Exelin: Manufacturing Barometer paints a picture of SME growth, yet a disconnect with UK Industrial Strategy

Small to medium sized manufacturers in the UK have remained resilient in the face of ‘Brexit’ uncertainty, with 57% of firms recording an increase in sales during the last six months. The National Manufacturing Barometer, conducted by SWMAS in partnership with Economic Growth Solutions (EGS), also found strong optimism for growth, …

A fresh chapter in the Dymond Engineering story as the company continues to evolve

Colin Dymond, founder of Barnstable based Dymond Engineering retired recently after 36 years with the company and so it enters an exciting new phase in its development. Colin started out by providing a precision metal fabrication service to shop fitters and retail designers.  Dymond Shop Fittings is still a leading supplier to …

SWMAS Q3 2016-17 Manufacturing Barometer Results

Manufacturing Barometer: Senior decision makers within small and medium sized manufacturers have shared their views on UK Industrial Strategy and whether the UK is doing enough to build its reputation as a stable and predictable business environment. SWMAS, would like to thank those that took part in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey …

R&D Tax Credits: How would you spend £4.7bn to incentivise UK innovation?

From Forrest Brown R&D Tax Credit Consultancy: With the Spring Budget set to be announced tomorrow and a once-in-a-generation Industrial Strategy consultation taking place, we surveyed 1,000 UK business leaders on their attitudes towards innovation investment and Brexit. In the study, we reveal: How businesses believe Brexit will alter the …

£7.5m Food Processing Grants from HotSW LEP

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub has announced EU funding available for Rural Development, Rural Tourism Infrastructure and Food Processing Grants. By far the largest of the three funds, the £7,540,000 allocation is for new or existing food and drink processing businesses (including farm businesses diversifying into food and drink …

Views sought on improving productivity

The Heart of the South West’s joint Local Enterprise Partnership and local authority-led Devolution Partnership’s Productivity Plan aims to ensure that the Heart of the South West, covering Devon and Somerset, makes a significant contribution to the UK’s productivity growth. The Productivity Plan will set out how to address the challenge of improving productivity …