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  • Simon Pollard's Avatar
    Today, 06:19 AM
    Hi, I'm currently looking at our offering to the workforce (hourly paid, factory operatives), I think we have a reasonable package and pay well, however I'm interested to know what other manufacturers in both ours and different sectors offer by way of benefits and standard T&C's, Also do you operate any special shift patterns or have found one shift pattern to offer an advantage over others? If possible can anybody send me anonymised benefit packages, T&C's, shift patterns etc. it would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance, Simon.
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  • Simon Pollard's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 AM
    Hi Erin, I'm looking for similar information myself, as I would like to benchmark what we currently do with other manufacturers. Have you had or do you have any information so far? Thanks, Simon.
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 AM
    The Government and Innovate UK have announced a future round of the Smart grant programme and Innovation Loans that will allow the UK’s most innovative businesses access a share of £125 million to help them turn their most innovative ideas into world-beating products and services. Large and small businesses can take advantage of £100 million available from the Smart grant programme that helps take innovative ideas in any field from the concept stage to full commercialisation. Read more here: Government announce innovation cash injection
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    Hi @Kimmy Forshaw What an amazing story! It's fantastic to see what great ideas can achieve - especially in the next phase of human history as NASA looks to sustain human life on a potential return to the moon and great to see Protolabs playing their part in supporting innovative ventures like FarmBot. Congratulations to all involved and thank you for sharing with the community. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    It’s amazing where a great idea can take you. And with the support of our Cool Idea Award, the sky’s not even the limit. FarmBot is a past winner of our manufacturing grant for ‘cool ideas’. It’s a precision agriculture CNC farming machine that aims to help everyone grow their own food, anywhere. And thanks to the work we did and the subsequent publicity, FarmBot has caught the attention of NASA. Pretty cool, right? Exactly 50 years ago this month, all eyes were set on the moon as Neil Armstrong took that momentous small step. But these days humans dream of walking and even living on...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-07-2019, 09:33 AM
    The progress of the UK automotive sector in sustainable development has been revealed with new data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 20th annual Sustainability Report reveals environmental, economic, and social gains achieved by the sector over the past two decades, highlighting the substantial improvements in areas such as energy and water use, waste to landfill and CO2 emissions. Over the past 20 years, automotive manufacturing has grown to become one of the UK’s most important economic assets, turning over £82 billion in 2018 – an uplift of 70%...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-07-2019, 09:32 AM
    Lotus has unveiled the world’s first fully-electric British hypercar, the all-new ‘Evija’. With unparalleled performance and a target power output of 2,000 PS, the firm says it sets new standards in terms of advanced EV engineering and the most powerful series production road car ever built. Read more here: The new Lotus Evija
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-07-2019, 09:31 AM
    Clayton Glass has announced plans for a factory expansion, with the firm saying the growth will make it likely to become the largest glass factory anywhere in the UK. A lease renewal that was due on an adjacent section of the same building means the firm has an additional 40,000 square feet of space that has become available, meaning the Clayton can immediately consolidate the company’s plan to install an all-new and third fully automated Bystronic IGU line. Read more here: Clayton Glass to expand factory
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    17-07-2019, 08:09 AM
    Hi Rowan Crozier Many thanks for sharing with the community - it looks like this has made a real RoI for the company. Great to see this type of innovation making positive changes for manufacturers in the UK. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Rowan Crozier's Avatar
    16-07-2019, 02:45 PM
    Investment in a new high-speed press is set to help a Birmingham metal stamping specialist capitalise on 20% growth over the last twelve months. Brandauer, which recently secured a Queen’s Award for International Trade, has spent £600,000 on a Yamada Dobby NXT 80XL as part of a three-year plan to boost its capacity and provide additional production flexibility. The state-of-the-art technology gives it patented repeatability on quality and a 100% reduction in press setting time that frees up manufacturing space to take on new contract wins in the plumbing sector, automotive motor...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    16-07-2019, 05:48 AM
    Family-run manufacturer of textile materials, Texfelt has invested £9million in a new 60,000sq. ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bradford, which has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. To future-proof its operation and enable the production of Springbond, a new eco-engineered carpet underlay made from upcycled plastic bottles, the investment has so far safeguarded and created 13 jobs in the area. Read more here: Texfelt invests £9m at new factory
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    16-07-2019, 05:47 AM
    Flexiform Business Furniture has announced a multi-million-pound investment at its manufacturing facility in Bradford. Flexiform has grown significantly over recent years and now employs 160 people generating a turnover of £29million. Its core business is manufacturing office furniture for government organisations, major Blue-Chip companies, the education sector and private businesses. Its customers include: Fox Media, Greggs, Marks & Spencer, Admiral Insurance, Leeds City Council and HMRC. Read more here: Flexiform makes £3m investment
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    16-07-2019, 05:45 AM
    Stroud Metal Company and Stroud Plastics have announced that after years of planning and some 43 weeks of construction since first breaking ground, their a brand new purpose-built combined factory has been completed. The relocation process is now well underway with the first batch of 20 presses and their ancillary equipment already transferred into the new facility. Read more here: Stroud Metal opens new factory
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    15-07-2019, 10:47 AM
    Hi Erin Goodey Thank you for posting your question. I am sure other Community members will be able to offer you their advice. Jane High & Beverley Abdulla may have something to contribute. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Erin Goodey's Avatar
    15-07-2019, 10:43 AM
    What sorts of benefits does your Company offer? I've read through the various posts on the forum regarding this topic, but was wondering if anyone does more than the standard (or statutory things such as pension & 5.6 weeks holidays). How did you determine what benefits you would offer? How often do you review your benefits package? Do you have different benefits for different employees? What is your 'best' benefit? In my previous Company, we had everything from birthday day off to 'pawternity leave,' so trying to get a bit of a benchmark of what's on offer elsewhere so I can...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    14-07-2019, 07:52 AM
