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The Potato Industry Event BP2017

 

The Potato Industry Event

We’re delighted to be heading to the Potato Industry Event BP2017 in Yorkshire this November on the 22nd and 23rd. Every two years, the whole of the Potato Industry comes together for this incredible, networking and business opportunity to showcase and share there impact in this multi billion pound industry. Visitors from across the industry utilise this time wisely to explore new innovations, make and renew contracts, and ultimately do business. We’re looking forward to exploring the industry’s newest and most recent developments and aim at truly embracing the event and its experience.

 

We’re more than happy to be sharing a stand with both Herbert Engineering and AFE Europe. The venue, having just had a 12M+ redevelopment, has opened up to allow even more stands and new exhibitors. The 2 day event is sure to be crammed with knowledge and excitement. The Potato Industry Event is a great opportunity to really see how the industry is progressing and we look forward to seeing the work of suppliers, buyers and even competitors.

Event information:

9am to 5.30pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

9am to 4pm

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Where:

Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Herbert EngineeringAFE

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Renewable energy in the UK

The UK has made great improvements in becoming more green, however, there is much work to do.

According to the power group Drax, the most recent Christmas Day was the ‘greenest’ on record. 25th December 2016 energy review saw that 40% of the electricity generated came from renewable sources. Compared to the 25% of renewable energy source the year previous, the UK energy system is changing.

Green promises, but no government plans

Following the EU referendum, the government committed to cutting carbon emissions by 57% by 2030. As it stands, this is a very promising and exciting commitment for the renewable energy sector; however, little has been done to execute this. Beyond the 2020 incentive of building more offshore windfarms to support low-carbon energy, no other development has been made upon this commitment.

In an independent government analysis taken upon by Green Alliance, they discovered that renewable energy funding has been lost. More than £1 billion of future investment has been lost within the pipeline of major government infrastructure. Adding to this, much investment the government was to put into wind, solar, biomass power and other waste-to-energy projects will decline. This decrease will reach up to a loss of 95% between 2017 and 2020.

Green Alliance has alluded that renewables will be cheaper than fossil power stations by 2025, but only if the renewable energy sector is nurtured and supported. The loss of support therefore restricts renewables from being subsidy free.  Despite this, the United Kingdom is one of the top countries at battling climate change historically. Since 2010, the UK has invested £52 billion. 

China’s renewable energy promise

China’s investment into their renewable energy should act as a leading influence to the rest of the world. By 2020, they plan to invest £292 billion. This investment will create more than 13 million jobs within the sector and prove vitals in the world’s renewable energy sector. China has recently emerged as the leading global advocate for solar energy. By 2020, the Chinese government has plans to ensure 27% of the country’s total power output is to be supplied through renewable energy. Further, China wants to progress this figure to 80% by 2050.

Vogal’s support of renewable energy

Vogal Project Management is keen for the renewable energy sector to progress further in the future. The UK is faring very well for renewable electricity with progress also in the transport industry, however, the energy sector struggles with the significant heating problem. We are strong advocates of renewable energy. We are a green company and one of our key identified markets is renewable energy.  We support all future ventures to progress renewable energy.

 

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5 ways to boost manufacturing efficiency

The manufacturing sector has had a promising start to 2017 and efficiency has never been more critical.  We’ve outlined the top 5 ways to help boost your manufacturing efficiency and to enable your business to thrive.

Cost-effectiveness of sustainability

Businesses need to adopt a long-term sustainability strategy if they are aiming to become a more sustainable and greener manufacturer. Ensure that you are collecting data on your operations and continually monitor your energy consumption. With this information, implement a strategy to reduce energy wastage and reap the efficiency rewards. Moving to renewable energy will enable you to achieve a higher level of sustainability and will help you to meet social responsibility policies.

