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Growing Places Funding

Growing Places Funding

The Growing Places Fund is currently allocated to give £11.3m of investment in the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire area. More

25/03/15 12:17 | 49 reads | Business Support

JCB secures £5m order from plant hire firm

JCB secures £5m order from plant hire firm

Staffordshire excavator manufacturer JCB has secured a £5m deal for more than 100 of its JCB Loadall telescopic handlers. More

24/03/15 09:17 | 86 reads | News

Positive Budget Reaction from West Midlands Business Community

Positive Budget Reaction from West Midlands Business Community

Businesses, local authorities and industry powerhouses from across the West Midlands have reacted positively to yesterday's Budget announcement, in which hundreds of millions of pounds was committed to automotive and energy research in the region. More

19/03/15 09:08 | 76 reads | Opinion

West Midlands businesses leading on job creation

West Midlands businesses leading on job creation

A new survey from Barclays has revealed that West Midlands firms are leading the way in job creation terms with 70% intending to hire more staff this year More

18/03/15 09:03 | 71 reads | News

SME manufacturers offered help to break into aerospace supply chain

SME manufacturers offered help to break into aerospace supply chain

Manufacturers looking to diversify into the aerospace sector are being offered help to get their business on a sound financial footing. More

17/03/15 12:30 | 67 reads | News

Exports from the region reach a record high

Exports from the region reach a record high

Government figures have revealed that exports from West Midlands firms reached a record high of £7.6bn during the final quarter of 2014, up by nearly £100m on the same quarter last year. More

06/03/15 10:31 | 122 reads | News

UK car market experiences longest ever period of growth

UK car market experiences longest ever period of growth

Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the UK new car market has grown for a 36th consecutive month – a record growth period. In February, traditionally one of the quietest months of the year ahead of a number plate change in March, the market grew 12.0% year-on-year with 76,958 new cars registered, achieving a year-to-date rise of 8.3%. Fleet buyers drove this increase with registrations up 19.9% in February, while the private market saw an increase of 3.4%. More

06/03/15 10:26 | 130 reads | News

West Midlands manufacturers enjoy healthy start to 2015

West Midlands manufacturers enjoy healthy start to 2015

Manufacturers in the West Midlands have seen an upbeat start to 2015, with output, orders and employment all positive. More

02/03/15 09:14 | 110 reads | News

£150K Support for West Midlands Games Industry

£150K Support for West Midlands Games Industry

Creative England's GamesLab is making £150,000 available to up-and-coming businesses in the West Midlands' games industry. More

02/03/15 09:13 | 102 reads | News

£1m funding enables Goodfish to snap up firm

£1m funding enables Goodfish to snap up firm

Cannock toolmaking and injection moulding company Goodfish has acquired complementary business Powell & Harber after securing £1m in debt and equity investment from Finance Birmingham. More

27/02/15 09:21 | 97 reads | News

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Sales and investment on the rise as England’s SME manufacturers defy slowdownSales and investment on the rise as England’s SME manufacturers defy slowdown

Small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) in England are defying predictions of a slowdown in the sector by posting increases in current and predicted sales. 59% of respondents to the latest Manufacturing Barometer* have indicated that turnover increased in the previous six months (up 4% on the last report), with over two thirds (70%) expecting further increases over the next quarter. More

26/02/15 14:27 | 81 reads | Opinion

EEF outlines manufacturing priorities to next GovernmentEEF outlines manufacturing priorities to next Government

Britain's manufacturers have set the next Government four key priorities to build on and secure the economic recovery - or risk jeopardising the growth that has been achieved. More

26/02/15 14:17 | 102 reads | News

Bruton Knowles: The time to appeal business rates is nowBruton Knowles: The time to appeal business rates is now

If you haven't already submitted an appeal against your business rates, now is the time to do so. Occupiers of commercial premises have until 31 March 2015 to submit an appeal or potentially risk losing out on five years' worth of savings. More

24/02/15 12:27 | 92 reads | Opinion

Osbourne Sets Out £5.2BN Midlands PlanOsbourne Sets Out £5.2BN Midlands Plan

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined a six-point plan to boost the long-term economy of the Midlands centred on a £5.2bn investment into a national transport network centred in the region. More

13/02/15 09:16 | 108 reads | News

Round six RGF winners revealedRound six RGF winners revealed

Manufacturing heavyweights from across the West Midlands, including Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Rimstock, are among the winners of funding from the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). More

