Category Archives: Manufacturing & Engineering

Brexit and Immigration

I guess amongst all of the current concerns causing uncertainty for businesses, a major one is  immigration. Coming from a manufacturing background I realise how dependent many companies have become on migrants from central europe to plug serious skills gaps … Continue reading

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Back to the Future- the rise of Servitization

Some readers will have heard of “Industry 4.0”. This is the fourth industrial revolution which will revolutionise both manufacturing and our society as a whole. Alongside things such as additive manufacturing (3d printing) and IoT (the internet of things) Industry … Continue reading

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Comments on “Brexit”, executive pay and rail transport- so nothing controversial there then!

I’ve attached some of my recent articles in the press in both Platinum Business Magazine and South East Business magazine. I’ve tried to tackle some very controversial subjects and give a pragmatic view- at least I’ve hoped so!    

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Addressing the gender gap

Here’s my latest article in South East Business magazine discussing an issue where progress still needs to be made.     The published article can be found here

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Skills Development

My recent article in Platinum Business magazine discusses the IoD’s recent paper on Lifelong Learning. This document recognises the fundamental changes that are approaching us as a society and details the type of education policy and learning environments we will … Continue reading

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Reduced support will stunt growth

I recently wrote about the demise of the Business Growth Service. It was particularly sad to also see the end of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, MAS. Having been part of the EEF South team that originated the service in London … Continue reading

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Keeping pace with ethical technologies

I recently co-authored an article for LexisNexis with colleagues from DMH Stallard about the ethical sourcing of materials and the pressures on manufacturers to adhere to ethical standards.   The full article can be found here    

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Exporting for success

  My column for the November issue of Platinum Business magazine    

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The Volkswagen debacle and the lack of good governance

With every day that passes we see a further unravelling of the disaster that’s affecting VW Group. It’s been interesting to see how this has affected their multitude of brands and how it will impact on new models, R&D and … Continue reading

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Solving the productivity conundrum

Recently the new Uk Parliament published a paper on productivity www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06492.pdf  in an attempt to further raise the  importance of the subject with our politicians (who probably aren’t the most productive bunch themselves – but that’s another story). Jonty Bloom’s recent paper … Continue reading

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