Embrace automation technology

With advanced automation technology, ‘cobotics’- automated systems working alongside human employees- have become extremely important in the industry. As the industry becomes ever more dependent on digital technology systems, it’s important that businesses use these to their advantage. Developing an automation strategy is fundamental to succeeding and protecting your operations for the coming years whilst it aids your manufacturing efficiency.

‘The Industrial Internet of Things’

Our world is becoming increasingly connected and it’s crucial for manufacturers to use ‘Internet of Things’ technologies to work on complex supply chains and to operate on a global scale. From an efficiency perspective, the ‘Industrial Internet of Thing’s helps manufacturers manage their physical production line and helps to keep things moving. Greater levels of connectivity are benefitting manufacturers in a number of ways including improved levels of efficiency, reduced waste, increased product quality and increased profits.

Implement effective cyber security measures

Research shows that manufacturing is the second highest cyber attacked industry. As a business, cyber security should be at the forefront of your priorities as it protects you, which consequently improves your efficiency. Cyber security measures allow your business to focus on the work and manufacturing rather than have to deal with the growing number of cyber attacks.

Adopt predictive analytics

Manufacturing is no stranger to Big Data and its analytics capabilities but trends suggest a move towards predictive analytics. Predictive analytics, through a series of smart sensors integrated throughout the production process, will provide businesses with meaningful insights and a significant opportunity to allow potential problems to be identified and corrected before they occur. Adopting predictive analytics will not only provide increased levels of efficiency, but also improved margins and the opportunity to push your business forward.

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Vogal’s new head offices

Vogal Project Management are pleased to announce that we have now moved into our new head office. It is creatively designed with our core message of professionalism, expertise and innovation in mind.

This is an exciting period for VPM as our new offices now enable us to satisfy our ever-expanding resource needs.  Whether its for permanent positions or hot-desking, we have the capabilities and facilities for new employees to come on board with Vogal Project Management. If you want to find out more about career possibilities with Vogal, get in contact with us.

The new offices have improved our communications with both clients and suppliers owing to our in-house meeting rooms and office based external conferencing facilities. There are several meeting rooms varying in size and functionality, enabling us to provide the perfect setting for our complete service offering, from initiation to handover and in the management of all engineering projects.

We emphasise our core message of innovation by our meetings rooms being named after inspirational inventors: Swan, Brunel, Watt and Stephenson. We also have a 16-seater conference room to enhance our abilities to hold steering meetings bringing suppliers, designers and clients together ensuring that projects and designs remain on track.

We welcome both existing and potential clients to come and visit our new offices. Located closely to our previous premises, we’d proudly show you around and present our team. If you want to come see our head offices for any support for current projects or to discuss the services that Vogal Project Management can off to your business, please get in touch!

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The best 10 engineering inventions in the last 60 years

In the past half-century, scientific and technological advances have transformed our world.  Innovation has come at such a rapid pace in recent decades that it has transformed our world in ways only once imagined in science fiction. Engineers have shaped the technology of every generation and we’ve compiled some of the best engineering inventions since the 1950s.

Solar energy

The earliest solar cells and panels that were created were extremely inefficient and the energy conversation received from the sun stood under 1%. Russell Ohl, the inventor, created the silicon solar cell in 1941. In 1954, three American researchers Gerald Pearson, Calvin Fuller and Daryl Chapin were able to create a solar panel that could the had the efficiency level of 6% with direct sunlight. Since, the power of solar energy has progressed and helped the planet’s environmental needs.

Bar Codes

In the 21st century, it seems almost bizarre to imagine products without barcodes, however, they were only invented in 1974! The first Universal Product Code (UPC) scanner was installed at a supermarket in Ohio with the first produced to be scanned with a bar code being a 10 pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

Communications satellite

In 1962, Teletsar launched the first active communication satellite. This satellite could amplify and retransmit incoming signals whereas previously satellites could only passively bounce signals back to earth. With this revolutionary engineering invention, President JFK was able to hold a press conference in Washington DC which was broadcasted live across the world.

