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JCB’s production plants set for record high in 2017

Staffordshire digger giant JCB expects its production plants to build a record 70,000 machines globally during 2017, according to a briefing given to the Black Country-based Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM). Read more:  JCB’s production plants set for record high in 2017


Forgers mark their war effort 100 years on

It’s almost a century since British forging companies met in Birmingham to unite for the war effort, and their trade association will mark the historic event in November. Read more: Forgers mark their war effort 100 years on


EEF/BDO Manufacturing Outlook Q3 published

The Q3 EEF/BDO Manufacturing Outlook report is out it has had plenty of press coverage on it too which is great; please click here to view the press release.


Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) phase 2 compliance has started

The CBM is here to guide your company through the audit process with our expert knowledge of your sector. Read more: ESOS


Time to register for our new £12m skills project

It’s been years in the planning, but our ambitious industrial training scheme is now only months away from becoming reality. In September, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) will receive the first intake of apprentices at its central ‘hub’ – the University of Wolverhampton’s new Springfield campus – and its three ‘spokes’, one of which will be at our headquarters at the National Metalforming Centre (NMC) in West Bromwich. Read more: ECMS



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.

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