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  • 14th January 2021

    Trade and investment top industry concerns for 2021

    Concerns over trade and the attractiveness of the UK for investment are key concerns for manufacturers in 2021 but many are confident about their prospects, according to a major survey.
  • 14th January 2021

    Manufacturers ‘more open to innovation’ due to COVID-19

    New research suggests that adapting to COVID-19 has encouraged UK manufacturers to accelerate their implementation of advanced technologies such as AI and the Internet of Things.
  • 14th January 2021

    Applications open for Hub’s third Made for Manufacturing programme

    Manufacturers in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from further support, following the return of a fully-funded programme to help businesses of all sizes increase productivity and get on the pa...
  • 12th January 2021

    New trade barriers service launched to help exporters

    The Department for International Trade has launched a new digital service to help businesses understand trade barriers in different countries and identify new opportunities overseas.
  • 11th January 2021

    EU Trade Deal: Updated guidance for manufacturers

    With the UK’s new trade agreement with the EU now in place, government agencies are busy updating regulatory guidance to help manufacturers understand their responsibilities. 
  • 8th January 2021

    Stockpiling reached near-record levels at the end of 2020

    Activity in the manufacturing sector reached a three-year high in December as customers rushed to beat the end of the EU Transition Period, causing supply chain disruption and longer lead times.
  • 22nd December 2020

    Manufacturers using match-making tool to buy British

    Manufacturers that normally source components from abroad are finding UK-based alternative suppliers through Reshoring UK, a new collaborative online marketplace.
  • 21st December 2020

    Only 31% of manufacturing staff happy with hygiene practices

    A survey about how COVID-19 has affected perceptions of cleanliness in UK workplaces has found that most factory staff think their hygiene practices are inadequate.
  • 18th December 2020

    Direct-to-consumer boom worth £23bn to manufacturers

    Research from Barclays shows that more than half of UK households have received products direct from manufacturers in 2020, a trend that is set to continue growing over the next two years.
  • 17th December 2020

    Manufacturing output down 12% in 2020

    UK manufacturing is forecast to see a 12% drop in output for 2020, with growth forecasts for 2021 also downgraded. But firms remain optimistic and are looking to overseas markets for growth.

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