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

public services.


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

Programme (IEP).

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
launch start-up

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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