    Every Friday, we round up our top 5 most popular reads from the week, along with sharing some of our favourite finds from around the web. This week’s roundup sees the all-new MINI Electric unveiled at its Oxford plant, Princes completes phase one of its huge £80m Long Sutton investment, plus, the Sony Walkman turns 40 – here’s how listening to music has changed over the years… Read more here: The #UKmfg Friday Roundup 12th July
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-07-2019, 07:27 AM
    So if you remember those Cadbury adverts from the 80s or 90s you would have got the glass and a half full reference in the title but even if the famous chocolate maker no longer provides that amount of milk in its current processes this is still something to get excited about. Last weekend in Australia, Cadbury's chocolate launched their first ever 3D printer in Melbourne. What's the best 3D printer you've heard about so far? Make sure to share your thoughts with the Community. ...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:53 AM
    Hyperdrive Innovation, designer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology, has offically opened its battery manufacturing facility called HYVE. The new site becomes the UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility, outside major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Sunderland-based Hyperdrive – which makes battery packs for electric vehicles and energy storage systems – has invested £7m into its manufacturing capabilities since moving to the site in 2014. Read more here: Hyperdrive opens new manufacturing facility
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:52 AM
    Tulip Ltd is investing £10m in its Redruth site in Cornwall to improve capability and capacity in its aim to create the UK’s leading bacon manufacturing centre of excellence. The investment includes new high-speed slicing lines and new equipment and processes to reduce packaging costs and improve overall efficiency. On top of these upgrades, Redruth is also implementing additional skills training and bolstering its innovation capacity to drive NPD & ensure it will lead in meeting evolving consumer demands. Read more here: Tulip to invest £10m at Redruth
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:50 AM
    Leading sweets manufacturer, HARIBO, has announced plans to increase production, creating more than 50 new jobs at its Castleford facility in West Yorkshire. The announcement follows export success and a new agreement to fulfil demand for HARIBO products across the USA. Read more here: HARIBO to increase capacity and create new jobs
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:49 AM
    Fresh statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that despite the global economy slowing down, UK exports are growing. In the 12 months to May 2019, UK exports were worth a record £647.1 billion, as businesses up and down the country continue to tap into the demand for British products and services right across the world. The UK has now experienced 38 consecutive months of export growth on an annual rolling basis. Read more here: UK export growth
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 08:28 AM
    Hi Luke Parker Thank you for sharing. It sounds like Martin's advice had a real impact. Great idea to delegate responsibilities usually reserved at a senior level to others as this will help them progress in their careers and in the end they will value that opportunity. They will also become an extremely valuable asset to your business. I hope your event went well yesterday? Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Stephen Tulip's Avatar
    11-07-2019, 03:11 PM
    Hello Doss and welcome to the Community. I hope you find this network useful.
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  • Murugadoss Panneerselvam's Avatar
    11-07-2019, 03:07 PM
    ​Hello All, My name is Doss (for short). I am very pleased to join the Make UK community :). I am a Senior Consultant working in a business called Bourton Group LLP, an operational management consultancy that helps clients transform and improve their ways of working for over a period of 50 years. As experts in business transformation and change management, we engage leaders and teams and drive measurable and sustainable improvement in business processes and people performance. I am Mechanical Engineer by background with a blend of strategic and hands-on experience specialising in...
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  • Stephen Tulip's Avatar
    11-07-2019, 01:03 PM
    Thanks for posting Robyn, sounds like a fantastic event!
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  • Robyn Brown's Avatar
    11-07-2019, 09:31 AM
    Venturefest North West is the region’s biggest annual innovation expo and conference, bringing together start-ups, growing businesses, investors and innovation specialists under one roof. It’s where connections are made, growth opportunities born, new ideas inspired, and the most exciting business innovations showcased. We’re expecting a record 1,200+ delegates to Manchester Central on 20 November 2019 for an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities. This year, Made Smarter are sponsoring the Manufacturing Village - which will...
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  • Stephen Tulip's Avatar
    10-07-2019, 02:52 PM
    Thanks for posting Jade. It sounds like an interesting event. Emerging technology is a fascinating subject that goes far beyond just big data and AI.
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  • Jade Blackburn's Avatar
    10-07-2019, 02:05 PM
    On 22 October 17:30 - 19:30, NPL are holding their next Manufacturer Measurement Network event, "Emerging Technologies" in Huddersfield. We want to know which topics within 'Emerging Technologies' are most interesting to our audience - if you have an interest in a particular area and would like to hear about it, please fill in our online form & we will aim to cover the most popular topics: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L9DD2RC. The pace of technological development leading to the emergence of new technologies is rapid and it is easy to miss ideas that could be useful to early...
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  • Luke Parker's Avatar
    10-07-2019, 01:21 PM
    I have had engaged with two action coaches in the past, and it has worked from time to time. I believe the best value I have had is from fellow peers who are running businesses and running them successfully but make time to spare you a short amount of time for advice / mentoring. One such person clearly comes to mind, Martin Horsman who at the time was MD at ESG Rail (now DB ESG). Martin gave me advice regarding building a developing a highly motivated and trained team when you have limited resources. Looking for activities that could be taken from high paid roles and delegated to others....
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    10-07-2019, 08:29 AM
    Hi Luke Parker I agree communities have different purpose and specialism. It is really important to have clear objectives and an understanding of how & why you interact on each. Many thanks for sharing the example that highlighted your tips. Jim.
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