Jonny Williamson

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Innovate UK: funding the future

A critical component of the government’s Industrial Strategy over the next four years is an investment of £4.7bn in R&D. Responsibility for managing …

The Apprenticeship Levy: it can work for everyone

The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the …

HRH opens second EEF Technology Hub

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, met apprentices, employers and business leaders when she officially opened the new EEF Technology Hub in …

Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing on the mind

What do you think characterised 2016 in terms of UK industry’s adoption of additive manufacturing (AM)? I’ve been in the additive world for at least …

3D Printing

Servitization can create sustained business growth of 5-10%

With conversations having matured from merely what is servitization, to how can I adopt the concept, The Manufacturer and Microsoft explore …

Top five manufacturing myths busted

A national understanding and appreciation of all things manufacturing will never happen while widely-held and wholly incorrect perceptions of what …

Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing: from barriers to enablers

Manufacturers say they want to use the technologies of Industry 4.0 (4IR) to improve their businesses. But the barriers to investment seem to be high …

Manufacturing

An industrial IoT wake-up call

What are some of the key takeaways this IoT survey presents? Positively, more than half of companies polled (56%) are involved in an Internet of …

Manufacturing

Who are your UK manufacturing heroes?

The Manufacturer has started its annual search for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK manufacturing today.<p>The Manufacturer is once …

The future of steel in Britain

It’s a core industry, invented in the UK, but the story is one of decline and contraction. As the government starts talking industrial strategy and …

The Manufacturer: best blogs of 2016

[In no particular order] Big data analytics is transforming manufacturing In a TM exclusive, The Alan Turing Institute and Warwick Analytics shared …

Alan Turing

GDP figures suggest Brexit boom, but makers aren’t marching yet

In the rush to get things out the door, you could be forgiven for missing the latest set of GDP data released last week. But if your order book looks …

Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 published

The below is an extract from the foreword to the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 by Nick Hussey, CEO of Hennik Research – publishers of The …

Brexit: a brand new beginning

Will we work together or against each other? Tom Blades argues that the UK and the EU must avoid tactical manoeuvring and instead map out their …

Great Britain

In conversation with Cobra Beer’s Lord Bilimoria

The Prime Minister had no choice but to take creator of the Cobra Beer brand, Karan Bilimoria with her to India on her first major overseas trade …

Manufacturing

Making UK manufacturing great again

Is the time right for a UK Manufacturing Day to help focus more attention on the skills gap? Absolutely, says Kronos UK’s Rob Hiron.<p>Industry 4.0 is …

Manufacturing

Manufacturing investment: uncertainty ahead

The EEF’s Investment Monitor 2016 presents a mixed view of future investment by manufacturers, as Nick Peters reports.<p>Like many sectors in the UK …

UK food and drink: eat, drink & be merry

Concerns are growing over recruitment and ingredient prices as food and drink companies begin to feel the reverberations of Brexit. Victoria …

Celebrating a century of Boeing

Congratulations on celebrating 100 years of Boeing. What has been the secret behind the company’s longevity? At Farnborough 2016, Boeing hosted a …

Hampshire

Rockwell Automation: upskilling for the future

When it comes to meeting the demands of today’s skillset, the figures for manufacturing make for sombre reading. According to Deloitte, of the 3.5 …

Manufacturing

Tempting manufacturers back to bank lending

The EU referendum has placed access to finance firmly back on the table. Terry Scuoler reflects on what would tempt manufacturers back to bank …

Manufacturing

Apprentices must be heard

Julia Chippendale says it is time for policymakers to listen to young people on the apprenticeships frontline.<p>It is now four years since the Industry …

Employment

A full-service future for UK manufacturing

Richard Hill looks at how innovative business models could boost business for UK manufacturers.<p>The era of pure-play manufacturing is fading, and the …

Warren East, Rolls-Royce: “Only the paranoid survive”

Before the referendum vote, Rolls-Royce plc Chief Executive Warren East was uncompromising on the dangers of voting Leave. In a wide-ranging …

Manufacturing

The global untapped opportunity for UK SMEs

Richard Hill explains how the success of UK SMEs depends on their response to overseas competition.<p>Analysis of our <i>Future Fit: the road ahead for UK</i> …

Manufacturing

A proactive response to an ageing workforce

Grant Jamieson is managing director of Winkworth Mixers and should be pretty pleased with the world he surveys. After all, he exports to most of it, …

Exports

Michelin man: from survival to excellence

In 2010, the Michelin Dundee car tyre plant was on its knees. It lived under the permanent threat of closure, the axe swinging ever closer as …

Cisco: the power of networks

Almost everyone who has worked in an office environment during the past 30 years will undoubtedly have interacted with Cisco, whether they realised …

Manufacturers’ Brexit manifesto

Terry Scuoler comments on the result of the EU referendum.<p>Britain has voted to leave the EU. It is not the decision that many businesses wanted and …

Great Britain