Manufacturing enjoying boom time centred in the Midlands

It seems that, despite what is sometimes inferred in the news, the Manufacturing industry is actually enjoying a period of growth. Research by the London Stock Exchange Group has found that one in six manufacturers has re-shored activities to the…

Lack of technical skills holding back West Midlands economy says thinktank

A ‘debilitating’ lack of technical skills is holding back the West Midlands economy, a new report claims. It found manufacturers across the region struggling to fill 11,800 technical roles – nearly half of them in the Black Country. The research…

Automation linked to revenue growth of 15%+

Organisations which have introduced advanced automation into their workplace are seeing revenue growth, job creation and greater employee satisfaction, according to a new global survey. By 2018, almost half of companies (46) said they would need greater automation to handle…

West Midlands manufacturing sector among the UK’s top regional performers

West Midlands manufacturing businesses have enjoyed a sound financial performance over the past month, while the tourism sector continues to struggle, according to the latest sector tracking report from insolvency and restructuring body R3. The statistics, compiled using Bureau Van…

Businesses Urged to Complete Manufacturing Survey

Small to Medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) in the West Midlands are being urged to take part in the next National Manufacturing Barometer, in order to help shape future Government policy and highlight current trends and opportunities. The rallying call, made…

Hard Brexit wrong choice for UK manufacturing

The Manufacturer’s editorial director, Nick Peters speaks with Dr Steven Barr, managing director of Hennik Edge, about what impact a ‘hard brexit’ could have on the UK’s manufacturing sector. The EEF has told the government that UK manufacturing could not…

Brexit worry “overrated” says Brompton Bicycles CEO

Founder and CEO of Brompton Bicycles, Will Butler-Adams OBE, has criticised the country’s pervasive pessimism towards Brexit, describing concerns as being “overrated”. Butler-Adams made the comment during the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group’s Exporting after Brexit debate in the House of…

UK manufacturers enjoy post-Brexit surge in orders: survey

Britain’s factories are growing at their fastest pace in more than three years, helped by the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote and a recovery in core markets in Europe, a survey showed on Monday….

Covpress sale saves 740 jobs

Historic vehicle pressings maker Covpress has been rescued out of administration by Liberty House, saving 740 jobs in Coventry. The deal Liberty House subsidiary Liberty Industries Group was completed by administrators from Grant Thornton, who were called into Covpress in…

Steel group charts growth after £23m funding deal

A STEEL processing business with major operations in the West Midlands is set for continued growth following a £23m refinancing deal.Acenta Steel is the UK’s leading processor and distributor of hot rolled and bright engineering steel bars. It products are…