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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.

UK manufacturing downturn stalls at 76-month low
Mike Thornton

01 August 2019

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

UK manufacturing downturn mirrors other developed economies
Mike Thornton

01 July 2019

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

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