Thursday, 27 February 2014

Metroplan Looks Ahead as UK Manufacturing Continues to Grow

With the UK finally beginning to heal from the wounds sustained during the recession, the manufacturing sector looks to be one of the strongest areas for growth. 

The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector recorded a level of 56.7 in January. Although this was down from December's 57.2, it still marks well above average growth in the sector. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. 

Manufacturing accounts for around a tenth of Britain's economy, which expanded by 0.7% in the final three months of last year. This continued expansion in the sector has also meant that employment has increased, rising for a ninth consecutive month. 

At Metroplan over 40% of our products are manufactured at our factory in the UK, maintaining uncompromising levels of quality and value.

Our machinery and operations take products from raw-materials and make them ready for assembly by our skilled team. Our in-house box making machine then creates customized packages for each product.

With more investment into UK manufacturing being encouraged, Metroplan looks ahead to a bright future of creation, innovation and expansion. 

Statistics courtesy of BBC News:

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

'Educating Yorkshire' Chooses Metroplan's Shield® Noticeboards!

Image Courtesy of The Guardian Online 
Educating Yorkshire is a BAFTA award winning British documentary television programme broadcast last year on Channel 4. This popular series follows the everyday lives of the staff and students of Thornhill Community Academy, a secondary school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

The series was well received by critics with the first episode achieving over 4 million viewers, and was popular with Twitter users prompting over 126,000 tweets becoming the most tweeted about show of the day. Headteacher Mr Mitchell and student Ryan also trended in the UK list. The final episode received critical acclaim, with tweets praising the students featured in the episode as well as the inspirational teachers and head of years.

The newly built Thornhill Academy is an impressive building and it was flattering to see that they had chosen our range of Shield® indoor noticeboards, both wall fixed and freestanding. An obvious consideration for them was style and durability as Shield® represents the coordinated solution in busy environments. The range features the contemporary Shield® profile frame design with the same coordinated fabric colourways (choose from 5 different frame colours, aluminium, blue, red, white and green and a vast array of either loop nylon or woven fabric colour options). Choose from indoor, outdoor, wall fixed and freestanding variants all of which are manufactured in the UK to the highest specifications, with competitive prices and fast lead times.

View the full Shield range on-line at