The world wide web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, becoming one of the most revered English inventors. He wrote the first web browser computer programme in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The World Wide Web has become central to the development of the information age and is the primary tool that billions of people use to interact on the internet.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

There is much historical dispute concerning the invention of the MRI scan. Many believe that Raymond Damadian established the machine’s medical merit in 1973, when he first uses magnetic resonance to discern healthy tissue from cancer. Yet in 2003, the Nobel Prize for medicine went to Peter Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield for their discovery of this medicinal invention.

Airplane

The Boeing 707-120 maiden flight as the world’s first successful commercial jet airliner took place in 1958. Travelling the world was made all the easier owing to this engineering invention. The first commercial jet flight was from New York to Paris.

Mobile Phones

The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola called a rival telecommunications company. In 1983, Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, known as the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. The handset offered 30 minutes talk time, six hours standby, and could store 30 phone numbers, and was £2639.

Laptop

The first laptop was invented by Adam Osbourne in 1981. It was called ‘Osbourne 1’ and cost $1,795. The first portable computer was a success, with sales reaching 10,000 units a month.

Integrated Circuit

The invention of the microchip had been attempted many times, however the successful manufacturing of integrated circuits was achieved by two scientists in 1958.  Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce revolutionised the modern world with all of digital technology being dependent on the integrated circuit.

Laser

The invention of the laser was a progression of sound theory. Theodore H. Maiman made the first working laser in 1960, and although at the time they weren’t sure how the laser would be used, it is now integral to our daily life, from DVD players to eye surgery.

 

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Great predictions for the manufacturing sector in 2017

2016 was a good year for the manufacturing sector in the UK, with the industrial renaissance pushing us into the top 10 in global rankings of the world. Starting in 2017, the manufacturing industry is now in a strong position for the new year.

Last month, the activity in the UK manufacturing sector hit a two and a half year high. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) in manufacturing rose to 56.1 in December from 53.6 in November. In the PMI, figures over 50 strongly indicate expansion. Although there were many concerns following Brexit and the value of the pound dropping, the manufacturing sector has benefitted. The weaker pound boosted orders from overseas, and with these exports, Rob Dobson, a senior economist at IHS Markit has described the sector to start 2017 on a ‘strong footing’.

It is not only global exports which are supporting the manufacturing sector, although the growth is largely down to them. There are also stronger inflows of new work coming from domestic clients to boost competitiveness and encourage growth.

The growth of the sector, however, has also been met by price pressures. The weakness of the pound following the Brexit vote increased the price of imported goods, therefore leading to higher costs for manufacturers. According to the PMI survey, this led to inflation for input costs and output charges to remain as ‘among the fastest seen during the survey history’.  James Knightly, an ING senior economists warns that the manufacturing boost many make the UK more competitive on the international stage but that there will be a negative impact from this for consumers.

The manufacturing sector should be very proud of its achievements for 2016, and the future predictions for 2017 seem very positive. The industry’s strong finish to 2016 continues to race forward demonstrated by the FTSE 100 reaching a record high of 7,205.21 on the first official trading day of the new year. Vogal Projects has many exciting prospects ahead for 2017, as we grow with the manufacturing industry’s success.

 

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The 10 best engineering inventions of 2016

In 2016, the UK became the 9th largest manufacturer in the world. To celebrate this incredible achievement, we’ve compiled some of the best engineering inventions of 2016. Which was your favourite?

 

The folding bike helmet

Engineer and keen cyclist Jeff Woolf had been involved in a serious cycling accident and would have died if it wasn’t for his helmet. He wondered why so many people refuse to wear one and the answer was mostly because they are hard to carry around and are too big and bulky to fit in your backpack. Engineer Woolf knew that this could be fixed and he invented a bike helmet that was as strong as traditional counterparts, but also fully flexible enough to fold almost totally flat and making it easy to transport.

The Levitating Light bulb

Simon Morris is applying his passion of floating objects on this light bulb ‘Flyte’. This invention relies on electromagnetism to levitate as well as spin, and relies on wireless power transmission to shine.

