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Slough Trading Estate
Slough Trading Estate

Furnace is powered by Slough Trading Estate. It reflects their passion for industry and the people that make it what it is. Not just the businesses and people on the estate but everyone in industry, in the UK and more widely.


Best Factory Tours

Our ten best factory tours.

Our pick of the UK’s best facilities opening their doors to the public.

Delivering the Future?

Has a husband-and-wife team solved last-mile deliveries?
Changing face of manufacturing

The changing face of manufacturing.

Paul Lewis compares Nick Hedges evocative images of factory life with manufacturing today.
Joseph Cheaney shoes

Joseph Cheaney steps up to the plate.

We discover that one 130-year-old British shoe manufacturer is investing in the future.
Oday Abbosh

King Cone.

We chart Oday Abbosh's journey from jet-setting management consultant to kitchen towel innovator.

A hole in one.

An East African inventor makes a break-through saw that makes square holes.
House-building illustration

House-builders go indoors.

A new manufacturing sector is evolving as house-building gradually moves away from open-air building sites and into factories.
Urban farming

Farming hits the town.

Will the next big manufacturing sector be urban food production?


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Factories as art

In the line of beauty.

Alastair Philip Wiper, the Copenhagen-based photographer, loves, lives and breathes manufacturing.
Kerrine Bryan books

Taking a sledgehammer to engineering stereotypes.

Award-winning chartered electrical engineer Kerrine Bryan challenges perception.
OXO Tower by Lukas Novotny

Making An Impact: London’s Factory Buildings.

What makes a great cityscape? Glorious factories, according to Lukas Novotny.
London Industry Needs You

London Industry Needs You.

Mark Brearley makes the argument for keeping factories in the city.
Stu Wilkinson

Can-do attitude.

Stu Wilkinson is that rare breed: a fourth-generation London industrialist.

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Industrial.

A focus on the capital's industrial land.

Liquid Gold.

The vaping industry may be in its infancy, but it’s already punching above its weight.
Razan Alsous

Dairy Queen.

Razan Alsous talks about her journey from Damascus to ‘Yorkshire Squeaky’.
Mark Fryer of Ocado

Meet the engineer behind Ocado.

Mark Fryer’s systems have helped make Ocado the world’s biggest online supermarket.
Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman designed her first table for her own garden.

Now her furniture sits in the offices of Nokia, Google and Amazon.
Data Centres

Where would we be without Data Centres?

As modern life gets more digital, data centres are mushrooming across the globe.
Whitby Morrison ice-cream van

Bespoke, Made-to-order, Handcrafted.

Terms that now apply to that classic Summer’s day stalwart: the Ice Cream Van.