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The New Normal

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 January 2013

Peter Day travels to the British Midlands to find out how beleaguered manufacturers are coping with the most difficult economy in decades. The region used to be the metal bashing heartland of the country but now manufacturers, service providers and entrepreneurs starting their own companies are all struggling to find a way to keep profitable in an era of low growth. What lessons have been learned over the past five years and how can the past help plan the way forward for the future?

  • Contributors to this programme


    Stuart Fell

    Chairman, Metal Assemblies Ltd


    Mark Smith

    Regional Chairman, Price Waterhouse Coopers Birmingham


    Mike Molesworth

    Managing Director, Dennis Eagle


    Dr Mark Swift

    Head of SME Programmes at Warwick Manufacturing Group


    Jim Griffin

    Managing Director, Automotive Insulations


    Professor Irene Ng,

    Head of Service Systems Research, WMG, Warwick University






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