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Despite uncertainty, manufacturers need to invest in the future now
Mike Thornton

01 March 2021


After hitting a three-month low at the start of the year, the latest CIPS Manufacturing PMI signals slight improvement for manufacturers moving to 55.1 from 54.1.

Using apprenticeships to maximise manufacturing industry talent
Mike Thornton

10 February 2021

With ongoing skills shortages, the current uncertainty of labour markets and an ageing workforce, manufacturers must get the most out of apprenticeships. We can help.

Manufacturing takes a Brexit dip
Mike Thornton

After a strong come back in the second half of last year following the unprecedented shock of the Covid-19 pandemic, manufacturers are now feeling the impact of Brexit and Lockdown 3.0.

Encouraging signs for the manufacturing sector with latest PMI - but urgent action on Brexit is needed
Mike Thornton

01 December 2020

Mike Thornton, head of manufacturing, RSM said: ‘There are more encouraging signs from the CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI for November with another significant jump to 55.6 from 53.7 in October. The tally of continuous expansion now stretches to six straight months.

Encouraging signs for the manufacturing sector but urgent action on Brexit is needed
Mike Thornton

01 December 2020


There are more encouraging signs from the CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI for November with another significant jump to 55.6 from 53.7 in October. The tally of continuous expansion now stretches to 6 straight months.

Reviving and rebalancing regional economies through manufacturing
Mike Thornton

23 November 2020

RSM and Make UK report states regional devolution is critical to refocus priorities towards local infrastructure projects and rebalance the UK. Find out how regional economies can be rebalanced through the manufacturing sector and download the full report.

Manufacturing PMI for October shows expansion for fifth consecutive month.
Mike Thornton

03 November 2020

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI ended at 53.7 in October 2020, from a preliminary estimate of 53.3 and compared to September's final reading of 54.1.

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?

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