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COVID-19; What’s next for businesses in MANUFACTURING …

Since the UK lockdown in March, many in the manufacturing industry were left with questions, uncertainty and lots of spare time on their hands, due to the majority of the country either on furlough or finding themselves working from home.

According to www.ons.gov.uk in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work from home. However, for many sectors of the manufacturing industry, working from home just isn’t possible currently, without significant advances in virtual or augmented reality… 

‘At the beginning of 2020, the UK manufacturing sector experienced its sharpest decline in output since 2013..* 

“For the last couple of years, it’s been tough for the manufacturing sector – firms have been holding off spending on long-term hiring, investment, recruitment and machinery,” says Seamus Nevin, the chief economist at Make UK. “A degree of certainty was starting to be restored this year. But this pandemic has created a whole new set of uncertainties. It’s disrupted supply chains [and] customer demand.”*  

During all of the struggles the pandemic has produced, there is also a huge correlation between the rise of online usage; understandably. What else has everyone been doing other than recording TikTok dance challenges all lockdown, watching the daily news updates on Covid-19 or panic buying pasta and toilet roll online? 

‘From how we interact with others, read the news, connect with businesses and make purchasing decisions; having a digital presence is extremely powerful and isn’t showing any sign of leaving. Online has around 3.2 billion users worldwide, which is a crazy 42% of the population. Users are spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social media and 3.26 billion people are using their mobile phones to access the platforms, which is up 10% from last year. As being online and accessible is becoming increasingly popular in our daily lives, it offers businesses more and more opportunities to reach out to their audiences.’** 

So how does this relate to businesses in manufacturing? As we know, we currently cannot run an entire factory from home, however… You CAN use the rising online presence to your advantage… 

Web 2.0 is very much among us; people are using their smartphones more than ever before. There have been new job roles entirely created in the past 10 years due to the rise in Technology – more jobs, more opportunities. Time is an inevitable thing, as well as change and development; by embracing digital improvements you will become the innovator in a hugely competitive market. The way social media platforms provide marketing tools are so impressive, you can now advertise your entire business sat in the comforts of your own home. 

But where do I start? 

All of your potential clients and current ones are reachable at the click of a button. By starting with small quick wins, such as creating a Facebook Page for your business and reaching out for reviews, you find connections who then… find connections. Whilst physical interaction is currently on the low, you can still be visible very easily to your customers, to show that you are here to support, albeit virtually, and that you are trading and you still exist. Out of sight out of mind certainly does not have to be the case. 

HanaTech is here to help from those small quick wins to full digital process improvement – creating your digital path and putting your business back on top. Innovation is key in an ever-changing tech world, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process… 

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*https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2020/05/08/could-coronavirus-reshape-british-manufacturing/?gb=true

**https://www.naturallysocial.co.uk/usage-stats-2020/

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Listen in: a moment of local fame…

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Friday 31st July, between 1pm and 3pm, saw the first local radio appearance of our very own Hana Robertson. Hana was invited to appear on the Steve Parker show on station Black Country Radio, alongside fellow business colleagues from The Family Business Practice network.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and expertly coordinated by the radio host who ensured an entertaining, professional and informative show. The show covered key topics such as what its been like to start up a business during the year of the lock down, and what support is out there for manufacturing businesses to support their recovery.

If you missed out on the show, there is still an opportunity to listen again via the following link: http://www.blackcountryradio.co.uk/radioplayer/od/items/steve-parker-31st-july/

Who knows when the next local radio appearance might be…

Don’t forget to follow us on our socials and CONTACT for enquiries!

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Stop the press.. Here’s Advertising

Our grant funded advertising campaign is out there!

Our grant funded advertising campaign is out there. Thanks to Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Mail Metro Media, our ads look great! Let’s hope we reach SME manufacturers as our message is we’re here to support them with their recovery.

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How will you move from Industry 3.0 to 4.0?

Industry 3.0 to 4.0

In order to stay ahead of the competition and continue to meet ever increasing customer expectations, companies must continue to automate and innovate, using where possible the latest technology.

This is apparent now more than ever with the change from industry 3.0 to 4.0, which is why HanaTech is so passionate about supporting manufacturing SMEs to become more successful in today’s Digital World

For more info visit the article on our Made in the Midlands microsite: hanatech.madeinthemidlands.com/news/what-is-a-digital-baseline-review

To find out more about a Digital Baseline Review click here!

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Introducing UKMfgUnite collaborationeers

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HanaTech is proud to be part of UKMfgUnite, a free collaboration site run by manufacturers for manufacturers, that aims to bring the manufacturing community together by simply asking ‘Looking for help?’ or ‘Looking to help others?’

Through this initiative, ‘Collaborationeers’ are encouraged to pull together, to start sharing networks, disciplines and advice, innovate as allies and build networks closer to home, to build back economic stability after the affects of COVID-19…

If you would like to get involved visit ukmfgunite.co.uk

For more news and updates visit here

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CBM members, time to “Review Your Digital Fitness”

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Great support from the Confederation of British Metalforming -> Check out their latest edition of Metal Matters -> HanaTech is proud to be featuring in the June edition to offer CBM members the opportunity to take part in the complimentary Digital Baseline Review.

Visit thecbm.co.uk/2020/06 to view the article (p7 and p37) and much more…

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MTA Launches Digital Baseline Review to its members

Digital Baseline Review

HanaTech is proud to be working with Manufacturing associations such as the MTA to offer the complimentary Digital Baseline Review as a resource for their members.

For more information visit www.mta.org.uk/resources/invitation-take-part-digital-baseline-review

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“And we’re Live !”

“And we’re Live !” was the email received from Ellis Harris @ FieCo WebDesign in the early hours this morning …

After a few weeks of hard effort and fun, I’m excited to announce the launch of the new revamped HanaTech website and interactive Digital Baseline Review !

Please feel free to roam about, engage, comment and connect to let us know what you think …

And Manufacturers, Welcome ! We hope to support you on your move from Traditional factory towards factory of the Future, one quick win at a time… so get in touch !

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Ironic events…

Ironic events

So I was considering buying a lottery ticket, because a series of ironic coincidental events have happened in the past few weeks…

* I started my business this year, aiming to support local, traditional ‘offline’ businesses to begin to digitalise their operations, customer experience and online presence…

* Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 induced lockdown, it is those traditional ‘offline’ businesses that may suffer the most

* Businesses must use their time wisely to reinvent themselves… As a startup I haven’t had time to build up tradition and legacy process, so I can remain innovative and flexible

* As a startup, I am fortunate to have some savings to see me through as there is little government support for startups

* Whilst everyone must now stay safe and ‘santitised’, earlier this year I created my business slogan “Prepare to be Hanatised…”

If you, or anyone you know, are a business owner concerned about how you will recover from this situation, please get in touch so we can brainstorm together how you can use Digital Process Improvement to adapt and improve your current operations.

I, like you, now have some valuable time on my hands… “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it”

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“What do you do again?”

“So what do you do again??”

Absolutely delighted with my new artwork piece thanks to Hannah Williams @ Scribble Inc Ltd.

This is my business service offering on one page, or as I like to call it, ‘Your Transformation Plan on a Page’ :

I started my business this year, passionate to support local traditional ‘offline’ businesses increase their efficiency and competitiveness using Digital Process Improvement.

How will you compete in an increasingly Digital World? In need of some support?

Please get in touch so together we can map out how to begin to digitalise your current operations and customer experience, to strip out time and cost from your processes using simple tech solutions, one quick win at a time !