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....In June Marks & Spencer set out a new Plan A ethical and sustainability programme to build on its original blueprint launched 10 years ago. As part of this it has pledged to make all M&S packaging “widely recyclable” by 2022 and to halve food waste through its supply chain by 2025. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6m hectare Leuser ecosystem, despite a moratorium announced last June. The palm oil reaches major brands via a twisting supply chain that stretches from the PT Agra Bumi Niaga (ABN) logging company, which delivers to a processing mill owned by PT Ensem Sawita (ES), which then sells the palm oil on to some of the world’s largest traders. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Baldemar Velasquez, said the merger has pushed him to take the fight for fair, organized labor worldwide. “The supply chain is globalized, and they put one poor group against another,” said Velasquez. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction image
....6m hectare Leuser ecosystem, despite a moratorium announced last June. The palm oil reaches major brands via a twisting supply chain that stretches from the PT Agra Bumi Niaga (ABN) logging company, which delivers to a processing mill owned by PT Ensem Sawita (ES), which then sells the palm oil on to some of the world’s largest traders. ...
British American Tobacco to acquire Reynolds as activists decry merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 06:51:28 PM
....President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Baldemar Velasquez, said the merger has pushed him to take the fight for fair, organized labor worldwide. “The supply chain is globalized, and they put one poor group against another,” said Velasquez. ...
M&S slashes plastic use in food packaging to cut waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:01:11 AM
....In June Marks & Spencer set out a new Plan A ethical and sustainability programme to build on its original blueprint launched 10 years ago. As part of this it has pledged to make all M&S packaging “widely recyclable” by 2022 and to halve food waste through its supply chain by 2025. ...
HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn awarded by UK government image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 08:08:45 AM
....”. The TUC has signed a framework agreement to guarantee high employment standards and to “maximise the potential benefits of HS2 to the UK supply chain”. ...
The Guardian view on Brexit policy: time for Britain to get real | Editorial image
.... Even if the decision is to leave the single market, however, the case for remaining in the customs union endures. To leave the customs union would be devastating to modern supply chains. ...
Brexit breaks breakfast? Hard Brexit could mean hard luck for fry-up fans image
....“If the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal or transitional agreement, we can expect both higher prices and a huge spike in red tape at the borders,” Jones said. “The top priority for businesses is to fully understand their own supply chains: the volumes and values of the goods they ship back and forth and which countries they’re importing to and from. ...
Butter price at all-time high as dairy production curdles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 11:28:15 AM
....An NFU spokeswoman said: “Over recent weeks here in the UK and across the EU, we’ve seen record prices for cream and butter at wholesale and a buoyant market, but farm-gate prices have failed to keep up – a time lag we can understand, but the lack of strong upward movement in the farm-gate milk price is extremely concerning. “The constant boom-and-bust dairy market cycle helps no one, most of all farmers who, at the bottom of the supply chain, are facing the biggest volatility risk. ...
Massive cyber-attack could cost Nurofen and Durex maker £100m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 07:38:33 AM
.... No longer is it limited to data and privacy compromise with expenses incurred to remediate the breach. Now we’re seeing disruption to supply chains and production, material loss of income, and physical damage becoming more of a reality. ...
Fuel savers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 11:12:32 PM
...."We as humans understand that New Year's [Eve] is a time when we use more power, but artificial intelligence doesn't know that, it just sees patterns," he says. Computer brains can also be used to improve control at the other end of the energy supply chain - demand. ...
World's first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 01:55:26 PM
.... It is the second biggest of its kind, very expensive to hire – and, for now, essential in the process of lifting the turbines off the quayside and floating them. The first-of-a-kind nature means supply chain complexity, too. ...
UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy image
....The government’s decision to quit an EU nuclear cooperation treaty, Euratom, was seen as overwhelmingly negative for new nuclear projects including Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Nearly four fifths of Energy Institute members thought it would also negatively impact the UK supply chain. ...
Move by UK supermarkets threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:02:13 PM
.... “Has not everyone gained?” the tea farmers asked. But the Nairobi meeting was significant because Sainsbury’s is just one of many large food and drink companies rethinking their supply chains, looking to cut costs and devising their own environmental and labour policies. ...
Queen's speech doesn't help British businesses frozen out of EU space contracts image
.... However, senior figures said the government’s ambition could be jeopardised by the impact of Brexit. Restrictions on the movement of scientists and engineers, more onerous bureaucracy in the supply chain and being frozen out of lucrative EU space contracts could all be highly damaging and some companies are already shifting work out of the UK as a result. ...
