https://talismanexecutive.com/feed.rss en Former Ford chief to head automotive industry investment drive https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/former-ford-chief-head-automotive-industry-investment-drive <p>Over the last two years, there has been significant investment from global automotive manufacturers in the UK. To build on this success, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced last month that he is setting up the Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) which will be led by Joe Greenwell, the former Chairman of Ford.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/former-ford-chief-head-automotive-industry-investment-drive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturing News in Brief Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:48:00 +0000 admin 166 at https://talismanexecutive.com Airbus and Boeing compete fiercely for plane orders, resulting in new UK jobs https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/airbus-and-boeing-compete-fiercely-plane-orders-resulting-new-uk-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="2269" height="1513" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Airbus%20A350.jpg?1372679165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Airbus next-generation A350 plane took centre stage at the Paris Air Show with its maiden voyage, winning multi-billion-dollar deals ahead of a much-anticipated fly-over, stealing the limelight before the start of the air show, a key event where Airbus and Boeing compete fiercely for plane orders.</p> <p>The Airbus A350 is designed to be more fuel-efficient, and a direct competitor to US rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. It is seen as vital to the future of Airbus, which competes with Boeing to supply the majority of the world's airlines with new planes.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/airbus-and-boeing-compete-fiercely-plane-orders-resulting-new-uk-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Focus On Manufacturing Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:44:27 +0000 admin 165 at https://talismanexecutive.com UK manufacturing growth at two-year high, according to survey https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/uk-manufacturing-growth-two-year-high-according-survey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="1000" height="750" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/shutterstock_5555461.jpg?1372678635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Britain’s manufacturing malaise might finally be coming to an end after the strongest growth for more than a year in May and June, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing &amp; Supply has said.</p> <p>The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.3 in May from 50.2 in the previous month, and rose to 52.5 last month (June) - its highest level since May 2011. A figure above 50 indicates expansion.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/uk-manufacturing-growth-two-year-high-according-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Insight Manufacturing Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:37:28 +0000 admin 164 at https://talismanexecutive.com Skills shortage remains a hindrance to growth https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/skills-shortage-remains-hindrance-growth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="199" height="299" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Remote%20laser%20welding%20at%20WMG.jpg?1372678509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The CBI’s annual Education and Skills survey shows that well reported skills problems remain a barrier to growth in the UK.</p> <p>Published last month, the findings suggest that skills shortages are not being addressed and that employer confidence is still undermined by concerns over their ability to recruit and retain the skilled individuals they need.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/skills-shortage-remains-hindrance-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Career Coach Manufacturing Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:35:39 +0000 admin 163 at https://talismanexecutive.com Infrastructure Spending – Will it be enough? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/infrastructure-spending-%E2%80%93-will-it-be-enough <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="500" height="333" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Pounds_0.jpg?1365419671" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Without doubt, infrastructure spending is going on. The major customers continue to spend billions of pounds, but what is different is the way in which they're spending that money.</p> <p>They're now looking for engineering companies to provide a much broader service, not just construction but also design, procurement, operations and maintenance.</p> <p>This news is good for civil engineers and infrastructure professionals. The scale of opportunity across the numerous sectors that make up the UK’s complex infrastructure network is vast.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/infrastructure-spending-%E2%80%93-will-it-be-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Focus On Infrastructure Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:15:06 +0000 admin 161 at https://talismanexecutive.com Positive Signs in Rail https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/positive-signs-rail <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="2560" height="1920" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/shutterstock_14209075.jpg?1365419404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With a year remaining of Network Rail’s current budgetary period, the eyes of the industry are starting to focus on what will happen in the next control period, CP5, due to start in 2014.</p> <p>Previously, the rail regulator set Network Rail’s budget for the five year period from 2009 to 2014 at £28.5bn - a reduction of over 21% on what the rail operator asked for - claiming there was considerable scope for efficiency savings within the industry.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/positive-signs-rail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Insight Infrastructure Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:12:05 +0000 admin 160 at https://talismanexecutive.com Will motorists be prepared to pay? Have we learnt from Water Privatising? