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What will the impact of IR35 be on SME engineering service providers?

the impact of IR35

The design & engineering industry has traditionally had a strong foundation of individuals providing services on a contract basis. Companies both small and large rely on these individuals to add either capacity or capability to their resource pool.
The UK Government’s latest IR35 ruling is turning the industry on it’s head.


The price of keeping development on schedule

Traditionally, when planning prototype build it is quite normal to schedule 4-5 weeks for manufacture of parts.
This year we have had Plastic Injection Mouldings tooled and produced in just 5 days, precision machined parts machined in just 1 full day and delivered by 9:00 am the next. How’s that for service?


How latest cyber security initiatives might lead to improved work-life balance

Cyber security is something that all companies, whatever their size, have to take seriously these days. Recent figures released by Get Safe Online and the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre Action Fraud reveal that UK businesses reported losses of £1bn in the past year as a result of attacks on their IT systems.

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Robot Wars is back…and could inspire a new generation of engineers

Readers of this blog will be familiar with my tendency towards nostalgia, especially when harking back to a time when more young people had hands-on hobbies that involved making things and tinkering with designs in their dad’s shed or garage. It will come as no surprise, then, that I was heartened to see a return

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Finding tomorrow’s Engineers

At this time of year it is not uncommon for me to get phone calls and emails from students looking for industrial placements.  They come from all sources including emails and phone calls from Germany, France and Spain right through to Asia.  In the past I have even received emails from young people offering to work for nothing for

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