Skills for the future competitiveness of the UK Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry is a major UK manufacturing sector with an exemplary export record generating gross value added the same order of magnitude as the aerospace sector. The NHS is a major domestic customer of the sector. UK pharmaceuticals are also important in terms of business funded research and development in the UK. Many European,… Read more »

Public Attitudes towards Manufacturing’s Role in Rebalancing the UK Economy

The Centre for Industry and Government at the Institute for Manufacturing  (IfM) at Cambridge University have just published some important new survey based research on public attitudes to manufacturing in the UK in partnership with YouGov-Cambridge. The research explores public attitudes to ‘rebalancing the UK economy’, an important theme in the Coalition’s economic policy statements…. Read more »

The competitiveness of the European Mechanical Engineering Industry

The UK Mechanical Engineering industry (UKME) employs some 210,000 people, 6.7% of the total employees in the EU Mechanical Engineering Industry (EUME). UKME contributes €13bn gross value added per annum to UK GDP, 7.4% of the EU27 value added total for the sector. This makes it the fourth largest ME sector in the EU27 in terms… Read more »

Global Opportunities in 2012 for the UK Automotive Supply Chain

The recent announcement at the Geneva Motor Show that Nissan will build a new compact model, the Invitation, at its factory in Sunderland follows a whole series of similar investment announcements by vehicle manufacturers in the UK throughout 2011. One of the  most important is the decision by Jaguar Land Rover to construct a new… Read more »

Employer Led Skills

The Coalition Government is moving ahead rapidly this year with its Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot. The UK Commission on Education and Skills has just published a prospectus for the programme which sets out a very tight timetable for the first round of funding.  The deadline for employers to register is 13 April 2012 and… Read more »

Flying Forward – the aerospace industry’s vital role in the UK economy

The ADS, which is the premier trade organisation for all companies operating in the Aerospace,Defence, Security and Space sectors, has just launched a major campaign – Flying Forward.  The campaign was launched on 17 January in the Strangers’ Dining Room in the House of Commons. Business Minister, Mark Prisk, delivered the key note speech. Emma… Read more »

Towards a National Employer-Led Skills Pilot

On 17th November 2011, the Prime Minister announced a new pilot initiative to move towards an employer-led skills system, committing up to £250 million over the next two years to test this new approach. The central aim of the employer ownership pilot is to give businesses the space to step up and develop new and… Read more »

High Performance Working (HPW)

The idea behind High Performance Working (HPW) is central to much current discussion on boosting UK economic competitiveness and growth. The UK Commission on Employment and Skills define HPW as: ‘a general approach to managing organisations that aims to stimulate more effective employee involvement and commitment in order to achieve high levels of performance… designed… Read more »

UK inward investment and the growth of the UK manufacturing sector

UKTI promote UK exports and inward investment. They have funded research into the comparative performance of UK domestic owned and foreign owned manufacturing firms by Richard Harris from Glasgow University which has thrown up some remarkable trends. The study which was published in 2009 finds that between 1984 and 2005 the number of employees in… Read more »

Rebalancing The UK Economy – The Importance Of The Skills Dimension

In November 2010 the UK Commission for Employment and Skills started research on rebalancing the UK economy, sectorally and spatially to identify the possible role of, and implications for, skills and employment policy. The project also covered the rationale for government intervention to build a strong and sustainable economy, balanced geographically and sectorally. The results were published in August… Read more »