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Small and mid-sized companies worldwide are preparing for growth

28/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter Despite slow economic recovery in many of the world’s economies, small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are thinking ahead and creating flexible platforms to enable fast growth in future, according to new research by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by SAP. The EIU study, Scaling SMEs: Building a flexible... read more


 

Clean and Energy Efficient Production (CEEP) Opportunities in China

28/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter UKTI's CEEP event highlights the growing Chinese Clean and Energy Efficient production market as a potentially lucrative one for UK companies. You may have seen reports of pollution in China, resulting from manufacturing, causing health problems and heard about the Chinese Government’s wish to reduce the energy, water and... read more


 

Calais importance to European logistics underlined by key projects

28/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter Key projects designed to make Calais the number one communications point in Europe are to come under the microscope at an event in London. Representatives from CargoBeamer, pioneers of a new technology which will remove 60% of trucks from Europe’s roads, are to explain how the launch of... read more


 

UK food and drink businesses targeted by foreign firms

27/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter Accountancy firm Grant Thornton have released a report that shows acquisitions of UK and Irish food and drink producers by overseas firms doubled last year. Some 14% of all acquisitions were made by firms based overseas, compared with 7% in 2011. An increasing proportion of these came... read more


 

Record year-on-year fall in Eurozone retail sales in February

27/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter Markit’s Eurozone retail PMI data for February signalled a record year-on-year fall in retail sales revenues in the single currency area. Sales were also down sharply compared with January, as signalled by a PMI reading of 44.5, down from 45.9. The Eurozone Retail PMI is a seasonally adjusted indicator... read more


 

Pay freezes re-emerge in key bargaining period for manufacturing

27/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter The first pay data for 2013 suggests the subdued pay environment in manufacturing over the past two years is set to continue, with pay freezes still a feature of negotiations in the main key bargaining period, according to the latest survey on pay data from EEF, the manufacturers’... read more


 

Changing shift in world trade presents new UK business opportunities

27/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter The latest HSBC Commercial Banking Trade Forecast details a shift in the goods produced by emerging markets, this will see a move towards the production of higher-value goods, presenting opportunities for forward thinking UK companies looking to expand. The UK’s trading outlook shows little change in... read more


 

Carillion scoop Middle East contracts

27/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter A Wolverhampton company have won a £210 million contract in the Middle East. Carillion are the preferred bidder for contracts that will see them work in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. The firm has made a good start to 2013, winning new orders and probable orders in the first... read more


 

Growth is on the agenda for English manufacturers in 2013

26/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter Figures released today (Tuesday) show English manufacturing small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are optimistic for growth in 2013, reinforcing recent economic forecasts predicting an upturn in the sector. The latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer reveals that 43% of companies questioned have seen an increase in their order... read more


 

Record year for Birmingham music company in the USA

26/02/2013

By Daniel Hunter A Birmingham-based record label and artists’ management company has been impressing the music industry state-side. Following two UKTI-supported music industry visits to the USA, Gotham Records, part of Barry Tomes Media Group, has signed a contract worth £30,000 to provide PR support for a hit US music tv show;... read more