Q1 Barometer Results!

SWMAS, would like to thank those that took part in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey Summer 2017.   Your input has allowed us to identify the confidence, trends and opinions from within the manufacturing industry and enable us to lobby local and national government to ensure you’re receiving the right support needed …

EEF Problem Solving Network

EEF have recently launched our online Problem-Solving Network, which is a platform for best practice sharing.   NDMA members receive affiliate membership to EEF   The platform allows EEF members to help each other solve manufacturing problems. There is a brand new Affiliate Partner group within the network where EEF’s …

IFS says student debt rising beyond £50,000

Students in England are going to graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Those from the poorest backgrounds, with more loans available to support them, will graduate with debts of over £57,000 says …

TDK Lambda – Power Supply Product – 7-year warranty 1000 and 1500W power supply models

7-year warranty 1000 and 1500W power supply models added to RWS-B series 6 July 2017 Ref: LA008049 TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the RWS1000B and RWS1500B series of AC-DC power supplies, extending TDK-Lambda’s popular 7-year warranty 50 to 600W RWS-B range.  Rated at 1000W and 1500W output power, the …

Manufacturing Barometer: Brexit – The Impact on Your Business

The Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey, which maps confidence, trends and opinions within the manufacturing sector.   The findings, collated from opinions of senior decision makers are used to help lobby Government to support SME manufacturers, ensuring they have the necessary support to operate sustainable businesses and the opportunity …

Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme

Press release (download HERE)   Manufacturing is an important part of the North Devon economy, and local businesses are struggling to recruit candidates for roles requiring higher level technical skills. National shortages in technical skills compound this problem for businesses in North Devon & Torridge, who see young talent leaving …

Petroc wins awards for ‘excellent’ teaching

Higher Education staff at Petroc in Barnstaple have been recognised for the ‘excellent’ outcomes of students. Petroc has received a silver award for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) after students achieved ‘excellent’ outcomes. The award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) saw a panel reviewing the college against …