16 May 2013
Precision engineering specialist Produmax has seen turnover grow to a record £4.75 million, after a 12-month period in which it has secured major new aerospace and defence contracts. A supplier to the aerospace, medical, military and telecoms industries, the company has invested £1 million in new technologies to win the contracts, one of which
30 April 2013
Otley-based Craftsman Tools, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has opened a dedicated apprentice training area as part of its commitment to continued growth and to bringing new blood into engineering, The family-led firm, which specialises in toolholding, workholding and sub-contract machining, now has a workforce of 63, including four full-time apprentices, and
20 April 2013
Apprentice Matthew Jackson had to overcome fierce competition to win his place as the newest recruit to join Siemens Mechanical Drives at the company’s Stourton-based operation in Leeds. He is one of 160 apprentices that Siemens has recruited UK-wide in the last six months but 18 year-old Matthew found himself up against 180 applicants for
14 March 2013
School uniform manufacturer and online retailer Perry Uniform has expanded its Leeds operation with the help of a £10,000 grant from Leeds City Council’s business growth fund. Based in West Leeds, the company has grown rapidly since it was bought out of administration by current ownerBernard Bunting, achieving 31% average growth per annum in each
1 March 2013
Grants of between £10,000 and £1 million are available to companies in the Leeds City Region to support business investment and expansion. The £20 million Business Growth Programme is supported by the government’s regional growth fund and offers grants to cover up to 20 per cent of the cost of capital investment projects and support employment creation.
27 February 2013
Latest figures from the Manufacturing Advisory Service show manufacturing SMEs in Yorkshire & Humber are optimistic for growth in 2013, reinforcing recent forecasts of an upturn in the sector. The MAS quarterly barometer reveals that 40% of companies questioned have seen an increase in their order books over the past six months, with a massive
14 February 2013
Siemens Mechanical Drives in Leeds is benefiting from the fresh ideas of young graduate engineers, who will play a major role in the way future engineering and manufacturing is carried out in the UK. Engineering graduates studying with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University recently spent a fortnight at the Leeds factory of
17 July 2012
Entrepreneur Robert McCandless, a partner in Otley-based Kiravans, has developed a new Yorkshire supply chain and is now on target to increase its turnover from £300k to in excess of £600k over the next 12 months. Kiravans, a mail order supplier to the campervan conversion trade, was set up by brothers Mike and Robert McCandless with
22 May 2012
Manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and Humber are bucking sluggish growth forecasts with encouraging reports of increased sales and new jobs. More than half of respondents (53%) to the first ever Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) national barometer had seen turnover rise in the last six months, with 61% expecting further growth between now and the end
3 March 2012
A Leeds company specialising in the design and manufacture of orthopaedic devices for customers including Premier League soccer clubs and Olympic athletes has relocated to new premises in Morley.
28 November 2011
At a debate on the future of UK manufacturing held in Leeds, Graham Bowland, chief executive officer of Leeds‐based Surgical Innovations, said that innovation in technology is key to the success of Leeds manufacturing sectors including healthcare.
17 November 2011
A national debate on the future of manufacturing in the UK takes place in Leeds next week (Thursday 24th Nov). ‘The Business of Manufacturing’ is a Question Time‐style debate, featuring a panel of high profile manufacturing leaders and industry experts, and takes place at Leeds Valley Park. Juergen Maier, managing director of Siemens UK Industry