Skills Gap

The prospect of leaving the EU is 'the biggest threat' facing manufacturers

Quitting EU is manufacturers’ ‘biggest threat’

By Michael Stones

Quitting the EU is “the biggest threat” facing manufacturers, warned the manufacturing organisation EEF, as business leaders and analysts highlighted the key importance of EU membership.

Some visionary companies understood the need to invest in preventive maintenance, said Gagg

Preventive maintenance vital for cash-strapped firms

By Rod Addy

Food firms are targeting asset care as a way to ease pressure on profits, but lack of properly trained staff is proving a hindrance, according to Peter Gagg, md of MCP management consultants.

Please take part in our state-of-the-industry survey

Food firms asked to share views on industry's future

By Michael Stones

As the food and drink manufacturing sector considers the impact of the Conservatives’ election victory, the Food Manufacture Group invites you to share your views about the industry's future.

The industry needs a dedicated food and drink manufacturing council: FDF

Election 2015

New food manufacturing council leads FDF wishlist

By Michael Stones

A dedicated food and drink manufacturing council – tasked with improving communication and co-operation between the government and industry – tops the wishlist of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) from the next government, ahead of next week’s general...

Deals and partnerships lead the past week's headlines

New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

By Laurence Gibbons

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad news from the past seven days in a special edition of Good Week/ Bad...

There are three barriers preventing women in manufacturing

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

By Laurence Gibbons

A lack of knowledge about food industry careers, misconceptions about manufacturing and a dip in apprenticeships are the three barriers blocking women from starting careers in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Goodburn thinks food should be used in every lesson at school

Chilled Food boss on recruitment mission

By Nicholas Robinson

There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest

Business leaders gave a mixed reaction to Labour's manifesto

Election 2015

Labour plans draw mixed reaction from business

By Michael Stones

Business leaders have given a mixed response to Labour’s manifesto published on Monday (April 13), with praise for its commitment to EU membership but criticism of its curb on zero-hours contracts.

Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby will be going back to school to boost students' employment prospects

Manufacturing bosses in schools skills plan

By Michael Stones

Top food and drink manufacturing bosses Gavin Darby, Premier Foods, Leendert den Hollander, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Ranjit Singh Boparan, 2 Sisters Food Group, will be joining other food industry bosses in a back-to-schools plan to sharpen students’...

Osborne announced plans to abolish National Insurance contributions for those aged under 21

2015 Budget

Food industry responds to 2015 Budget

By Rod Addy

The 2015 Budget has provoked a mixed reaction from the food industry, with beer, cider and whisky producers celebrating duty cuts, while others are calling for more specific food industry support.

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