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  1. September 22, 2014

    British manufacturers call on politicians to commit to EU membership

    Britain’s industrial companies, fearful of the disruption that could be caused by a proposed referendum in 2017 on leaving...

  2. September 19, 2014

    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...

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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. September 18, 2014

    UK industry hit by fall in export orders

    Manufacturers’ export orders have deteriorated suddenly this month in a sign the UK is starting to feel the effects of the...

  2. September 9, 2014

    UK trade deficit widens again in July

    The UK’s trade deficit widened again in July, highlighting just how much the recovery remains reliant on strong domestic...

  3. 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...

  4. September 2, 2014

    Aston Martin appoints new chief executive in push to catch rivals

    Aston Martin has named senior Nissan manager Andy Palmer as its new chief executive following a near year-long search, as...

  5. September 1, 2014

    UK manufacturing activity hits 14-month low

    Falling manufacturing activity combined with rising levels of consumer credit have reawakened concerns about the balance of...

  6. 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...

  7. August 31, 2014

    Aerospace groups voice concerns over supply chain

    Some of Britain’s smaller aerospace companies have expressed concern that capacity issues in the supply chain could derail...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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,...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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