The Qimtek Blog

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

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 2, 2017

    Karl Wigart - Owner Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    The results for April, May and June are somewhat erratic; however, they show an upwards trajectory for all three categories.

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    Top Ten Things To Do Whilst Exhibiting

    Dean Munkley - Sales & Marketing Manager Friday, June 30, 2017

    Exhibiting is an extremely effective way of generating new business, although the initial cost outlay can be offputting to some companies. Therefore, it’s important to make the most of your time at an exhibition in order to reap the benefits.

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    Subcon 2017 & Qimtek

    Sarah Venning Friday, June 23, 2017

    This year’s Subcon show was always destined to be a jewel in the crown for its organisers, due to co-location with both the Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show. The allure of three simultaneous events generated a large amount of interest within the industry, resulting in footfall projections higher than those of its predecessors.

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    Finding Your Niche as a Subcontract Engineering Business

    Sarah Venning Thursday, June 15, 2017

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    They say that nothing in life is free but here at Qimtek, this is simply not true! Free listings are available to engineering suppliers both on and off of the membership, providing either an exclusive shopfront or an extension of your existing website. Either way, your free listing can be a powerful tool and it’s important to ensure that it’s continually updated.

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    Introducing Qimtek Engineering Reviews

    Karl Wigart - Owner Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Review sites have become an integral tool for businesses in any sector. With more and more consumers turning to the internet in order to gain insight into a company’s reputation, the resulting exchange of information has boosted the value of good customer service and the ability to deliver on promises.

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    How Can Funding Be Used To Grow An Engineering Business?

    Karl Creamer - Area Sales Manager Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Manufacturing Area Sales Manager, Karl Creamer, provides his views on emerging trends in the engineering industry, along with the different types of finance available to businesses in this sector.

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    Rapport building should be a priority of any business looking to expand. Why? Because the adage that people buy from people is entirely true and by building rapport, you ensure that you’re at the forefront of your customer’s mind the next time they have an order to place.

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    Often when companies set out to maximise the amount of new business they’re doing, they overlook one of the best places to start – their existing customer base. The term ‘new business’ is largely misunderstood, with many thinking that this refers exclusively to finding new customers that you’ve never dealt with; however, this is not always the case. New business can also mean a new order from an existing customer, which you’ve never previously received.

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 1, 2017

    Karl Wigart - Owner Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) has been developed to reflect the total purchasing budget of companies that are looking to outsource manufacturing in any given month. This reflects a sample of over 4,000 companies, who have a purchasing budget of more than £3bn and a supplier base sample of over 7,000 vendors, with a verified turnover in excess of £25bn.