Champ Chat

25 July 2016

Plastic: the traditional material

Introducing its 'black graduated handmade sunglasses' the retailer says – and I quote: “My sunglasses are completely hand made to create a perfect fit and luxury finish, crafted in rich heritage natural cellulose plastics.”  Read more

30 June 2016

Something to consider about the EU

What about when – as will surely happen – new legislation is put forward by Brussels that impacts the contents of products made by UK-based firms for export to the EU?  Read more

29 January 2016

Bagging a great story

PRW's piece on the Card Factory's ingenious way round the 5p plastics carrier bag charge certainly got what one used to refer to as 'Fleet Street' all in a tizzy.  Read more

2 December 2015

Electric cars: the hard sell

Set against a UK total new cars registered figure of 2.27 million in the first 10 months of this year the number of electric or hybrid cars being registered is small fry – 2.7%.  Read more

24 November 2015

Who's who in the ONS' R&D Top 10?

It should perhaps come as little surprise that with the scale of profits to be made in the industry the pharmaceutical sector has consistently occupied the top spot for the past seven years, with expenditure on R&D last year coming in at a whopping £3.9bn.    Read more

20 November 2015

To tweet or not to tweet

Twitter is now a useful tool for a wide range of news organisations, while businesses have recognised they can get out a message about their activities that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.  Read more

12 November 2015

Do you want a skilled workforce or don't you?

Industry types are forever calling for a government and business-led strategy that will produce a skilled workforce which will help take UK companies forward into new markets, or simply enable them to compete effectively with overseas competitors  Read more

9 November 2015

How can UK exports be improved?

The EY Item Club suggests that the trend towards exporting the ‘Bric’ economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – in recent years needs to change and companies need to have a more balanced portfolio "that combines high growth and high value markets".  Read more

2 November 2015

The Chancellor's policy tightrope

With a spate of surveys painting an increasingly gloomy picture of the UK economy, domestic manufacturers are looking to George Osborne to put in place the right policies for growth. Will he deliver?  Read more

19 October 2015

Are apprenticeships just cheap labour for employers?

Some companies, such as Jaguar Land Rover, operate schemes that are highly credible and offer young people a first and stable step on a career ladder, but Ofsted has concerns regarding the accreditation of  "low-level apprenticeships" such as coffee making.  Read more

13 October 2015

So, have you bought a carrier bag yet?

One lunchtime last week I popped out – bagless, mind – to a book shop which happens to be part of a large chain and tottered back to the office, several books – plus lunch from a sandwich bar – balancing precariously in my hands  Read more

5 October 2015

Plastic bags: a taxing issue

There is clear evidence to suggest that taxing plastic carrier bags cuts the number of bags in circulation. But what if the government decides to extend levies to other plastic packaging products?   Read more