Dyson Supersonic hairdryer

James Dyson has famously streamlined all kinds of air-centric appliances and most famously vacuums and fans. This new invention of the hairdryer is less noisy and heavy compared to the traditional appliances. Its tiny jet engine like motor reaches 110,000 revolutions per minute making it extremely quiet.

 

A cutting edge food scanner

This piece of tech can instantly analyse pieces of food to see how many calories they have as well as their nutritional make up.

Apple Airpods

When Apple released their iPhone 7 which didn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, it previewed a compelling alternative. Apple Airpods have microphones built in so that you are able to control your phone via Siri, but they also detect when they’re in your ears allowing you to automatically pause for music.

Amazon Echo

Although the ability to talk to your tech has been around for years, seen specifically in Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa is much more powerful. Since its launch in 2014, Amazon has greatly expanded its functionality by integrating third party apps, enabling you to call a car, turn off lights or even order a pizza.

Hello Sense

The ultimate alarm clock. This piece of technology can improve your sleep by improving humidity, temperature and making sure that the air quality in your bedroom is at a correct rate for you to sleep. It monitors your sleeping cycle and wakes you when you’re least likely to feel grumpy and tired.

Smart fridges

Samsung is another company with its eyes on the smart fridge market. This specific fridge comes with a built in grocery store that allows all users to order items as soon as they run out. Competitor LG have also created a smart fridge which automatically opens the door when you step near it, as well as having a panel that reveals what’s in your fridge.

The No-Touch Thermometer

In past years, the traditional method to measure someone’s temperature has been putting a thermometer under somebody’s tongue and sitting for a few minutes to get an accurate reading. Now a no-touch thermometer has been created, which uses infrared technology to measure core body temperature quickly and precisely. Once this device is placed an inch from a patients forehead, it will tell you the temperature in 2.5 seconds and it colour coded depending on the reading.

 

Chevrolet Bolt 

General Motors aim to bring a crowd pleasing electric car which can drive more than 200 miles on one single charge. One estimate is that 80,000 Bolts could be sold in 2017. This could be a small step towards reducing planet warming fossil fuels.

 

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Motivating your engineers

Being an engineer doesn’t only teach you aspects such as logical thinking, problem-solving and strong numeracy, but it teaches you to work extremely hard. Motivating your employees is crucial in any business. With these 5 top tips we are sure that you will be able to motivate your engineers effectively.

Recognition
Every employee loves recognition. Engineers are problem solvers and do-ers, and they certainly don’t want their work to go unnoticed. Whether that’s doing a task that no one else wants to do, or have taken the initiative to do something new, they want to know that somebody has recognised the work that they have undergone.

Establishing a culture in which people regularly thank each and other and express their gratitude to their coworkers can make a happy workforce.

A challenge
Nothing seems to motivate an engineer more than a puzzle to be solved or a problem to be fixed. Engineers are hardwired to examine and apply logic and be the one to solve the riddle.

Opportunities for growth
Many engineers prefer to stay technical rather than going down a management path, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want similar growth opportunities. Providing them with opportunities and goals to reach to become technical leaders within the organization will go a long way towards motivating your engineers.

Respect

The most important motivator that every individual needs is respect. Engineers are typically proud of their intelligence and technical aptitude. They like to have their individualism and unique talents respected most importantly.

Be realistic with expectations, but also push them
Engineers are grounded in practicality. Therefore, it is important that you demonstrate that your plans are realistic in terms of being executable, but are also challenging. We wouldn’t have many of todays technologies if engineers were pushed to exceed beyond what they thought were their limitations.

Motivate your engineers with these tips, and start to see a difference in the workplace. Ensure that you are living up to promises. Motivate yourself and create goals for yourself, and others will be likely to follow.

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Vogal at the PPMA

The PPMA is the UK’s trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 480 members and associate companies. The primary reason for the PPMA is to promote sales of machinery. This was of mutual benefit to both members of PPMA and its customers with free technical and machinery information and advice.

