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Late deliveries cost UK economy millions

Posted under News on Monday 24 April 2017

Late deliveries cost the UK manufacturing industry up to £166 million per day

A recent survey has revealed that the UK manufacturing industry could be losing up to £166 million a day because of late deliveries of raw materials. A key finding was that 11% of respondents believe that just one late delivery could cost them between £1,000 and £10,000; a figure that has surprised a leading UK manufacturers association.

The British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association Limited (BEMA) is a trade association set up to promote the interests of the engineering and manufacturing companies in the UK

“We were surprised at the potential cost to industry that late delivery could be making. Many of our members work themselves to ‘just in time’ principles to be efficient in today’s market place so having a trusted supplier of raw materials is of great importance,” said Ian Mynett, director of training at the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association.

From the survey, just over 2,000 responses were received to give the insight into how much late deliveries are costing the UK economy. The survey respondents came from all business sectors but the figures have been extrapolated to obtain a picture of the cost to UK manufacturers.

The survey also revealed that 8.1% of UK manufacturing companies estimate they could lose between £1,000 to £5,000 a day if a delivery of raw materials is late, whilst 3.5% may lose between £5,000 and £10,000. It is estimated that if every manufacturer in the UK were to experience at least one late delivery of key raw material it could cost the UK economy £166,038,750.

Supporting Information: Metals Group Ltd



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This learner driver should’ve looked where he was going

Posted under News on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Learning how ride a motorbike is hard; balancing, braking, clutch control, learning the road, looking out for other drivers, oh and not crashing into stationary cars.

Unfortunately for this learner driver, this video has gone viral after it was published on the internet by the LadBible.

After waiting patiently for a safe moment to leave the T junction the learner rider stalls the bike, restarts it and then ends up riding into the back of a stationary car.

The video is almost like Jay Cartwright’s crash (thats if you have ever seen The Inbetweenters).

Everything you need to know about the Mersey Gateway Bridge

Posted under News on Tuesday 28 March 2017

The Mersey Gateway Project

After just 3 years of building the new six lane bridge which crosses the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn is due to open in Autumn 17.

Below is everything you need to know about the 1.75bn project.

The Design

The design of the bridge is a cable-stayed structure with three towers.

It will be 2.3km long with a river span of 1km.

The main bridge deck will be made from reinforced concrete and the spans will be supported by steel cable stays attached to towers rising up to between 80 and 125m above the river bed. Once open, the new bridge will carry up to six lanes of traffic and will have a speed limit of 60mph.

The new Mersey Gateway Bridge will:

  • Ease congestion from the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge
  • cross the river around 1,500 metres to the east of the Silver Jubilee Bridge
  • be a tolled crossing
  • link the Central Expressway in Runcorn with the main routes to the M62 (Widnes Eastern Bypass) and towards Liverpool (Speke Road) in Widnes. 


Both the new Mersey Gateway and the Silver Jubilee Bridge will both be tolled come Autumn 17.

However, there will be no toll booths. Instead automatic number plate reading technology will scan vehicles and registered users will get a special sticker to attach to their windscreens to identify them as they cross the river.

Prices to cross the bridges range from £2 to £8 depending on the type of vehicle.

Find out more about toll prices here –

The Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB)

When the Mersey Gateway Bridge opens the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge will be closed for up to 12 months to undertake essential refurbishment work. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to cross the SJB during the refurbishment.

Once both bridges are open it is estimated that 80% of traffic will use the new bridge and the SJB will be redesigned to deal with local traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and those using public transport.

To keep upto date on the progress on the bridge visit –

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Posted under News on Friday 03 March 2017

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