Carmakers call for interim Brexit deal or risk falling off 'cliff edge' image
.... “We must have the no-tariff, frictionless trade upon which the industry depends,” he said. Although Hawes did not expect any immediate closure of key plants, he said the risk was “death by a thousand cuts” as uncertainty led to diminishing investment and the dwindling of the supply chain in the UK. ...
Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market in $13.7bn deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 01:26:19 PM
....But Roberts said Amazon already operated partnerships with a number of regional supermarkets in the US as well as Morrisons in the UK and would not necessarily need to buy them out in order to expand. He said the deal was likely to be focused on acquiring access to Whole Foods’ brands, supply chain and distribution network to power the growth of its Amazon Fresh delivery service. ...
Cladding for Grenfell Tower was cheaper, more flammable option image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 12:15:05 PM
. Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed. ...
Gordon Ramsay's Brexit nightmare: chef hires team to halt rising costs image
....“This will have a number of potential implications including cost pressures due to the inflationary impact of sterling against the euro, recruitment and the general economic climate. “In part to mitigate the inflationary impact a procurement team has been recruited to manage the supply chain. ...
China's HNA: The biggest company you've never heard of image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 02:52:26 PM
.... . The company's strategy involves buying businesses all along the supply chain. ...
M&S offers cash grants to community businesses in ethical relaunch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 06:32:53 PM
....M&S’s initiatives include cutting carbon emissions and giving grants of up to £50,000 for community businesses, careers advice to young people, and 10,000 pairs of plimsolls to children starting school. Sir Jonathon Porritt, a former director of Friends of the Earth, who chairs the advisory board for M&S’s ethical scheme, known as Plan A, said: “On all the big challenges – supply chain, climate, food waste, living wage, human rights, packaging, community investment and so on – the pressure is intensifying and expectations rising. ...
Chateau Brexit? Average price of bottle of wine reaches record high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 10:15:00 AM
....”. The sector employs 172,000 people directly, in wine shops, production, bottling and trade, and supports a further 105,000 in the supply chain. ...
Climate clash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 09:37:48 AM
....Whether you're a tree-hugger, a climate change sceptic or somewhere in between, there is hard and soft data to underscore the financial toll environmental change takes on business and society. That's why companies like Kellogg and General Mills, which depend on the weather to grow grains to make cereals for example, are looking for ways to protect their supply chain. ...
UK car production fall blamed on late Easter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 07:27:24 AM
...."Overall, British car manufacturing remains in good health with the production outlook still very positive and significant new models due to go into UK production shortly. "To guarantee future growth and investment into our industry and its vital supply chain, however, we need the next government to safeguard the conditions that have made us globally competitive, keeping us open and trading and delivering an ambitious industrial strategy for our sector. ...
UK car production falls at fastest rate in more than two​-​and​-​a​-​half years image
.... The average UK-built car has about 6,000 parts, with the majority coming from the EU and passing in and out of the country several times during the production process. “To guarantee future growth and investment into our industry and its vital supply chain, however, we need the next government to safeguard the conditions that have made us globally competitive, keeping us open and trading and delivering an ambitious industrial strategy for our sector,” Hawes said. ...
Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’ image
.... They railed against the free movement of labour. What they didn’t mention is the way the British food supply chain has, over the past 30 years, become increasingly reliant on workers from elsewhere, both permanent residents and seasonal labour. ...
UK inflation rate at highest level since September 2013 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 08:32:29 AM
....". Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Businesses continue to report that the substantial increases in the cost of raw materials and other overheads over the past year are still filtering through the supply chain, and are therefore likely to lift consumer prices higher in the coming months. ...
Ikea’s solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant image
....Ikea has bought forest in Romania and the Baltics, wind farms in Poland and now it is investing in a plastic recycling plant in the Netherlands. For the Swedish furniture giant, extending control across its supply chain in this way could help it become more sustainable by avoiding environmentally damaging activities like illegal deforestation and plastic waste. ...
Britons throw away 1.4m edible bananas each day, figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 11:01:29 PM
.... Damaged fruit can also be whizzed up in smoothies, chopped into fruit salads and dried as banana chips. Supermarkets have been criticised for not doing more to reduce food waste within their supply chains. ...
'I thought I was invincible' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 11:09:35 PM
....But it is not only a problem outside of official channels. Fake drugs can also make their way into legitimate supply chains. ...
