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The Friday Roundup – 15/09/2017

Every Friday, we round up our top 5 most popular reads from the week, along with sharing some of our favourite finds from around the web.

This week includes another report highlighting yet more positivity for UK manufacturing, AkzoNobel’s largest ever global investment in Northumberland and a 29-year-old CFO making his mark at Kraft-Heinz…

Our top 5 most read this week

1. AkzoNobel open new £100m Dulux paint factory

Leading paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has opened the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint factory in Ashington, North-East England. The Northumberland plant, which cost more than £100m to build, is the largest ever global investment by the decorative paints business and will become the new centre of production for Dulux, the UK’s most popular paint brand.
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2. Annual report highlights yet more manufacturing positivity

Despite continuing uncertainty around the impact of Brexit, the sixth annual MHA Manufacturing and Engineering report found that 69% of manufacturers surveyed reported revenue growth over the past 12 months, with 78% predicting growth in the 12 months to come.
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3. Fairline Yachts announces plans for new UK factory

British luxury boat manufacturer Fairline Yachts announced plans for a new manufacturing facility in the UK, enabling the building of larger yachts, which has not been possible at the firm’s existing manufacturing base in Oundle, Northamptonshire. Fairline’s existing Oundle site will continue to operate, with an estimated 200 jobs to be created at the new facility.
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4. Boeing start construction of new Sheffield plant

Boeing has ceremonially broken ground at the Sheffield Business Park site where its first European manufacturing facility will be built after Sheffield City Council recently granted planning permission. The 6,200-square-metre building, due to open in late 2018, will manufacture actuation system components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aeroplanes.
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5. Opinion: it is vital that the Government deliver a sustainable Industrial Strategy

Tom Lawton, Partner & Head of Manufacturing at accountancy firm BDO shares his thoughts on why it is vital that the Government delivers a sustainable industrial strategy which focuses on skills and education
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Our favourite #GBmfg & #UKmfg tweets of the week

Recommendation roundup

Our picks of the best manufacturing and business related content that caught our attention this week.

1. UK manufacturing: a digital future (includes video) / via @BiznessReporter

Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Factory UK sits down with Alastair Greener from Business Reporter to discuss Industry 4.0 and digitalisation.
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2. The 29-year-old who was named Chief Financial Officer of Kraft Heinz / via @Forbes

Kraft Heinz Co. generates more than $26 billion in annual revenue. Starting in October, Kraft Heinz’s finances will be overseen by a 29-year-old.
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3. Pound jumps as Bank of England hints at rate rise / via @BBCNews

The Bank of England has said that higher inflation and a pick up in growth could lead to a rate hike in “the coming months”.
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And finally, some bonus light hearted picks to add to your reading list this weekend:

1. Easyjet vs Ryanair – which is better / via @BusinessInsider

Lori Zaino flew on EasyJet & Ryanair to see which low cost airline was better. From baggage policies to amenities and service – here’s the verdict…
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2. The biggest thing Apple released this week is also the smallest / via @WiredUK

Apple launched their new eSIM this week as well as the iPhone 8, 8Plus & iPhone X which, as Wired reports, is a massive moment for the company’s wearable ambitions.
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