Vogal was very honoured to have the opportunity to visit the PPMA Total Show held at the NEC arena in Birmingham. Steven Woods and Paul Hadman represented Vogal Projects up in Birmingham. The PPMA show gave us at Vogal a chance to engage face-to-face with some of the UK’s processing and packaging industry.

As a project management company, we were able to maintain the appreciation within our suppliers as well as maintaining our understanding of advancements made within technologies. Many exhibitors took great detail in interesting talks concerning their equipment.  The majority of speakers were primarily based in the areas of filling, bagging, materials handling, packaging and end of line equipment with an array of available equipment that they were able to display to suit various applications amongst many industries.

Vogal would like to say a big thank you to the PPMA for the great time we had meeting clients and progressing with current and potential projects.

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Women in engineering

The engineering world is renowned for being a male-dominated profession. In the 21st century, it is key to forget the stigma concerning the engineering society and ultimately encourage more females to become engineers.

 

Vogal Projects strongly supports the many organisations and programmes currently in place to encourage more women towards the engineering sector based jobs. This includes the Science Learning Partnerships and Maths Hubs which increase participation in STEM A levels.

 

Vogal helps many young people who want to be engineers with our training centre. We are currently training 75 engineering apprentices, and encourage both young men and women with an interest to get in touch.

 

Recently, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), submitted plans to develop a more creative engineering A-level with the hope that this would encourage more girls to enrol in engineering undergraduate courses. Sadly, this plan has been rejected last week. The UK is currently holds the bottom spot for recruiting women into the profession of engineering. According to studies, there are 8 times as many men in the industry in comparison to the women. The online recruitment website, Reed, supports this with data from 2014 demonstrating that 97,681 women in the UK applied for engineering roles whereas 753,263 men applied to these roles.

 

The gender gap within engineering starts far before job applications. UCAS confirm that at undergraduate level, mechanical engineering has the second largest gender gap. However, there has be progress within the engineering world to reduce this gap.

 

Since 2015, the figures have doubled in mechanical engineering and have further increased in courses for aerospace engineering and civil engineering undergraduate courses at university. More schools are putting more effort into young girls at the K-12 stage, as this stage has proven to be significantly important for career motivation.

 

Equality between genders is good for productivity, morale and business. It has been proven that gender balanced teams consistently outperform teams which are dominated by one sex only. Furthermore, although the gender gap is one of the largest in the engineering sector, the pay gap isn’t. The gender pay gap between male and female engineering staff has closed by 6% this year, and is now considered one of the better industries of monetary equality.

 

There are currently three times as many female engineers aged between 20-24 compared to those aged 40-44 which presents the shift in times. The most popular job roles currently for women within engineering are automotive, manufacturing and design areas, at the moment. Vogal encourages everyone, female and male, to look into the great potential and possibilities held within the engineering sector.

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Keeping your brain healthy and happy

The most precious part of us is our brain. Our brains make us human, make us individual and make us live. But are you doing everything to look after it? To boost your brain, you have to look after it. Here are the best ways how

A healthy body is a healthy mind

It has been discovered that people who regularly participate in multiple healthy behaviours significantly reduce their risk for dementia. A study looked at 2,235 men over 30 years and measured their participation in five healthy lifestyle behaviours including non smoking, a high fruit and vegetable intake, regular physical activity and also low to moderate alcohol intake. The study found that four, or in some cases all five, behaviours resulted in a 60% less likely to chance to develop dementia. Keeping a healthy body means that you are more likely to retain a healthy brain. Exercising encourages the brain to work at an optimum capacity, strengthens interconnections and protects them from damage.

Sleep is also a simple yet necessary part of retaining a healthy body. Sleep is not only essential for regenerating your physical body, but it also allows us to reach new mental insights such as seeing new solutions to old problems. Only sleeping for 4-6 hours at one time can impact the ability to think clearly for the next day, and sleep is known to enhance memories.