Alarm sounded over delays to develop UK mini nuclear reactors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 10:58:50 AM
....The peers urged ministers to publish their plans for small modular reactors (SMRs) without delay, and scolded the government for not showing any urgency to make a decision. The UK and US are vying to attract the companies and supply chains to research, develop and build small modular reactors. ...
Hummus 'crisis' sheds light on secret world of mass food production image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 08:00:25 AM
....”. But if there is one lesson from the shortlived hummus furore, it is to diversify your supply chain. ...
Fangs: the lightning rise of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 08:00:25 AM
....But the Fangs also have their own unique benefits. In a tech industry with a globalised supply chain fighting anti-globalisation movements, where businesses are finding it tough to provide big improvements on devices from laptops to smartphones, and where the next big thing keeps failing to take off they sell nothing but binary code sent over the net. ...
Coca Cola to cut 1,200 jobs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 06:29:31 PM
....The majority of the extra cost savings will come from corporate job reductions, incoming chief executive James Quincey said in a conference call. A spokesperson added that savings would also be made through the firm's supply chain, marketing, and changes to its operating model. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
....75bn – a prime target for manufacturers in this country, perhaps to maintain the future of the Bombardier factory in Derby or expand the scope of Hitachi’s assembly plant in County Durham. Grayling said this contract alone would create 300 jobs and “leave a legacy for this country, boosting skills, generating employment and strengthening the manufacturing supply chain”. ...
Protectionism is rising the world over. Our best defense is fighting inequality | Wally Adeyemo image
....All credible ideas should be on the table, including potential penalties for countries with persistently large current account surpluses, particularly those that intervene in the foreign exchange market. While global supply chains may reduce the impact exchange rates have on trade, it is still critical we find new ways to address the unfair advantage some derive from manipulating their currency. ...
Jobs threatened at Diageo bottling plants in Glasgow and Fife image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:16:52 PM
....Unite said it was a "shocking betrayal of Scottish workers" and the GMB said it was connected to the economic uncertainties arising from Brexit. But Diageo said it followed a review of its spirits bottling business to ensure the company delivered "leading performance" in domestic and export supply chains. ...
Food and fuel inflation 'hitting UK supply chain' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 11:00:38 AM
. Rising food and fuel prices are putting pressure on firms operating in the UK supply chain, an insolvency firm says. ...
Toshiba's US nuclear problems could provide cautionary tale for UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
....”. The absence of a mass production supply chain, due to the small number of the Westinghouse-designed reactors being built, played a part too, he added. ...
Scottish islands hold out for government U-turn on windfarm subsidies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:52:18 PM
.... In a letter to Clark earlier this year, they claimed the islands had some of the best conditions in the world due to their high wind speeds. “The resources on the islands are underused and this is our opportunity to tap into them and bring jobs, low-carbon energy and a sustainable supply chain to remote parts of the UK,” they said. ...
Trump's trade barriers would be self-inflicted wound, says IMF chief image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 10:15:57 AM
.... This meant working together to ensure that countries observed a level playing field, including by avoiding protectionist measures. “Restricting trade would be a self-inflicted wound that disrupts supply chains, hurts global output, and inflates the prices of production materials and consumer goods. ...
Japanese snack giant Calbee hit by potato shortage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 05:58:07 AM
. Japanese potato crisp-maker Calbee and its main rival Koike-Ya are facing a major crunch in their supply chain. ...
Trump is reckless – but he knows he can't afford to antagonise China | Barry Eichengreen image
....But the best explanation is surely that the US depends too heavily on China, economically and politically, for even a president as diplomatically reckless as Trump to spark a conflict. Economically, the US and China are too closely interlinked through global supply chains to be able to cut ties. ...
UK inflation rate remains at 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 08:32:36 AM
...."Today's producer prices release suggests that the impact of the weaker pound on manufacturers' input costs may have peaked," said Martin Beck, senior economic adviser to the EY Item Club. "However, there is still some way to go until these pressures have fully passed along the supply chain to consumers, so the headline measures of inflation are likely to climb further over the coming months. ...
Scottish economic output falls by 0.2% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 12:20:57 PM
....He added: "While the downturn in the oil and gas sector remains part of the explanation, it is difficult to ignore the substantial declines in construction over the past year (-6%) or in manufacturing (-7. 3%) - with all areas of manufacturing, not just those tied to the North Sea supply chain, shrinking during 2016. ...
Asos chief says warehouse conditions are 'great' despite complaints image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 05:13:48 PM
....Unveiling a better than expected 38% surge in sales, Beighton said Asos’s twentysomething shoppers cared about the way their clothes were produced and ethically sourcing its products was “not optional” but a “business imperative”. He said the company had published a list of all its suppliers and put more resources into monitoring the factories it uses around the world in terms of working conditions, health and safety and minimum wage “throughout the supply chain”. ...
