Tag: Manufacturing

Is It Time You Had An Office Refurb?

In business you’re either growing or you’re shrinking so it’s important to always be moving forward and that includes the design of your office.

Taking care of the office, however, often ends up low on the priority list during busy periods or when a lot of effort is being put into growing a business. Yet appearances should never be ignored and your office will provide prospective clients and customers with their first impression of your business when they walk through the door.

If your office is looking a bit tired and dated, then refurbishing your office can freshen things up and inspire confidence. It is often the smaller details that contribute to business growth and a well maintained modern office can create the kind of lasting impression that provides a good return on your investment.

Also with the holidays fast approaching staff are likely to have their minds on their next holiday and if their surroundings are dull and drab this will only hamper productivity. So there you have it. Refurbishing that tired old office might actually pay for itself with all the benefits it provides.

If you would like to find out more about our office refurbishment services, give us a call today.

UK Manufacturing Picks Up But It’s Still A Drag

The UK manufacturing sector is struggling under the weight of a strong pound as the leaner service sector continues to paint a rosy picture of the economy.

Either way for companies involved in warehousing the prospects are good if consumer spending continues to rise with more space needed to store all those purchases.

For manufacturing however the prospects don’t look as good while the EU struggles nd its currency continues to fall in value against others including the pound. Despite this manufacturing growth did manage to pick up in July even if orders actually grew at their slowest pace in 12 months and the pace of new orders slowed to levels last seen in September 2014.

The government will of course be keen to point to another strong year for the UK economy even if its promises to get Britain making and exporting things again has conveniently been put on the back burner for now.

There is also now a problem for the Bank of England. Do they raise interest rates or keep them s they are to avoid a further strengthening of GBP? Exporters to European markets will be watching this with interest in the coming months.

UK Manufacturing Exceeding Expectations

The UK manufacturing industry grew faster than was expected in February 2014, according to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). Employment in the sector expanded at its fastest rate for almost three years and the PMI ticked up to 56.9 from 56.6 in January – higher than the 56.5 economists predicted and the eleventh consecutive month that UK manufacturing has shown expansion.

Manufacturing accounts for around a tenth of the UK’s economy, and the latest figures suggest that another quarter of solid economic growth should be on the cards. The sharp rise in job creation – a 33 month record – should also help the wider economic recovery.

The upturn has been seen across all manufacturing sectors – consumer, intermediate and investment goods producers have all reported robust increases in output, new orders and employment during February. New export business has also flourished with orders from clients in the US, the Middle East, China, Africa and Europe flooding in. This strong demand has certainly aided the pricing power of UK manufacturers, with average selling prices rising for the eighth consecutive month.

As industry leaders in logistics and warehouse racking and shelving systems, here at Millennium SI we can create ideal solutions that utilise your space to maximum effect. From simple shelving systems to efficient pallet racking to state-of-the-art computer-controlled live location narrow and very narrow warehouse racking, we can help your business to meet demand by making the most of the existing space available or by designing a warehouse shelving and pallet racking system from scratch. Whatever your industry, for the most creative yet practical solutions to your warehouse issues, just get in touch with our expert team.