Industry intelligence

6 ways to make your appraisals perform

For many organisations, it’s their people who add greatest value to their products or services. But how do you ensure your performance appraisal process is effective in making the most of your precious resource? Mike Brown - one of EEF's Learning and Development Consultants offers his top tips.

Step up to ISO14001

The new ISO14001 standard which comes into force in 2015 is a radically different approach that will shift environmental management to the top of the corporate agenda.

Don't ignore REACH

REACH is business critical legislation that affects all manufacturers and presents major business continuity risks.

Reinvigorate Lean

Too often, when companies reach the final ‘sustain’ stage of the classic 5S lean tool, they fail to leverage the full knowledge, talents and skills of employees.

Discover how to deploy a 6th 'S' and put people at the centre of your lean journey

Investing in growth

Business Growth Fund (BGF) is ready to help EEF member companies invest in their future. To date, ten manufacturing businesses have shared in £45m investment, but that is just the start.

Promoting innovation

Innovation monitor

Our latest Innovation Monitor survey shows that manufacturers are adopting increasingly ambitious innovation strategies to chase growth opportunities in new and existing markets.

TUPE Reform

Changes to TUPE are expected to come into force by April 2014 - we summarise the key changes.

Make flexibility work for your business

Introducing flexible hours in your business can drive up productivity and boost employee buy-in and commitment. Jeff Neild, EEF’s Head of Employee Relations explains how.

Hands-on HR

As the economy moves from downturn to growth, how do you adapt your HR approach to manage a more productive workforce?

member networking

Make it Britain at the 2014 EEF National Manufacturing Conference

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The tide is turning as growing numbers of manufacturers re-shore their operations back to the UK and focus on international trade. But how does Britain turn this re-shoring trickle into a torrent that re-builds thriving supply chains, and what needs to be done to support this trend?

Great British showcase

Promote your capability to the world by taking part in the International Festival for Business 2014 - the biggest international trade and commerce showcase since the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Regional Winners of EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

The regional winners of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards have been announced - see who won in your area.


Member news

600 UK brings it back

Investment has paid off for EEF member 600 UK. The machine tool manufacturer has restructured to focus all production at its modernised factory in West Yorkshire.

Quality first for G&P

EEF member Göbel & Partner scooped a prestigious award for its quality work and initiatives for global manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover

Let me engineer you

The engineering skills of Warren Services took centre stage at Robbie Williams' European Tour this summer.


Representing members

EEF takes manufacturers' issues to Downing Street

EEF took a small delegation of members to 10 Downing Street for a roundtable meeting with the Prime Minister's advisers.

Manufacturing's voice on Europe

The prospect of a European referendum illustrates the impact of European and UK government policies on business. EEF is busy influencing policy on behalf of our members.

You can help power policy improvement

EEF is the most powerful voice for UK manufacturing, but we can't influence policy without you.


Training, apprentices and skills

National technology training centre opens

Our new national centre of excellence for apprentice and technical skills training provides world class manufacturing education tailored to employers' needs.

Member rates on export training

EEF members are now entitled to Institute of Export (IOE) member rates on their professional qualifications and short courses.

Training dates for 2014 courses now online

The 2014 dates for our open courses are now available to book online on our dedicated training website - save 15% if you book before 31 December 2013!


Business Services

Golden hat trick for EEF Venues

Broadway House, EEF Venue's conference venue at the heart of London's Westminster, has achieved gold in the stringent Accredited in Meetings (AIM) assessment.

World class customer service

ICS member

EEF is among the top UK organisations for customer service, with an official rating of 'world class' in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index

Farewell and welcome...

EEF wishes David Ost, Region Director for the North West, a fond farewell and welcomes Darrell Matthews as his successor.

Challenge us to reduce your costs

EEF Advantages has already saved members £3 million - find out how Blue Earth Foods counted the savings when they switched to our Employee Benefits package.


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Trade Body of the Year, Public Affairs Awards 2011; Best Rebrand by Sector - manufacturing and Best Implementation of a Rebrand