One of the simplest ways to boost function is to constantly learn. Challenging your mind with mind training exercises can keep your brain fit, with activities such as doing a crossword puzzle or playing a board game that gets you thinking.  Research done has shown that even surfing the web activates regions in your brain that is related to decision making and complex reasoning, much unlike watching the television where the brain can become disengaged.

Food for thought

There are multiple types of food that you can eat to boost your brainpower.

  • Oily fish- Essential fatty acids cannot be made through the body itself, which means that we have to obtain these from the foods that we eat. The most effective form of fatty acids can be found within oily fish such as salmon. Not having fatty acids within your diet can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as memory loss.
  • Blueberries- Evidence done at Tufts university suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving, or delaying, short term memory loss.
  • Broccoli- Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is been known to improve and enhance brainpower. Broccoli also has great aspects within that we need for our central nervous system, as well as keeping the brain and memories sharp.

Keep your brain ‘appy

If we spend our lives on our phones, we should use them to keep our brains happy and healthy. Wanting to keep the brain active, developers have created apps that can test your brain, from aspects such as your memory and problem solving. Here are just a few of the apps that you can get.

  • Luminosity- This popular app is split into sessions of games which are tailored to your own goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed and flexibility of thinking. The developers say that just a single session a day can improve mental skills and users are able to track progress and compare with other performers on the app.
  • CogniFit Brain Fitness- This app has the ability to improve cognitive abilities, such as memory and concentration. Users can track their progress and assess insights about overall brain health. Developers found that users saw an improvement by spending at least 20 minutes, two to three times a week playing these games.
  • Brain Fitness Pro- This app employs a series of memory training exercise to increase all focus, memory and problem solving skills. Developers say that these benefits will remain long term.

Whether you’re eating more wholegrain, challenging your brain to a crossword, sleeping more or even boosting your brains activity with 20 minutes of brain training on an app every day, every small change that you make may result in a large positive impact for the health of your brain.

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Welcome to new Contracts Manager, Dan Lowder

Vogal Projects is very please to announce the recent addition to the Vogal Group team, Dan Lowder. Dan is joining the Vogal Group as a Contracts Manager. He brings a wealth of experience both in the project and installation supervision industry and the manufacturing environment. We wish Dan a very warm welcome and look forward to working with him on future projects.

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The Engineer’s Personality

Obviously, within any profession, it is the individuals and their uniqueness which contributes to their ability. However, there are also common traits which can be found within those who share professions. So, what are the main personality characteristics for engineers?

Creativity

Many would not necessarily pair engineers and creativity, simply because engineering doesn’t sound ‘artsy’. However, the need for engineers to solve problems fuels traits of creativity. Engineers must be both rational and creative in order to find the perfect response to problems. Practical problems consistently arise in the field of engineering owing to the constant shift in requirements and possibilities. Creativity is innovation, and innovation is a necessity in the world of engineering.

Organisation

An engineer’s mind is normally as organised as a production line. This further contributes to the problem solving element of an engineer’s role. As with any job, all projects have deadlines and unexpected delays, but within engineering these are crucial and especially with fixing them as quickly as possible. Top engineers can all organise their time extremely well and deal well with crisis management owing to this.

Inquisitive

This is an extremely natural personality trait to most engineers. With a whole profession based around discovering how things work, and improving their understanding, being inquisitive is critical. Engineers often thrive on constantly trying to improve the performance and speed of nearly anything.

Cooperative

Being cooperative is a trait which is useful in nearly every profession, and engineering is no exception. Building anything requires a team. A team of minds and a team of hands is absolutely necessary. Collaboration often creates the best ideas. The synergy that working in a team create – that is, if everyone works well together = can be an unstoppable force in innovation and achievement.

Now many of this personality traits are common to many professions, and many people. However, within engineering, those who possess these characteristics can thrive particularly well, considering the nature of the job.

