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Manufacturing output rises but employment levels fall
Mike Thornton

02 September 2020

August has seen UK manufacturing output expand at the fastest rate for over six years as companies and their clients restarted operations following coronavirus lockdowns. It is excellent to see these figures showing a bounce back for the manufacturing industry but this bounce back is as fragile as they come….

Untangling finance and innovation in manufacturing

06 August 2020

Given recent developments in the economy and Brexit, in this episode we welcome Tim Figures, Make UK’s Director of Technology, Sustainability and Innovation as well as Mike Thornton, RSM’s Head of Manufacturing to talk through some of the issues faced by manufacturing businesses in the current economic climate.

Encouraging signs of recovery for the manufacturing sector
Mike Thornton

06 July 2020

The June CIPS PMI returned to an above neutral measure in June at 50.1, showing some early signs of recovery as lockdown measures ease. Over the past few months many have been mitigating supply chain risks by sourcing new suppliers closer to home – will this trend continue?

Manufacturing CIPS PMI: Overseas travel corridors and reshoring earmarked as short-term opportunities to rebuild
Mike Thornton

01 July 2020

The latest monthly CIPS manufacturing PMI today reports an above neutral measure in June at 50.1. This marks a welcome return to positive sentiment. It also adds credence to short term opportunities to bolster and strengthen the prospects of the manufacturing sector, and those whose supply chains rely on it, according to leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.

What support is available to manufacturers during the coronavirus outbreak?
Mike Thornton

19 May 2020

RSM covers the support available for manufacturers during the coronavirus outbreak based on government updates.

The latest PMI figures show the damage to the manufacturing sector
Mike Thornton

02 April 2020

The past three weeks have brought unprecedented challenges to many of the countries manufacturers and this is reflected in the latest Purchasing Managers Index statistics.

Manufacturing growth - Gaining access to finance
Mike Thornton

21 January 2020

A large number of manufacturers don’t have the finance they need to invest. The practical recommendations in this report will help those businesses access the cash they need for investment and growth – paving the way for a more successful future.

Six tips for manufacturers expanding globally
Mike Thornton

Mike Thornton, head of manufacturing at RSM, gives his top 6 recommendations for manufacturers that are considering expansion into new international markets.

UK manufacturing downturn hits seven year low
Mike Thornton

02 September 2019

Mike Thornton, head of manufacturing at RSM, comments on the latest results from the Markit/CIPS PMI manufacturing survey.

New funding available for industrial digital technologies
Mike Thornton

12 August 2019

To support the wave of digital change in the manufacturing sector, the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has announced funding of up to £30m in projects that focus on the use of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing.

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