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Changing face of manufacturing

The changing face of manufacturing.

Paul Lewis compares Nick Hedges evocative images of factory life with manufacturing today.
Brown Betty teapot

Something’s brewing in the Potteries.

A look at the seemingly ubiquitous Brown Betty teapot.
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.
Best Factory Tours

Our ten best factory tours.

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

King Cone.

We chart Oday Abbosh's journey from jet-setting management consultant to kitchen towel innovator.
Apprenticeships in the furniture industry


Ensuring survival of your industry by funding your own apprentices.

A hole in one.

An East African inventor makes a break-through saw that makes square holes.
Prefab CGI

Polish prefab makeover.

If prefab housing has a bad image in the UK, pity the poor Poles.
Ruth Smeeth

Ruth Smeeth.

The Potteries’ MP is out to protect British-made ceramics from ‘bogus backstamping’.
Mark Farmer

The Construction Industry must innovate.

Mark Farmer believes it’s high time we manufactured a different future for home-building.
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?

Delivering the Future?

Has a husband-and-wife team solved last-mile deliveries?
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.
Plastic Packaging

Excessive packaging has given itself a bad name.

How can businesses grab this opportunity and deliver a packaging sea-change?
Rocco Barker

Face Furniture Fanatic.

How does someone go from being a rock musician to making hand-crafted eyewear?
Mark Dawe


How could the Government’s new apprenticeship levy be better?
Map Design

Magicking Ideas into Manufactured Goods.

A London design firm has perfected the art of bringing start-ups’ concepts to market.
China crafts

From mountainside to mass production.

Upscaling China’s age-old crafts for a wider audience.
Charlie Bigham

Charlie Bigham.

Keeping his cottage-industry ethos when his cottage pie business is booming.
Brompton Factory Floor


After years of development the city commuter’s friend is going electric.

Many Unhappy Returns.

Ingenious advances in reverse logistics coming to the rescue of customer returns.
Innovation at Mars

Raising the Bar.

Meet Slough’s answer to Willy Wonka at work in the Mars test kitchen.
Factories of the Future

Tomorrow’s Factory Tour.

The fourth Industrial Revolution is digital.
G-tech's Nick Grey

Nick Grey’s Gtech.

The unstoppable ideas factory with global ambitions.
Dark kitchens illustration

Dark Kitchens

Why is restaurant food relocating from the high street to the industrial estate?
Blenheim Forge knives

Blenheim Forge.

How did three guys studying design and engineering end up forging cutting-edge knives?
A Maker Database

Building a Maker Database

Setting up an online database to encourage creatives and creators to get together.