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PMI survey points to supply chains diverting away from UK manufacturers
Mike Thornton

03 June 2019

Mike Thornton, RSM head of manufacturing, comments on today's UK PMI manufacturing survey released by IHS Markit/CIPS.

Make it in manufacturing - securing your workforce

20 May 2019

An ageing workforce and a skills shortage are longstanding issues within the manufacturing sector but how can manufacturers combat these challenges and secure their workforces for the future?

Securing new skills
Mike Thornton

20 May 2019

Recent data suggests that the national average percentage of vacancies that are caused by skills shortages is 23 per cent but in manufacturing, this figure is around 35 per cent. With potential workers increasingly influenced by more than just salary, it is important that manufacturers find ways to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Tackling an ageing workforce
Mike Thornton

20 May 2019

The average age of manufacturing staff has climbed beyond that of the finance, retail, hospitality and construction sectors. So what can manufacturers do to ensure they retain their existing talent whilst also encouraging knowledge and skills sharing with the next generation?

Could manufacturing slowdown signal strategic destocking?
Mike Thornton

07 May 2019

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

Keep calm and carry on making despite Brexit pessimism

12 March 2019

Unsurprisingly, Brexit sentiment from UK manufacturers has dropped to its lowest level in 18 months. The paralysis of uncertainty; the lack of time to secure a deal; and the possibility of a cliff-edge no-deal result has seen optimism slip significantly.

Manufacturers stockpiling in earnest ahead of Brexit, new PMI survey shows
Mike Thornton

01 March 2019

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

Grasp manufacturing opportunities with the right technology
Mike Thornton

In a recent RSM study, we explored the key business challenges faced by manufacturers. The findings were clear in that many manufacturers have digital change high on the agenda, but often struggle to find practical ways to make it happen. How can Netsuite and RSM help?

Brexit decoy for Nissan’s U-turn
Alison Ashley

06 February 2019

The recent announcement from Nissan to build its X-Trail SUV in Japan rather than Sunderland is clearly a blow for the automotive manufacturing industry in the UK. In response, the Brexit rhetoric has been amplified, but the predominant drivers behind this decision are demand driven.

Manufacturing optimism remains despite slip in performance
Mike Thornton

01 February 2019

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

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