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£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 | 61 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 | 58 reads | News

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

Sales 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 | 44 reads | Opinion

EEF outlines manufacturing priorities to next Government

EEF 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 | 67 reads | News

Bruton Knowles: The time to appeal business rates is now

Bruton 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 | 51 reads | Opinion

Osbourne Sets Out £5.2BN Midlands Plan

Osbourne 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 | 72 reads | News

Round six RGF winners revealed

Round 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 | 117 reads | News

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015

Do you understand 'Lean Manufacturing'? Do you know the benefits which it can offer your business? More

10/02/15 16:11 | 74 reads | Events

Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015

Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015

When your products are sold do you simply wave them goodbye as they leave? Could you add more value, keep your customers happy and improve your bottom-line. More

10/02/15 15:52 | 79 reads | Events

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

Masterclass: 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 | 95 reads | Events

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BES Business Bootcamps - Stoke-on-Trent - 26/03/2015BES Business Bootcamps - Stoke-on-Trent - 26/03/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) are proud to launch a brand new concept for 2015, one day intensive Business BootCamps. More

09/02/15 10:13 | 89 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 | 85 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 | 79 reads | Opinion

New to Nuclear – Real Market Opportunities for Our Manufacturing Businesses - Telford - 05/03/2015New to Nuclear – Real Market Opportunities for Our Manufacturing Businesses - Telford - 05/03/2015

Is your business looking to expand into the Nuclear Sector? Fit for Nuclear is a *funded business improvement programme that will measure your operations against the standards required to supply the Nuclear industry - in new build, operations and decommissioning - and hel you take the necessary steps to close any gaps. More

06/02/15 14:27 | 101 reads | Events

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 | 103 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 | 141 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 | 94 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 | 118 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 | 123 reads | News

 Acas Conference - The changing face of employment relations - Solihull - 19/03/2015 Acas Conference - The changing face of employment relations - Solihull - 19/03/2015

Our workplaces are changing; organisations find that they need to work harder than ever to retain their best workers, attract the best talent and get the best from their staff. More

21/01/15 15:46 | 148 reads | Events

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 | 107 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 | 116 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 | 210 reads | News

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015

Lean principles can offer huge benefits to your business and significantly change the operational aspects.This event is free of charge for West Midlands based SME Manufacturers More

15/01/15 11:04 | 144 reads | Events

Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015

When your products are sold do you simply wave them goodbye as they leave? Could you add more value, keep your customers happy and improve your bottom-line. This event is free of charge for West Midlands based SME Manufacturers More

15/01/15 10:59 | 138 reads | Events

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 | 130 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 | 153 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 | 149 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 | 142 reads | News

Manufacturers temper optimism as trading conditions coolManufacturers temper optimism as trading conditions cool

Manufacturers’ bullish expectations at the beginning of 2014 have eased back, leaving firms cautiously confident as they head into 2015, according to a new study. More

05/01/15 09:29 | 84 reads | News