12/02/15 09:33 | 155 reads | News

Masterclass: What Social Media Can Do For Your Business - Stoke-on-Trent - 31/03/2015Masterclass: What Social Media Can Do For Your Business - Stoke-on-Trent - 31/03/2015

Every business should be on social media. At least that’s what people say. But if it’s true, which networks should you be on? What content will you post? And most importantly of all, how can you turn your efforts into increased profits? More

09/02/15 11:09 | 137 reads | Events

£1.7BN Broadband Scheme Reaches Two Million£1.7BN Broadband Scheme Reaches Two Million

A £1.7bn nationwide roll-out of superfast broadband has now reached more than two million businesses and homes, according to new figures. More

09/02/15 09:21 | 117 reads | News

Region is still propping up UK exports - ChamberRegion is still propping up UK exports - Chamber

Exporters in the West Midlands continue to prop up the UK’s global market, figures released by the ONS reveal. More

06/02/15 14:33 | 109 reads | Opinion

New car sales continue positive trend but JLR suffers dipNew car sales continue positive trend but JLR suffers dip

UK CAR sales have started the year positively although some leading manufacturers – including Jaguar Land Rover – saw registrations dip significantly on this time last year. More

06/02/15 11:48 | 140 reads | News

Investment in engine production set to yield auto industry £2.5bnInvestment in engine production set to yield auto industry £2.5bn

Massive investment in new engine production facilities is set to be worth £2.5bn to the automotive industry in the coming years, leading trade body The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said. More

26/01/15 09:10 | 177 reads | News

Business Growth ServiceBusiness Growth Service

The Business Growth Service brings GrowthAccelerator, the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and schemes from the Intellectual Property Office (IP Audits) and the Design Council (Design Mentoring) into a single service. Export support is provided by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). The service is closely linked to InnovateUK and the British Business Bank. More

23/01/15 10:31 | 139 reads | Business Support

Manufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders – CBI surveyManufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders – CBI survey

New orders continued to expand for British manufacturers in the three months to January, but firms expect their export orders to tail-off in the coming quarter, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey. More

23/01/15 10:18 | 158 reads | News

UK car industry achieves seven-year production high with exports still strongUK car industry achieves seven-year production high with exports still strong

Car production reached a seven-year high last year with 1,528,148 vehicles rolling off production lines, latest figures have shown. More

23/01/15 10:07 | 155 reads | News

Creative Industries worth £8.8 million an hour to UK economyCreative Industries worth £8.8 million an hour to UK economy

New figures published today reveal that the UK’s Creative Industries, which includes the film, television and music industries, are now worth £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy. More

21/01/15 12:06 | 144 reads | News

£1.5m nuclear support fund set to boost West Midlands manufacturers£1.5m nuclear support fund set to boost West Midlands manufacturers

A £1.5m support boost has been unveiled to help West Midlands manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the growing nuclear sector. More

21/01/15 09:07 | 151 reads | News

Government Start-Up Scheme Hits MilestoneGovernment Start-Up Scheme Hits Milestone

Almost £130m has been lent to fledgling companies under the government's Start Up Loan scheme, new data has shown. More

19/01/15 09:24 | 246 reads | News

Staffs Companies Boost Export SalesStaffs Companies Boost Export Sales

Staffordshire companies have reported a surge in overseas sales, a new survey by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has revealed. More

12/01/15 09:30 | 163 reads | News

Positive trade and manufacturing figures show that pessimism over the economy is overdonePositive trade and manufacturing figures show that pessimism over the economy is overdone

Commenting on the November 2014 figures for manufacturing and trade published today by the ONS, Chris Plant, Director of Burton & District Chamber said: “The latest trade and manufacturing figures were better than most analysts expected and support the more positive assessment of the UK economy conveyed in the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey published yesterday. More

09/01/15 12:35 | 187 reads | Opinion

Manufacturers Must Target Sustainable Growth - BCCManufacturers Must Target Sustainable Growth - BCC

Manufacturing and services companies are well placed to expand in 2015 and must aim for growth that is sustainable for the long-term, according to the British Chamber of Commerce's (BCC) director general. More

09/01/15 09:11 | 182 reads | Opinion

£6m bid to unlock tourism potential£6m bid to unlock tourism potential

Tourism leaders are bidding for European cash to support a multi-million pound programme to bring more visitors to the county reports Stoke Sentinel More

07/01/15 11:06 | 177 reads | News