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  • 29th May 2020

    Local manufacturing leaders give their COVID-19 recovery tips

    A selection of Greater Manchester manufacturers gave their advice on how to resume production safely as part of a GC Business Growth Hub webinar on business recovery in May.
  • 26th May 2020

    Growing number of manufacturers expect longer road to recovery

    The number of manufacturers believing it will take more than a year for them to return to normal trading doubled in less than two weeks during May, according to research by Make UK.
  • 14th May 2020

    Government publishes new guidance for factories

    The government has published new guidance specifically designed to help factories, plants and warehouses operate as safely as possible to protect against COVID-19.
  • 13th May 2020

    Surveys highlight manufacturer concerns

    Nearly 9 in 10 manufacturers are still operating in some form through the pandemic, but a similar number predict a ‘drastic’ decline in production over the coming months, according to new polls.
  • 11th May 2020

    Index confirms expected drop in UK manufacturing

    April’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for UK manufacturing shows the sector has contracted at the fastest rate in 28 years, but overall positivity about the future remains.
  • 6th May 2020

    Coronavirus will ‘push accelerator pedal’ on Industry 4.0

    The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking the digital transformation of industry, according to an Industry 4.0 expert at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • 4th May 2020

    Global manufacturing to recover by early 2021

    New research predicts that the hardest-hit manufacturing sectors will also be the first to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and supply chain resilience will hold the key.
  • 1st May 2020

    15 North West manufacturers win Queen’s Awards

    Regional winners of the 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise include some of GC Business Growth Hub’s biggest manufacturing success stories, from plastic packaging to long-life doughnuts.
  • 29th April 2020

    Data and analytics are ‘vital first step’ for digitalisation

    Nearly three in four SME manufacturers being supported by the Made Smarter initiative are putting data collection and analysis at the heart of their productivity and growth plans.
  • 23rd April 2020

    How different countries are supporting manufacturers

    The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has created a snapshot view of how major manufacturing nations have each responded to the Coronavirus crisis.

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