The Qimtek Blog

We are a dedicated team of experts watching, thinking and talking about the UK manufacturing industry.

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    The skills gap is one of the most prevalent pandemics threatening the survival of the UK manufacturing industry. With the UK now ranking as the ninth-largest manufacturing nation in the world, it’s essential that we encourage the younger generations to consider STEM-based careers. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week does just that, by changing young people’s perceptions of engineering and inspiring those who will inherit the industry.

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    Advanced Engineering 2018 Review

    Sarah Venning Friday, November 2, 2018

    As one of the most comprehensive events dedicated to the engineering and manufacturing sectors, Advanced Engineering has a lot to offer both exhibitors and visitors alike.

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    Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Qimtek’s Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) has reported an 18.6% rise since the referendum vote in June 2016. But does this growth dictate reports of heightened fear of Brexit’s impact on the UK manufacturing sector - or does it, in fact, support it?

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    Ada Lovelace and Other Famous Women in STEM History

    Sarah Venning Friday, October 12, 2018

    The second Tuesday of every October is Ada Lovelace Day, where the world celebrates the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

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    The Number of Quotes It REALLY Takes to Win a New Customer

    Sarah Venning Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    We all know new business can be tough, but is much of the discouragement we experience down to underestimating the length of the sales cycle?

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    TCT Show Birmingham 2018 Review

    Sarah Venning Friday, October 5, 2018

    As the UK’s largest event dedicated to additive manufacturing and 3D printing, the TCT Show has an unrivalled reputation within the industry. So how did the TCT Show 2018 stack up?

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 3, 2018

    Karl Wigart - Owner Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Following a similar trajectory to the Markit CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index, quarter 3 shows a busy July, followed by an incredibly slow August. But will September’s attempt at a recovery be enough to drive positive growth for the manufacturing industry?

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    Whether you’re starting a fabrication business, or perhaps looking for mechanical engineering startup ideas, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Luckily, there’s a range of resources available if you’re looking to take the plunge and become your own boss.

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    Let's Talk About Price: How to Add Value to Your Quote

    Sandii Smith - Membership Services Manager Friday, August 24, 2018

    We are living in an era that offers the buyers of today a plethora of options. Subcontract services are available in abundance, meaning that purchasers are in some ways spoilt for choice. So what can suppliers do to stay in the game? And is it all about price?

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    Cash is King: A Guide to Effective Cash Collection

    Lucy Tilley Friday, August 10, 2018

    Cash is ultimately the lifeline of any small business - in fact, 82% of small businesses that fail do so due to poor cash management. So what steps can be taken to ensure you are not one of these fatalities?