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Bank of England Agents’ National Summary of Business Conditions 2017 Q2

Please use the link below to access the latest publication of the National Summary of Business Conditions in the UK, as reported by the Bank’s Regional Agents.

BoE Summary Q2 2017


Bank of England Summary – May 2017

Please use the link below to access the May Summary.

BOE Summary May 2017


Construction super campus phoenix rises from the ashes in The Smoke

The University of Wolverhampton celebrated its investment of £100 million in a construction super campus at a prestigious event at the House of Lords in London. The investment is part of the University’s ‘Our Vision – Your Opportunity’ £250 million ambitious project to invest in world class education and training in support of economic growth in the region.  To read more please click here.


Grants available to support your business

The Manufacturing Growth Programme provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs across the country with up to 35% grant funding to improve. To find out more please click here.


Contractor appointment puts spoke in the works for manufacturing centre

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Midlands based contractor, Shaylor Group, to build its Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) Spoke at the former Thomas Dudley factory site in Tipton, Dudley. The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) approved £8.04 million funding for the ECMS project with training being delivered in Tipton, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.  To find out more about these developments please click here.


Manufacturing and Materials Round 3

The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK will fund a range of projects that address identified technical or commercial challenges.

Projects should increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. The categorisation will depend on the type of challenge being addressed.

Innovation is required to grow UK manufacturing productivity, increase material efficiency and sustain our competitiveness in the long term.

Click here for more information.