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/will-motorists-be-prepared-pay-have-we-learnt-water-privatising <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="233" height="216" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/175px-UK-Motorway-M6_Toll.jpg?1365419127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ministers say looking at driving in continental Europe gives plenty of examples of what they have in mind for the network in England, in addition to the few cases of road tolls in the UK.</p> <p>If congestion on the UK network worsens in line with Department for Transport estimates, which suggest the cost to business rising by £10-12bn by 2025, motorists may be increasingly prepared to pay for improvements.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/will-motorists-be-prepared-pay-have-we-learnt-water-privatising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Discussion Infrastructure Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:05:37 +0000 admin 159 at https://talismanexecutive.com Managing Partner Steve Edwards discusses the current career opportunities available within the oil and gas sector, and also broaches the subject of LinkedIn - Friend or Foe? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/managing-partner-steve-edwards-discusses-current-career-opportunities-available-within-oi <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="1730" height="1417" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Talisman_00263Edit2_0.jpg?1364316937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Managing Partner Steve Edwards discusses the current career opportunities available within the oil and gas sector in this quarters Oilfield Technology Magazine (Volume 06 Issue 03 – March 2013):</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/managing-partner-steve-edwards-discusses-current-career-opportunities-available-within-oi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> General Industry Insight Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:44:00 +0000 admin 158 at https://talismanexecutive.com Steve Edwards - Further Innovation in Highway Contracts https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-further-innovation-highway-contracts <p>Following the success of the massive joint working that TfL, the London boroughs and all our contractors put in to support the London 2012 Games transport, in November we awarded four new area-based pan-London highways contracts. These new eight year contracts will help to deliver considerable efficiencies, encourage innovation and build on the valuable lessons learnt throughout 2012.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-further-innovation-highway-contracts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Talisman Talks Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:20:06 +0000 admin 162 at https://talismanexecutive.com Is Fracking the answer? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/fracking-answer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="1000" height="667" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Exploration%20Mining%20%26%20Subsea.jpg?1361458554" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fracking could help the UK solve many of its energy issues and is already far more regulated than the US.</p> <p>That’s according to an environmental consultancy, which believes the permitting and licensing proposals in the UK for fracking demand the highest standards for site safety and environmental management and comparing it with the US is “unjustified”. It also suggests due to the technological advancements in the field, the UK can use “state of the art” fracking techniques which offer “safer and more tightly controlled” processes.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/fracking-answer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Focus On Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:03:26 +0000 admin 156 at https://talismanexecutive.com Is this the end of nuclear power? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/end-nuclear-power <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="1000" height="667" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Powergen.jpg?1361458013" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>• The decision by Cumbria county council to reject the nuclear waste dump the government had planned.<br /> • The new report by a parliamentary committee.<br /> • The declaration of surrender by Centrica: the last British company with a stake in the technology in the country.</p> <p>Put the three of them together and they add weight to the claims of those who maintain that atomic energy is finished in the United Kingdom.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/end-nuclear-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Industry Insight Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:53:09 +0000 admin 155 at https://talismanexecutive.com Wages rise as 'war for talent' returns https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/wages-rise-war-talent-returns <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="500" height="333" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Pounds.jpg?1361457838" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Britain's workers saw the sharpest rise in salaries for over a year in January, signalling a return to the so-called “talent war” and suggesting the jobs market could be turning a corner.</p> <p>The number of vacancies increased to a 21-month high last month, which was behind the increase in wages, the analysis based on data from recruiters by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG showed.</p> <p>Recruiters also placed more people in permanent jobs in January – the fourth monthly increase – suggesting employers are regaining confidence in hiring following the double-dip recession.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/wages-rise-war-talent-returns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Career Coach Energy Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:44:34 +0000 admin 154 at https://talismanexecutive.com Steve Edwards - UK must prioritise energy efficiency and green energy https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-uk-must-prioritise-energy-efficiency-and-green-energy <p>The UK must prioritise growth in 'green industries', such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, David Cameron said last month.</p> <p>The remarks are likely to antagonise those Tory MPs who have campaigned for cuts to green energy subsidies and the watering down of climate targets.