Investing in the UK’s injection moulding sector

The UK plastics industry plays an important role in the country’s economic engine, generating over Ј25 billion annually and employing approximately 155,000 people. In this article, Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics, the international distribution partner of Shibaura Machine and the UK and Ireland distributor of its injection mould machines, explores the changing landscape of … Continued

Six consecutive months of growth for UK car production

  UK car production rose again in February, up 14.6% to 79,907 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It was the sixth consecutive month of growth and best February performance since 2021,1 with nearly all volume manufacturers posting uplifts, driven by output for the domestic … Continued

What will the proposed fit note reforms mean for employers?

Last November, the government announced it will take steps to reform the fit note process to support more people to resume work after a period of illness. It will do this through trials in some integrated care systems (ICS) in England to increase access to health and employment support, referrals for those who have received a … Continued

Sunak Cuts Red Tape to Support Construction Skills Gap

FOLLOWING the announcement that the Prime Minister has pledged £60m of funding for next year to boost apprenticeships, Lee Parkinson, chief executive at Efficiency North, the holding group for flexi-job apprenticeship service EN:Able Futures, shares his thoughts on what this means for the construction sector. Lee said: “We welcome the announcement that apprenticeships are getting not only the … Continued

McLaren Construction has been awarded a £41m contract for an industrial park in Essex.

McLaren Construction will build Centurion Park, an 11-unit industrial and logistics scheme in Colchester, for new client Tungsten Properties. Centurion Park has been designed for light industrial (B1C), general industrial (B2) and storage & distribution (B8) uses. It will provide 11 industrial and distribution units across 10 buildings with total floor space of 357,500 sqft. … Continued

We need to attract women early and upskill throughout their careers

In all walks of life, a truly inclusive and diverse environment can see immeasurable benefits, such as new perspectives and skillsets. Historically, the construction industry’s workforce has been dominated by men. However, a noticeable shift is occurring in the UK construction industry as a record proportion of women are seeing career opportunities in our field. Office … Continued

Why can it be so hard to find work when you’re over 50?

Finding a job in a tight labour market can be challenging at the best of times, but for the over 50s who are often sandwiched between caring responsibilities for elderly parents and grandchildren, it can prove even harder. The latest ONS data reveals there is a record number of those over 50’s who are doing … Continued

More unemployed in their 20s due to sickness than those in their 40s

A recent report from the Resolution Foundation has revealed a significant shift in the age demographic of individuals not working due to ill health. Contrary to historical trends, the study indicates that people in their early 20s are now more likely to be unemployed due to health issues compared to their counterparts in their early … Continued

With a week to go until the Chancellor presents his Spring Budget, industry is calling for the Government to use this opportunity to get the economy on a path to sustainable growth

Production Engineering Solutions reported on Monday, that although output volumes fell in the three months to February, manufacturers expect marginal increases in the next quarter. This was taken from the CBI’s latest Industrial Report 2024, which is the only UK manufacturing business survey with a supplementary for Small and medium-sized enterprises. The survey was based … Continued