First concrete poured at Hinkley C nuclear power plant image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 11:14:53 PM
.... . "It is the outcome of many years of preparation and hard work from all our teams and supply chain across the UK and France. ...
Brexit Britain image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 11:04:40 PM
.... . Perhaps the worst-hit sectors would be food exporters and those whose supply chain is spread out across Europe. ...
What businesses want from the talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 11:01:52 PM
UK manufacturers tell May no EU deal is 'simply unacceptable' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 05:01:00 AM
....7 million people as well as accounting for 45% of exports. The EU is UK manufacturing’s biggest trading partner and businesses have complex supply chains that span the continent. ...
Half-in, half-out of customs union would be worst Brexit option, says thinktank image
....In addition it argued that the UK already runs one of the most efficient customs bureaucracies in the world and adding electronic customs declaration and greater investment in new customs technology will minimise delays at borders. It denied UK companies with complex supply chains will find it difficult to trade without a customs union. ...
No EU trade deal is better than a bad deal? Don’t bet on it, Theresa May | Jonathan Portes image
.... Tariffs of 10% on cars would be bad enough. But much worse than that would be the disruption to integrated pan-European supply chains. ...
Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error | Paul Collier and Alexander Betts image
.... While in Amman, Cameron had met King Abdullah, who suggested the idea to him. In January 2016 at Davos, the forum for global business, Queen Rania of Jordan acclimatised CEOs to the idea that corporate social responsibility to refugees did not mean diverting some profits into sending blankets; rather, it meant putting their core skills to use by integrating them into global supply chains. ...
How many countries? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:18 AM
....This is what helps the firm achieve its famously fast reaction times to new trends. Most of its rivals' supply chains are far less local. ...
Fake data threat image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 12:11:20 AM
.... . Or "poisoning" supply chain data so that the wrong stuff goes to the wrong stores, not to mention the potential dangers to energy supplies if production forecasts are tampered with. ...
Low UK interest rates 'hurt productivity but saved jobs' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 08:03:10 PM
....One solution could be a sort of mentoring scheme between what he called "frontier" firms and "non-frontier" ones so that they could share best practice, he suggested. "What would be in it for frontier companies? A more productive supply chain is clearly in their interests. ...
Hard Brexit 'could increase cost of making a car in UK by £2,400' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 06:34:46 PM
.... It says that manufacturers with substantial operations in the UK and with good market exposure in Britain – such as Jaguar Land Rover – are likely to encourage suppliers to open new sites or expand in the UK. “This would involve increased investment in UK parts procurement, production and supply chains to offset increased import costs, aiming to reduce the impact of tariffs imposed on component parts moving between the UK and EU,” the report said. ...
Brexit Britain is suddenly debating trade – but it's the wrong talking point | Larry Elliott image
....In what might come as a surprise to the UK’s new army of trade experts, Lamy said the creation of a free trade deal would be simple. It was a “no brainer” that there would be zero tariffs so that integrated supply chains did not suffer. ...
Vote of confidence image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:17:03 AM
....Those assurances came in a letter to the firm from the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, which has never been published. Mr Clark has said that the letter contained a number of commitments around making funds available for skills or training, supporting research and development (R&D), bringing more of the supply chain back to the UK and keeping the British car industry competitive. ...
Sainsbury's warns over 'uncertain' impact of pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:22:39 AM
.... He said that while some of the cost rises caused by the weak pound had been passed on to customers, the group was working hard with suppliers to keep prices down. “There are cost price pressures in the supply chain but we have done a good job of mitigating them . ...
Ikea drivers living in trucks for months image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:00:20 AM
....It is clear this way of treating drivers is widespread. It is not just within the Ikea supply chain, but also in those of several other big, household names. ...
We will all need a stiff drink to swallow Hammond’s austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:00:17 AM
.... The Treasury was developing an industrial strategy under the premiership of James Callaghan and chancellor Denis Healey in 1976-79, but this was abandoned by the Thatcher governments from 1979 and contemptuously dismissed as a failed policy of trying to “pick winners”. We now find that multinationals such as the French PSA Group taking over General Motors’ subsidiaries in Europe want assurances from HMG that, with Britain out of the single market, they can rely on a supply chain within the UK, supported by an accommodating industrial policy and decent infrastructure. ...