 

 

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Time to boast about UK’s manufacturing sector

It’s time to celebrate Britain’s industrial renaissance! Consistently, the British manufacturing sector has grown over the years, and we have reached our place in the top 10 of global rankings. Our annual output is currently $257 billion, ranking us ninth in the world.

Why has this happened?

Primarily, it’s the perspective that manufacturing companies have towards employment and earnings. The manufacturing sector should be extremely proud of this, considering that UK manufacturers have exceeded all other countries, except the US, for job creation since 2010. Additional to this, is the average earnings data. Within the manufacturing sector, the average earnings have risen by 3%. This statistic is double the rate of the overall economy.

Many more graduates and young people are seeking out careers in manufacturing with the lucrative aspect also highly appealing. Manufacturing offers incredibly high value and highly paid jobs. Average earnings for this sector are approximately £31,489 p/a whereas the whole economy is currently circulating around £27,607.

With all of this thriving statistics, the manufacturer sector is definitely growing as it modernises and the economy is becoming dependent on manufacturing and its importance. However, with this power comes responsibility as Charles Garfit, the head of manufacturing at Santander Corporate & Commercial, states ‘manufacturing businesses in the UK must look at the opportunities beyond our own borders to extend their growth potential.’

Positivity in Food Manufacturing

With terms such as ‘Brexit’ flying around inciting fear into all, it’s always positive to hear that manufacturing sales are soaring. Furthermore, the food manufacturing sub-sector within is doing particularly well. Lloyds Bank’s third annual study reveals that food and drink firms plan to enter new UK markets and develop new products.  As a whole, the current forecast is a 19% growth in the next five years which is an increase of 3% from 2015. This further fuels the trend of increasing interest in manufacturing sectors from investors and jobseekers alike. Over a third of food and drink firms say that their job creation plans had increased since the EU referendum.

As these statistics show, it’s not all doom and gloom. The manufacturing sector seeks to progress with new ventures, new ideas and new technology and with ever-growing interest it looks to be an exciting adventure to the future.

 

 

 

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Vogal Projects welcomes new Project Design Engineer

Paul Hadman

All of us at Vogal Projects are very excited to have Paul Hadman on-board with us as our new Project Design Engineer. Paul has a wealth of experience in a variety of different industries which includes food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other associated industries. We look forward to Paul using his knowledge of all of these industries, on top of his ability to use leading edge software packages in order to further Vogal Projects’ growth.

 

Paul will be joining Steve Watkinson, our Senior Controls and Automation Manager, and Robin Towers, Senior Project Manager who is currently working on live projects within the Vogal Group. Together, they are key components of our ever expanding group team.

 

Paul is a great asset to our team and we cannot wait to be working with him on all the new and exciting opportunities working at Vogal will bring.

 

Additional to his day-to-day role Paul will be instrumental in the preparation, and setting up, of our new design office which will be housed in our new purpose-built facility which has a planned opening on the 4th November.

 

Once again, a big welcome to Paul from everyone here at Vogal Projects.

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Vogal Project Management launch new website to mark new beginnings

Marking the start of newly formed company Vogal Project Management; the directors are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

Eifion Evans, Managing Director of Vogal Project Management comments “We wanted an informative and innovative website that truly reflected the new company and one with standout. We choose to work with creative agency Thump who had been introduced to us by our parent company The Vogal Group.”  Eifion added  “They certainly did come up trumps with a highly creative execution delivered promptly and effectively – the whole thing was a breeze from concept to implementation”

 

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Meet the team at Vogal Project Management

Here at our headquarters in Peterborough is the core team at Vogal Project Management

Vogal staff Dave Stubbs, Anrew Davies, Neil McIlwain and Eifion Evans at the Woodston offices.

From Left to Right: Eifion Evans (Managing Director), Neil McIlwain, Andrew Davies (Operations Director) and Dave Stubbs (Projects Director) at the Woodston offices.

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