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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.

RSM appoints new managing partner in Leeds
Mike Thornton

03 February 2021

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Mike Thornton as its new office managing partner in its Leeds office.

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 workforce issues

06 August 2020

In this episode, we discuss real life workforce scenarios to deliver practical advice on how to manage workforce needs for now and in the future.

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