New series of ‘Protecting Welders’ roadshows in the UK
BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has announced details of its programme of free
morning seminars focusing on the prevention of occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector, especially
amongst those carrying out welding tasks.
Manufacturing business optimism improves at best pace since 2014
A survey of 300 manufacturing firms reported that business optimism improved significantly in the quarter to
January, at the fastest pace since April 2014. Meanwhile, export sentiment continued to fall, but was noticeably
less gloomy compared to last quarter.
MOD figures show regional expenditure up to £19.2b
Councils have been awarded over £500,000 for projects exploring the use of digital technology to improve local
Visit to oversee progress on Hinkley Point C
Ministers from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy visited Hinkley Point C at the end of
January to see progress at the new nuclear power station.
Hitachi Rail plan major investment in Newton Aycliffe factory
Hitachi Rail’s factory at Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, which opened in 2015, will this year complete one of the
UK’s largest train manufacturing orders of recent times – the £5.7bn, government-backed Inter City Express
House prices have trebled over the course of the last millennium
The price of a home in the UK has more than trebled since the turn of the century, new research has revealed.
Order books remained weak as decade closed
A survey of 289 manufacturers found that total order books remained weak, while export order books worsened
compared to November. Both total and export order books remain below their long-run averages.
Retail volumes stay flat in first month of the new decade
Retail sales volumes were flat for the third consecutive month in the year to January with no growth expected
next month. Sales were seen as poor for the time of year, but to a lesser degree than in December. They are
expected to remain below seasonal norms in the year to February.
‘Rolls-Royce develops world-first electrical technology
Over the last five years Rolls-Royce has been pioneering world-first technology that will contribute to the UK’s
next-generation Tempest programme.
Welcome increase for money spent on small businesses
An increase in the amount of money the government spends with small businesses has been welcomed by
politicians and business leaders.
Tata Steel heralds sustainability strategy for automotive sector
Tata Steel has outlined a future-facing strategy that will move the company into the next era for manufacturing in
the automotive industry.
Milton Keynes wins plaudits as best place for women to
Milton Keynes has been named as the place which is best for women to launch a new start-up, just ahead of
London in second place and Swansea in third.
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