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-uk-must-prioritise-energy-efficiency-and-green-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Talisman Talks Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:11:00 +0000 admin 157 at https://talismanexecutive.com Bringing manufacturing back to the UK https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/bringing-manufacturing-back-uk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="200" height="187" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/Collaborative%20research%20at%20WMG.jpg?1349703574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A recent survey conducted by manufacturing body EFF has reported that 40% of manufacturing companies are changing the way they operate by bringing production back in house. This is to mitigate risks such as natural disasters and economic turmoil in foreign countries. According to recent press Manufacturing has taken a slump over the past 3 years so by using local suppliers this is expected to help the industry get back to a healthy position.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/bringing-manufacturing-back-uk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Focus On Manufacturing Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 admin 145 at https://talismanexecutive.com Andrew Hughes, Operations Director, Moog https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/andrew-hughes-operations-director-moog <p><strong>What’s your proudest career moment?</strong><br /> Occupying a leadership position provides many opportunities to influence and create a positive experience for people to achieve both organizational and personnel goals. It is such experiencesm of people and organisational development that has provided me with many proud moments. My recent transition into a broader General Management position provides me with a platform to achieve many proud moments to which I feel extremely privileged.</p> <p><strong>Who has been your most notable mentor?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/andrew-hughes-operations-director-moog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> You're Hired Manufacturing Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:30:56 +0000 admin 142 at https://talismanexecutive.com Why STEM is an integral part of boosting the UK’s economy. https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/why-stem-integral-part-boosting-uk%E2%80%99s-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="200" height="200" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/CD1210-stem-jobs-education.jpg?1349695280" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>STEM education is becoming a more valuable tool in recent years, this has been strengthened by the Governments decision to include it in the 2012 budget. According to the budget; measures are firmly in place to boost STEM teachings in schools by increasing the number of ambassadors from industry to promote STEM based occupations.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/why-stem-integral-part-boosting-uk%E2%80%99s-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Career Coach General Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:29:59 +0000 admin 143 at https://talismanexecutive.com Moog https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/moog <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="501" height="447" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/untitled.JPG?1351697186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moog is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products and systems. Operating in Europe, Asia, US, Middle East and UK Moog's high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, industrial machinery, wind energy, marine applications and medical equipment.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/moog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturing News in Brief Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:22:17 +0000 admin 149 at https://talismanexecutive.com Lucy Pickering - What does it take to be a world class manufacturing leader? https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/lucy-pickering-what-does-it-take-be-world-class-manufacturing-leader <p>We speak with clients every day who are just starting to get their heads around what they need to do (and who they will need to hire) to get their manufacturing operations in tip-top shape. For them the Lean journey is just beginning. However many manufacturers are well advanced on their Lean Manufacturing journey and have been applying “Lean” techniques across their production operations for many years now. Most of them have reduced their costs. Most of them have increased their productivity.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/lucy-pickering-what-does-it-take-be-world-class-manufacturing-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturing Talisman Talks Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:17:45 +0000 admin 144 at https://talismanexecutive.com Steve Edwards - Cutting through the red tape in aviation https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-cutting-through-red-tape-aviation <p>Whilst we all welcome a reduction in red tape, I can’t help thinking that the government’s ‘Aviation Red Tape Challenge which seeks to consider whether 90 regulations within the aviation sector should be removed is skirting around the major industry issue of UK aviation capacity.</p> <p>The focus on the Aviation sector is part of a wider Red Tape consultation process which will also cover Retail, Hospitality, Road Transportation, Manufacturing, Schools, Maritime and Rail, Energy, Construction, Water, Health, Leisure and Legal sectors.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/steve-edwards-cutting-through-red-tape-aviation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Talisman Talks Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:38:55 +0000 admin 138 at https://talismanexecutive.com SBA, part of the WYG Group https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/sba-part-wyg-group <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-newsimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_newsimage" width="200" height="188" title="News Image" alt="News Image" src="https://talismanexecutive.com/sites/talismanexecutive.com/files/WYG_RGB_GROUP.jpg?1344937234" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WYG, is an established global project management and technical consultancy who have helped shape the world’s landscapes, societies and economies for over 50 years. They employ around 1,500 people who work across a broad range of sectors spanning both the private and public sector including healthcare, education, defence, retail, transport, regeneration and energy.</p> <p><a href="https://talismanexecutive.com/news/story/sba-part-wyg-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News in Brief Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:52:27 +0000 admin 139 at https://talismanexecutive.com