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You can make it, if you try… Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Manufacturing comes home as energy cost trumps wages gap

Something strange, or perhaps rather unexpected, has occurred over the past few years: the media and politicians alike have been highlighting the strength of British manufacturing. Stranger yet, perhaps…
Cold steel: George Osborne visits JCB’s factory in Staffordshire. Rui Vieira/PA

Finance wages soar while manufacturing flatlines

George Osborne promised Britain a “march of the makers” – but as yet, there is little sign that a resurgence of manufacturing is helping the economy to rebalance. It would be naïve to assume that manufacturing…
Fewer trade hurdles won’t necessarily help Britain’s economy. Martin Rickett/PA

Dodgy economics of the transatlantic free trade deal

The Conservative Party’s 2010 general election manifesto could not have been clearer: “A sustainable recovery must be driven by growth in exports”. As George Osborne specified, the target was “net exports…
No more reindeer? Andrew Milligan/PA

No money in post, so why was Royal Mail a good buy?

Royal Mail has been privatised. Even after Margaret Thatcher’s frenzy in the 1980s, it was one of the last UK public enterprises left; now, the coalition government has sold 52% of Royal Mail. Whereas…
It’s far from grim in Nissan’s north. Owen Humphreys/PA

Over here and over productive: let’s welcome foreign owners

The proportion of UK-quoted shares owned by overseas investors passed the 50% mark for the first time last week. Predictably there was much wringing of hands about the decline of British business and short-termism…
Jaguar Land Rover needs more engineers. David Jones/PA

Skill shortage stops UK from engineering global success

The future competitiveness of the British economy is founded on the country’s engineers. Sir James Dyson, one of the UK’s most important entrepreneurial designers, regularly bemoans the shortage of skilled…

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