UK manufacturing and British-made brands in the news this week: Portmerion on track for record year; Pashley and Morgan collaborate; British innovation receives £1bn in funding; The future of manufacturing report;
Great to see Stoke pottery company Portmerion continuing to grow. It’s just announced that it’s pre-tax profit is up by nearly 30%. Much of its growth has been driven by strong export sales, particularly to the US. Click through to the article to see a great behind-the-scenes video in their factory.
“Portmeirion – which owns brands including Spode, Wax Lyrical, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel and employs around 600 people at its UK headquarters in London Road, has seen growth across all of its operational segments.”
This is a match made in heaven – two iconic British brands collaborating on a new product. Pashley and Morgan have joined forces to create this super stylish new British-made bike.
“The Morgan Motor Company are excited to collaborate on a new range of bicycles with a fellow British company, Pashley Cycles…The bicycles have a stylish hand-crafted frame which features a new curved top tube design.”
The Government has pledged to give £1bn in funding to innovative UK businesses this week, many of who are manufacturers. The funding will be used to further propel the UK’s seven high value manufacturing catapult centres, which are fuelling advanced innovation across the country. Catapult centres are innovation hubs designed to help transform the UK’s capability to innovate and to help drive economic growth.
To find out more about Innovate UK funding click here.
“In their first five years, the Catapults have supported around 3,000 small businesses to develop and exploit new technologies.
They operate more than £850m world-class facilities and are also training hundreds of apprentices and doctoral students, such as at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where in the last year 900 apprentices have gained invaluable practical experience with cutting-edge technologies used in modern manufacturing.”
Is the UK on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution? This article sheds some light on the technology changing the landscape of manufacturing in the UK. If you’re interested in how UK manufacturing may look in the future, then you’ll want to read this latest report by The Telegraph on how the factory of the future may look. Full of lots of fascinating facts and figures, it offers a great insight into the technology which is shaping the way forward for manufacturing.
“Britain is the birthplace of the industrial revolution – and remains a leading manufacturing nation today, as well as a world leader in hi-tech sectors such as aerospace. There are 2.6 million people directly employed in manufacturing in the UK, and British manufacturers saw product sales of £364.7bn in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).”