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Official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show UK manufacturing is expanding and at its fastest rate since 2008 after recording a seventh consecutive month of growth in November. With order books looking healthier than ever, ensuring your workspace can keep up with the pace is essential.
In a recent article published by the BBC, it was reported that during November, total production in the manufacturing industry was estimated to have risen by 0.4% compared with the previous months. Speaking about the sector’s continued success, Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at manufacturers’ organisation EEF, said: “UK Manufacturers were, in the main, in good shape as 2017 came to a close, with the majority of sub-sectors enjoying growth. Manufacturers’ expectations for the year ahead point to output and export growth being maintained through this year on the back of continuing support from a burgeoning global economy. This together with an ongoing commitment from government to deliver on its industrial strategy, will be crucial in helping to propel the sector forward.”
One area making a strong revival is the UK fashion textile manufacturers. A survey was undertaken by the BBC and the trade body, Make it British, revealed some interesting findings after it surveyed 90 businesses in the industry. Almost 50% said they had increased turnover in the last year, while 30% are exporting a higher volume of Made in Britain Goods.
In an interview with the BBC, Debbie Catterall, from John Spencer’s, a sixth-generation family weaving business, based in Burnley, said: “Our order book is really healthy. The number of developments that we’re doing has huge potential, so the next six months’ forecast is looking great. So much so that we’re having to put on extra shifts and recruit additional staff to fulfil that need.”
Gary Trudgett, Head of Marketing at Spaceway said: “It’s fantastic to see such strong and continuing growth within the manufacturing sector. As a result, we are receiving more enquiries from businesses who are looking to expand their workspaces in order to stay ahead of the game and become more operationally efficient.”
Spaceway is confident it can advise any company to make better use of, or improve their existing workspace to ensure it achieves maximum operational efficiency. Whether that’s by designing a racking and shelving system to streamline processes or installing a mezzanine to create much needed additional space, without the heavy costs associated with moving premises to achieve the same square footage.
Dominic O’Brien, Director at Spaceway concluded: “It’s all about careful, considerate and innovative designs which can ensure every cubic inch of space is maximised and taken full advantage of. We pride ourselves on our ability to help organisations become more efficient through the clever use of space and are delighted the manufacturing industry is in a such a buoyant position.”
If you’re looking to expand your workspace then talk to us today to see how we can “double your workspace” call our friendly team on 0800 085 1022
The project was challenging to say the least with the removal of 280 workstations and fitting of 400 new ones, along with collaboration areas and 400 bespoke lockers over two weekends, but Spaceway managed to complete this along with office refurbishment works on time and to an excellent standard.
Thank you to Spaceway for the improvements that have been made to move Bodywise forward. You've done a very good job and we look forward to working with you again.
Plastimo UK Limited
We are delighted with the finished product. The space has been turned into an exceptional working environment, which will serve us well for years to come
Another project well done by Spaceway. As before, we're very pleased with everything from concept through to completion.
We're very impressed with the Spaceway team and the whole project was installed without fault. We are looking forward to working with the team again.
Spaceway worked with us to create the perfect environment for our staff. The completed project was fantastic and utilised the space to provide practical, modern and attractive working surroundings.
The project was designed to meet our specific requirements which included fitting in 20 more additional workstations using the existing space. The design works well and has met our expectations fully, we will continue to use Spaceway, they do a good job.
The office fit out is superbly finished to the highest standards and beyond our expectations.
It’s no good having just an empty industrial building you need a concept for space, a design, an infrastructure and someone to build it. Designing something like this from scratch with someone who’s willing to invest in your ideas, Spaceway is your perfect partner.
Our project was finished on time and to budget in what was a very short timescale, which is a credit to the team at Spaceway!
MD, ALPMA UK
"I’m very pleased how they’ve gone through it all and actioned it and they’ve got good depth of resource, good depth of people, and good skilled people who work well and tightly and good communication. So I’m delighted."
We were delighted with the service from Spaceway.
“I was so happy I did not get bothered throughout the extensive works and that a strict timetable was completed flawlessly. Fantastic experience all round.”