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We’ll be fighting your corner, Hague tells exporters


By Daniel Hunter William Hague pledged to exporters that the government was “urging you on, backing you up, opening your way and fighting your corner” as he told the CBI Annual Dinner that the Foreign Office was determined to help firms grow into overseas markets. The foreign secretary spelled out the ways... read more


Bank of England cuts growth forecast for UK economy


By Marcus Leach Continued problems in the eurozone have seen the the Bank of England cut its growth forecast for this year from 1.2% to 0.8%. The eurozone crisis, which took a fresh twist this week with news that Greece will be going back to the polls, continues to be a major... read more


Manufacturers look to the Government for practical support


By Daniel Hunter Research by accountants and business advisors BDO LLP reveals that just 26% of manufacturers believe the Government is adopting the right strategies to support and develop UK manufacturing. Almost all (93%) of manufacturers value the Government’s message that manufacturing is essential to the UK economy, but the... read more


UK trade deficit narrows in March


By Marcus Leach Official figures released today (Tuesday) show that the UK's trade deficit narrowed in March, driven in particular by stronger exports to the US, China and Russia. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveals that the seasonally adjusted trade deficit in goods and services was £2.7 billion, against £2.9... read more


Baroness lifts the lid on new manufacturing plant


By Daniel Hunter A new £1.2 million manufacturing plant that will deliver a boost to Liverpool’s economy will be opened today (Tuesday) by Business Minister Baroness Wilcox. The Minister will visit Bootle Containers, near Liverpool, to see the company’s new state-of-the-art centre. Recently completed as part of the firm’s investment programme, the new... read more


Institute of Export celebrates graduation success


By Daniel Hunter London’s historic Mansion House played host to the Institute of Export’s graduation ceremony when students were acknowledged for completing prestigious qualifications in international trade. The graduates - who hail from national and global organisations including Citibank N.A. Cameroon, Gloria Jeans in Russia, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and... read more


British manufacturers aim to bounce back from double dip


By Daniel Hunter The GDP figures for the first quarter of 2012 were announced recently and Britain PLC is back in recession after a surprise 0.2% contraction in the economy, following a 0.3% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2011. Manufacturing was down 0.1% following a 0.7% decline in the... read more


Apprentice and graduate schemes backed


By Daniel Hunter Two of the UK’s leading logistics companies have backed apprentice, graduate and back to work schemes to help solve the expected shortfall in future logistics employees. David Wilson, HR Development Manager, PD Ports, and Chris Malyon, Director of Sales and Marketing, DSV Road Limited, on 2 May told... read more


Manufacturers forecasting surge in export growth to emerging markets


By Daniel Hunter Britain’s manufacturers are stepping up their investment plans to capitalise on surging demand from emerging economies and provide a long term growth presence in overseas markets, according to a survey released by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). However, the survey also throws down a... read more


Small manufacturers expect increase in orders


By Daniel Hunter Business sentiment among the UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers rose for the first time since mid-2011, and orders and production are expected to grow solidly over the next quarter. In the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI’s) latest quarterly SME Trends Survey, which had 356 respondents, a balance of +22%... read more