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Midlands Manufacturers Still Seeing Growth Despite Loss of PMI Momentum

Despite UK productivity appearing to be lagging behind most of the G7 countries last quarter and capital investment in the manufacturing sector slumping 24% below pre-crisis trends, Midlands manufacturing is still seeing trend bucking growth. 5

The Made in the Midlands industry forum met at Minster Micro in Kidderminster this month to check on the health of the sector in the Midlands with some of its members. “We’re still seeing our customers experiencing almost unprecedented growth as they continue to win orders they can’t turn down” commented Susan Marlow, Financial Director at Minster. “We hosted the forum to gain insight into the story behind the success of the ‘Midlands engine’ to get a steer on how firms in the region are strategising.”

For some, it seems breaking away from short term parts sales into more of a service mindset which seems to have been one such strategy for Intec Laser. Head of Sales & Marketing David Wheatley said; “More and more customers are looking for a complete solution, not just part of a process – our response is to handle the whole network supply chain on behalf of the customer and as a result our group have just had the best three months in our history”. The story is similar for Cannock based Aluminium Ingot Manufacturers Norton Aluminium; “We’re seeing production tonnage up by 30% this year, our USP remains the high quality of material that we’re able to produce, as a smaller proportion of our market requires such high quality material we are looking at a huge diversification strategy to capitalise” commented Norton Aluminium Managing Director Andrew Fogarty.

The past 24 months for one participant has been particularly ground breaking as Rugby based Assembled Electronics Solutions has managed to double its turnover through product innovation culminating in the launch of a new division launched this year. “Electronics go into everything and we feel we could collaborate with most firms in this forum – our company growth is very exciting – a lot of the opportunities lie around ‘the internet of things’ in industry. We realised an electronics company shouldn’t be selling into other electronics companies, but finding problems in other sectors with an electronics based solution – we’re particularly interested in creating mandated technology where customers would simply have to buy AES” said Managing Director Nigel Maris.

Minster’s MD Nick Marlow

Technology has certainly been a game changer for solving customer problems and the power of communication through the internet was echoed by sentiments of Minster’s Managing Director Nick Marlow; “We had an instance last week where we telephoned a customer to inform him his factory computer system was about to fail and we had a team with him on site before anything went wrong. He was really impressed as this meant that he didn’t lose any down-time and therefore there was no financial impact on his business”.

The Made in the Midlands forum rotates around member premises and positions company owners and managers into an environment where they can share market intel and best practice. “Research from Birmingham City University this year showed that manufacturing and engineering is behind half of the region’s economic output, so it is no surprise to see our firms yet again riding above the national trends and softening we’ve seen in 2015 reflected in the latest PMI data” commented Made in the Midlands Chief Operating Officer, Charles Addison.”

Minster Are Officially A UK Top Pegasus Reseller

Top 4 ResellerAs of last month, we have been officially crowned a top four Pegasus reseller in the whole of the UK.

We pride ourselves in the customer service we deliver and aim to achieve the highest level of software support for our customers, so it’s no surprise that so many businesses either take out a Pegasus contract with us or move their existing account over to Minster.

If you don’t have Pegasus with us yet, contact us and find out more reasons why so many businesses choose us.

Events

Minster – Pegasus & GDPR Event

GDPR is right around the corner and, as part of our on-going support, we want to help our customers to be as compliant as possible by the GDPR deadline date 25th May 2018

On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Minster have put together a GDPR seminar with Pegasus.

It will include legislative updates and important information about how you can get the most out of your Pegasus system to prepare for the big changes that will affect your business. 

Places to the event are very limited so, if you wish to attend, register your place here.

Rock & (Hot Pork) Roll Charity Night

Minster have organised a charity night to help raise as much money as possible for the SMS (Smith-Magenis Syndrome) UK charity.

 9 year old Sam Hunt is the son of Nick, one of Minster’s senior engineers. He has a rare genetic disorder called Smith-Magenis Syndrome. This causes intellectual, sleep and behavioural problems. As the condition is so rare, affecting 1 in 25,000 children, the charity often gets overlooked by mainstream fundraising so we can keen to help where we can. More information about the charity and the syndrome can be found at http://www.smith-magenis.co.uk/.

There will be entertainment from local band ‘The Spaffers’, hot pork & stuffing rolls as well as a raffle with some fantastic prizes generously donated by local companies. Tickets for the event are £10 each.

For tickets please call 01562 68211 or email maria.bull@minstermicro.co.uk.