has finally returned to pre-crisis levels, according to a respected think-tank which on Tuesday became the...

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