Export orders ramp up but domestic demand flatlines for UK’s SME manufacturers

By Terry Irwin |
Categories: Economy, Manufacturing
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Growth in domestic orders stalled for the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in the three months to May 2018, but export orders growth ramped up to the strongest on record. That’s according to the latest quarterly SME Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 328 respondents also found that […]

Presenteeism in UK hits record high as workplace stress increases

By Terry Irwin |
Categories: Talent management, HR
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The incidence of presenteeism has more than tripled in the UK since 2010, according to the latest Health and Well-being at Work survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth. Presenteeism is the growing phenomenon of people going into work when they are unwell, due to factors such as personal money […]

GDP estimate shows weakest quarterly growth in more than five years

By Terry Irwin |
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today released its preliminary estimate for the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) for January to March 2018. Here is a summary of the main points. The UK economy grew by 0.1% in the first quarter of 2018, marking the weakest quarterly growth since Q4 2012. The weakness in […]

UK high street sales below average for second consecutive month – latest data

By Terry Irwin |
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The volume of retail sales in the UK was flat in the year to April 2018, again disappointing expectations for a return to growth on the high street. That’s the conclusion of the latest Distributive Trades survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 100 firms showed that, in the year to […]

UK manufacturing export orders grow as domestic demand holds steady – latest data

By Terry Irwin |
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The UK’s manufacturing growth slowed over the three months to April 2018, but remained well above average. That’s according to the latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 356 manufacturers revealed that optimism about general business conditions deteriorated marginally, while domestic orders were largely unchanged on the […]

UK private sector growth slows in the three months to March

By Terry Irwin |
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Growth in the UK’s private sector slowed in the quarter to March 2018, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator. The survey is a monthly composite measure of 650 respondents across the distribution, manufacturing and service sectors. It showed the balance of firms reporting a rise in output at +8%, down from +20% in the three […]

Beast from the East brought added chill to UK retail sector – latest data

By Terry Irwin |
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Retail sales in the UK fell in the year to March 2018, according to the latest monthly Distribution Trades Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 109 firms, including 53 retailers, revealed a weak month for retailers, with year-on-year sales volumes declining for the first time since October 2017. In addition, […]

Optimism dives yet again in the UK’s financial services sector

By Terry Irwin |
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Optimism in the financial services sector fell for the fourth consecutive quarter at the start of 2018, surpassing the gloom that enveloped the sector during the financial crisis. That was the overall finding of the latest Financial Services Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and PwC. The quarterly survey of 81 firms found […]

How to build an internship programme that works

By Terry Irwin |
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Internship programmes are first and foremost for the benefit and education of the intern. However, they can also benefit an organisation in many ways. This video sets out 11 steps – from writing a job description to setting your expectations – to building an internship programme that works for both employers and interns.

UK manufacturing output growth slows but remains strong – latest data

By Terry Irwin |
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Manufacturing order books weakened in the three months to March 2018, but remained well above their long-run average, according to the latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). According to the survey of 381 manufacturers, export order books remained unchanged and above the long-run average. Output continued to grow robustly […]

“Why am I not getting new clients?” – a checklist for SMEs, Part 6

By Terry Irwin |
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Today’s post – my sixth and last on this topic – covers the final four points in my 21-point checklist. It will help you improve your communication skills, give your potential clients reasons to buy from you, capture the attention and interest of your ideal clients, and get more exposure for your business. As with […]

UK services sector enjoys strong growth – latest data

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Business volumes in the UK’s services sector grew strongly in the three months to February 2018, according to the latest quarterly Services Sector Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Both subsectors – business and professional services and consumer services – saw a rise in profits for the first time since November 2015. Business […]

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