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  • 22nd June 2021

    Manufacturing reaction to UK-Australia deal

    The UK’s first major Free Trade Agreement negotiated from scratch since EU Exit is expected to provide new opportunities in food and drink, machinery and car manufacturing.
  • 21st June 2021

    Net zero to be mandatory for government contracts

    New procurement measures will require firms to have credible carbon reduction plans before they can bid for major government contracts, in a significant move expected to ripple through supply chains.
  • 14th June 2021

    Manufacturers face ‘millennial’ snub

    Manufacturers are the least likely of any major sector to have a millennial director and also have ground to make up on female and BAME representation, leaving them behind in the race for talent.
  • 10th June 2021

    Firms looking beyond EU for new opportunities

    With a sizeable minority of exporters expecting a decline in EU trade over the next year, many companies are looking beyond the bloc for new growth, with North America top of the list.
  • 7th June 2021

    Record growth for manufacturing but fears over inflation

    UK manufacturing grew at an unprecedented rate in May as pent-up demand was released, so much so that supply chains are struggling to keep up - causing record inflation on material prices.
  • 4th June 2021

    1,800 North West workers to be upskilled in digitalisation

    SME manufacturers being supported by the Made Smarter technology adoption programme are upskilling their employees en masse to meet the demands of the latest digital technologies.
  • 26th May 2021

    Export ‘how to’ guide launched for manufacturers

    A practical step-by-step guide developed by Make UK and HSBC aims to ‘demystify’ the rules and jargon around exporting to help SMEs who may be nervous about entering overseas markets.
  • 24th May 2021

    Half of SME manufacturers expect full recovery within 3 months

    Research shows that 48% of small manufacturers expect to return to, or exceed, their pre-COVID-19 position within the next quarter, although some expect a permanent change to working practices.
  • 19th May 2021

    Robotics showcase to be streamed online

    A three-day online event from 25-27 May will give manufacturers the chance to understand the latest in industrial robotics and how new innovations can benefit their business.
  • 17th May 2021

    Queen’s Speech sets out plans for SME-friendly procurement

    The 2021 Queen’s Speech set out government plans in several key areas, including an increased focus on innovation and new efforts to make public procurement more accessible to SMEs.

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