COVID-19 1 year on – Success in Industry we all need to hear

So here we are, over 1 year on from the UK’s 1st national Lockdown since the Covid-19 Pandemic begun and whilst it has been a time that none of us could have even imagined, we are here to share the success in industry that has happened over the past year…

There have been some huge moments in History over the past year but also some amazingly positive success stories and resources that may not have had the coverage they need and if anything, the coverage WE need. As the world has tackled the pandemic day by day we, very much so, need to hear every bit of positivity we can get. In the UK it’s no secret that small to medium sized businesses have really struggled and even suffered closures as well as certain sectors really taking the hit.  

At HanaTech we feel it’s our duty to help others; as well as being a Digital Process Improvement Consultancy (like no other we may add) we specify in the realm of Change Management. We aren’t just here to give you a technical solution, we’re here to talk you through and provide support – every step of the way. We imply this outlook throughout our business as a whole, even through to this blog.

We provide resources, advice and tips, and in today’s post – success in industry and positive resources in the Manufacturing, Engineering Industries and Tech/STEM sectors, showing you that there ARE businesses that have survived during this pandemic – and where to read about them. 

Female Engineer

“Despite the devastating impact of coronavirus, manufacturing remains a staple of the British economy. In 2019 – 2020 the manufacturing sector’s annual output accounted for £192bn to the UK’s economy. The industry accounts for 47 per cent of exports and 66 per cent of R&D investment. It saw some 2.7 million people employed with the average salary in the sector standing at £33,5000 – some 13 percent higher than the rest of the country.”

David Millar for The Engineer

Success Stories in the Industrial Sectors since March 2020

APRIL 2020

M-CNC Ltd, a Bridgwater-based company supported the NHS by manufacturing and supplying components for lifesaving ventilators – which is now known as the Ventilator Challenge. During the peaks of the pandemic, the NHS were under a lot of pressure and in need of much more equipment – this is where M-CNC were selected to manufacturer and supply components for the much needed ventilators. Read more HERE.

JULY 2020:

Hoffman Group UK aims to double it’s size and change it’s focus – to be much more efficient and helps it’s customers whilst the growth will increase jobs. They also introduced remote consultation service to help Manufacturers during the pandemic – showing that there are ways to work around the struggles and keep things operating.

“Birmingham-based Hoffmann Group UK, Europe’s leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has transformed its national strategy in order to better serve its customers.” Read more HERE.

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Somerset-based company SureCav – which manufactures cavities for walls using 100 per cent recycled plastic, has experienced a huge uplift in business during the pandemic – and even launched a new website. July 2020 was the firms busiest month that year – Read more HERE.

Mayor Andy Street, Michelle Elleman from mac-group and Paul Hodge from Warmflame Developments at the Cakemore Road site


£3.6 Million had been invested into a derelict Rowley Regis site to transform the space into modern industrial and distribution units which are in short supply across the West Midlands. Andy Street, the Mayor or the West Midlands says he is ‘delighted’ in this investment. – After the Budget announcement it was confirmed a £100 million boost for Wolverhampton, Rowley Regis, West Bromwich and Smethwick. Read the full story HERE.

Female Engineers


STEM women hosted virtual events across the UK introducing 133 exhibiting employers to 3,421 women studying STEM subjects. Following our events, many of the female attendees contacted us to tell us they had received offers for placements, graduate schemes, and roles.” Read more HERE.

Female Apprentices in Manufacturing


Supplier Skills Programme – A £12m Skills fund created to help SME’s to upskill staff and develop their workforces on the road to recovery from the pandemic – It will run until 2023 – creating much more job opportunities. Read more HERE.


WHS Plastics, a global manufacturer of plastic injection moulding products, which supplies the automotive, industrial and electronics sector, has moved into its 75,000 sq ft national distribution centre at its Minworth site in Sutton Coldfield. Read more HERE.


Nasmyth Group, a Coventry-based Manufacturer reported a turnover of £84.6m, including joint ventures, for the 12 months to 31 January 2020, up from £81.6m: Read full story HERE.

Made Futures

MARCH 2021

Made FUTURES – A virtual exhibition week by Made in the Midlands which was a successful and new way of working during the lack of face-to-face events. “Made Futures was launched in 2021 to help solve challenges around employment due to the pandemic. The Made in Group has always strived to help manufacturers and businesses alike with current industry issues. With over 1.5 million of people losing their jobs in the UK over the course of the pandemic coupled with the existing skills gap in the UK industry, we launched the Made Futures virtual careers fair and Jobs board to connect manufacturers with local job seekers – who are passionate about UK industry. ” – Yasmin Banner, Digital Communications Manager at Made in Group.

MARCH 2021

Specialied industrial services provider, Eriks, has announced a major new UK headquarters and fulfilment centre in Oldbury, West Midlands. Due to open in the summer, the multi-million-pound, fulfilment centre is between two major motorway junctions on the M5, providing excellent transport links, and covers over 11,000m2 – Read more HERE.


A list of resource links we think are great for sharing positivity and success stories amongst the Industrial Sectors:

The Manufacturer Top 100 – A great celebratory list of inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – celebrating individual achievements: “Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, they represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. Discover individuals who played no small part in that collective effort, whether it be diversifying their businesses to meet demands for PPE or those who were part of the Ventilator Challenge.”

Inspiring Women in Manufacturing – Always necessary to celebrate Women in the Industry and their success stories: See our previous blogs talking to Female apprentices and leaders, as well as seeing this article here for more inspiring stories: https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/inspiring-women-manufacturing-part-two/

Innovation Awards 2021 – Whilst we’re here…

Success in Industry

We are excited to share that we have been nominated in the Technology Supply Chain’s award this year in the category: ‘Engineering Innovation Champion – Business Sector’ along with many other great companies – Seeing these awards always shares positivity as it celebrates success in industry – VOTE HERE!

BBC – Start up’s have soared throughout 2020:


West Midlands Tech start up’s success:


Success Stories in Manufacturing LINKS:



3 people to FOLLOW on LinkedIn: Reporting on Manufacturing and Industrial News and Success:

Charlotte Horobin: “Championing #manufacturing #ukmfg to advance our nations makers! Join Make UK today and help us move forwards together.”

Mark Weymouth: Providing weekly Friday UK Manufacturing GOOD News

Steve Howard: Sharing weekly ‘LinkedIn Top 10 for the engineering and manufacturing sector’


We would love to hear more positivity in the industrial sectors and especially success for SME’s! If you’d like to submit your story to be shared get in touch with our Marketer who would love to share your News!

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When Hana founded HanaTech her vision was clear: to support local businesses to improve their efficiency and competitiveness through increasing their use of technology. She is passionate about making technology simple, accessible and enabling, to offer a baseline from which to truly innovate, and supporting Traditional Factories to become Factories of the Future, one quick win at a time.

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