Chocolate price hike if Brexit deal fails, warns Mars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:52:27 PM
....Fiona Dawson, global president for Mars, said the absence of a deal with EU member states would see tariffs of up to 30% for the industry. Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, she warned this would "threaten [the] supply chain and the jobs that come with it. ...
Budget: UK Plc gives its verdict image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:07:53 PM
...."UK automotive plays a critical role in the country's economy but future success will depend upon maintaining competitiveness. "It's disappointing, therefore, that the chancellor hasn't prioritised additional funding for supply chain development, nor addressed the flaw in business rates that disincentivises investment in plants and machinery. ...
Sainsbury's drops bid to halve household food waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:01:00 AM
....But at the end of a one-year £1m trial in the market town of Swadlincote, Derbyshire – the first in the UK to engage consumers and find new ways to reduce their waste – it has been abandoned as it is unlikely to be met. The goal is in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development target of halving per capita global food waste at retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030. ...
Sainsbury's drops bid to halve household food waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:01:00 AM
....But at the end of a one-year £1m trial in the market town of Swadlincote, Derbyshire – the first in the UK to engage consumers and find new ways to reduce their waste – it has been abandoned as it is unlikely to be met. The goal is in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development target of halving per capita global food waste at retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030. ...
Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world – one puffer jacket at a time image
....) It has tried to replace as many of its synthetic materials as possible with recycled ones, although finding recycled zippers and buttons has been a struggle. Socially, it is committed to fair trade in its supply chain, in the mills and sewing factories it works with. ...
Theresa May must give Vauxhall assurances over Brexit, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 08:03:56 PM
.... “If so, would it not make sense for the government to set out its strategy for this sector as a whole rather than enlightening businesses one crisis at a time?”. Angela Eagle, the former shadow business secretary, whose Wallasey constituents include workers for Vauxhall and its supply chain, said she was concerned about the extra cost imposed on carmakers when the UK left the single market and customs union after 2019. ...
Vauxhall's Luton and Ellesmere Port factories will face battle after 2021 image
.... The majority of the parts come from Europe, including the engine from Hungary and the gearboxes from Austria and Germany, as well as Korea. The chairman of PSA, Carlos Tavares, has claimed a hard Brexit could offer an opportunity to build the supply chain in Britain. ...
In the Vauxhall towns, workers view PSA takeover with unease image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 06:59:58 PM
....”. Almost 1,500 people are directly employed at the factory, with 740 more in the head office and thousands more in the supply chain. ...
Car deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:49:19 PM
.... Of these, 4,500 are at Vauxhall's plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton in the UK and the rest spread across Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Spain and Italy. On top of that, Matthias Holweg, scientific adviser to the Automotive Council, says that every car plant job supports about seven and a half jobs in the wider supply chain. ...
Peugeot-Citroën chief vows to save jobs in Vauxhall/Opel takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:35:46 PM
.... Tavares will then fly to Switzerland for the Geneva motor show. Vauxhall employs about 4,600 people at Ellesmere Port and Luton, with a further 20,000 working in the carmaker’s showrooms; they also support a further 18,000 supply chain jobs. ...
Business wish list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:37:19 AM
....For the UK's car industry it is vital that the chancellor does nothing to harm the sector's competitiveness, which is "very internationally exposed," says Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. He wants a reform of the business rates system to encourage investment in plant and machinery and additional funding for supply chain companies to boost skills levels and productivity. ...
A Mini part's incredible journey shows how Brexit will hit the UK car industry image
....Bosses in the automotive industry are not just concerned about the impact of tariffs on vehicles made in the UK that are sold abroad, but on the parts used to make them, and whether they will still be able to move parts across the Channel quickly and affordably. The modern automotive industry supply chain means that some car parts go back and forth across the Channel far more times than a Mini crankshaft before reaching the final assembly line. ...
Brexit without trade deal would open Pandora's box, says CBI chief image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 06:25:49 PM
.... Economists for Free Trade have shown the right policies under WTO rules would make the UK better off. The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission has set out, amongst other things, how to deliver an efficient supply chain under WTO rules. ...
Boots, Walkers crisps and Greggs cost cutting puts 1,400 UK jobs at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 04:15:37 PM
....The company would not confirm the overall number of jobs at risk within its manufacturing operations but said it would be creating about a1,000 jobs annually as it planned to open about 100 more stores each year. “In March 2016 we announced a £100m investment programme in our supply chain over a five-year period which will reshape the business and enable us to grow to substantially more than 2,000 shops,” a spokesperson said. ...

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