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  1. April 14, 2014

    SSI keeps faith in Redcar blast furnace yet to make a profit

    Few industrial rebirths have been more fervently welcomed by their surrounding community than that of Teesside’s iron and...

  2. April 8, 2014

    UK recovery broad-based and strengthening, says think-tank

    The UK recovery is broad-based and strengthening, according to a leading economic think-tank. The National Institute of...

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  1. April 8, 2014

    Businesses more optimistic about economic recovery

    Britain’s businesses are upbeat about the economic recovery, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce....

  2. 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...

  3. April 1, 2014

    Growth in UK manufacturing activity slows

    Activity in the UK manufacturing sector increased for the 12th consecutive month in March, but the pace slowed notably. The...

  4. March 28, 2014

    George Osborne announces plans to boost lending to small business

    George Osborne announced plans on Friday to help small businesses that have been rejected for a loan by making it easier for...

  5. March 27, 2014

    UK video games industry wins battle for tax breaks

    The UK video games industry has won its seven-year battle to secure tax breaks for the production of games that are...

  6. 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,...

  7. March 25, 2014

    Help me put 3D printers in UK schools

    If I had my life again I know what I would do: I’d be an inventor. I can think of nothing more creatively and intellectually...

  8. March 25, 2014

    Honda cuts jobs at Swindon plant

    Falling demand in continental Europe has prompted Japanese automaker Honda to cut production at its Swindon plant by three...

  9. March 21, 2014

    Technology enables wave of British kitchen table start-ups

    The UK is transforming from a nation of shopkeepers into a country full of kitchen table entrepreneurs. Research by the...

  10. March 21, 2014

    Manufacturers trade on British heritage

    “Made in Britain”: three words that in recent decades were once muttered only ironically are shouted with pride by small...

  11. March 20, 2014

    South Korean sales buoy Portmeirion profits

    Ceramics and tableware manufacturer Portmeirion increased pre-tax profits by 6.3 per cent to a record £7m last year, helped...

  12. March 20, 2014

    CBI survey shows strong domestic demand lifts UK industry

    Activity in the UK manufacturing sector increased in March, driven largely by domestic demand, not exports. Thursday’s CBI...

  13. March 20, 2014

    Hitachi to make UK its global rail HQ

    Hitachi is to make London the headquarters of its global rail business, underlining its aim to expand in the UK and to make...

  14. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Bentley to export engines as Osborne hails ‘makers’

    Bentley will begin exporting engines from the UK for the first time in its history, the car company said on Wednesday, in a...

  15. 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...

  16. March 18, 2014

    Dunlop plant closure announcement branded cynical

    Dunlop will end 125 years of tyre making in the UK as the company closes its Birmingham factory, amid claims that it...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. March 13, 2014

    The unbalanced budget – winners and losers since 2013

    The March 19 Budget will be delivered against a background of broad economic positivity, but that tone may not sit well with...

  20. March 13, 2014

    Polypipe dreams of stock market valuation in excess of £400m

    A British maker of piping and plumbing supplies has become the latest UK company – but only the second manufacturer – to...

  21. March 13, 2014

    Technology research centres face entrepreneurial scrutiny

    The business secretary has asked a serial entrepreneur to examine government-backed technology centres that were launched in...

  22. 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...

  23. March 12, 2014

    Aerospace and automotive are UK manufacturing’s star performers

    Britain’s manufacturers are using cutting-edge technology and gadgets to improve products and processes as the sector...

  24. March 12, 2014

    Osborne ‘fights hard’ to keep science jobs after AstraZeneca deal

    George Osborne said he was “fighting hard” to keep science jobs in the northwest, after AstraZeneca struck a deal to sell...

  25. 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,...

  26. March 9, 2014

    Old vinyl factory in west London gets back in the groove

    A derelict complex of buildings in west London where the records of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were pressed...

  27. March 7, 2014

    Aga profits fall but sales heat up revenue

    Aga Rangemaster has posted a £700,000 profit for 2013, 47 per cent lower than the previous year, due to pension costs and...

  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

    Rolls-Royce faces India probe threat

    Rolls-Royce, the UK engine maker, faces the threat of a new corruption investigation and a freeze on India contracts after...

  30. March 3, 2014

    UK manufacturing activity increases for 11th month in a row

    Hopes of a rebound in UK manufacturing have been boosted by a run of positive survey data but flat bank lending, high energy...

  31. March 3, 2014

    LDC doubles investment in UK manufacturing sector

    One of the leading private equity backers of UK engineering companies is to double its investment in the sector, in a sign...

  32. March 3, 2014

    Bank of England says mortgage approvals at highest in 6 years

    Mortgage approvals in January rose to the highest level in six years, but lending to businesses remained subdued, according...

  33. 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...

  34. February 25, 2014

    Small businesses raise hopes of investment upturn

    Almost nine out of 10 small and medium-sized manufacturers plan to invest in capital equipment in the coming year, raising...

  35. 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,...

  36. February 21, 2014

    Fabricator warns lack of North Sea projects will cause job losses

    The UK’s fabrication sector is heading towards a “black hole”, with a lack of North Sea oil and gas projects raising the...

  37. February 20, 2014

    British car production poised to accelerate

    Car production from British factories was flat in January as large manufacturers prepared for scheduled output increases...

  38. February 19, 2014

    High energy costs hit UK steelmaker Celsa

    Luís Sanz, general manager of Celsa Manufacturing, one of the UK’s three biggest steelmakers, is the proud owner of one of...

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