Visible Trade: the story behind UK imports and exports

Union Jack Shoes by Northampton Museum, on Flickr The recent Made in Britain TV series from the BBC and Open University has been fun and interesting viewing.  As data fanatics, the MyCake team love the OU’s Visible Trade data visualisation tool which allows you to explore 20 years’ worth of the UK’s imports and exports. The Read the full article…

Thinking of going getting your products manufactured?

Cockpit Arts is running a free two part workshop for designer makers considering expanding into using manufacturers.  Part 1: Finding and Selecting a Manufacturer, 19 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm Part 2: Getting the Most from Your Manufacturer, 11 May, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm The sessions are open to everyone, for details and how to book, click here. Part 1: Finding Read the full article…

How not to tie up your cash in stock

Looking at the benchmark data for 2008-9 for those of you who make ‘stuff’ it looks to me like quite a few of you hold substantial amounts of stock. We reckon that holding too much stock is bad for cashflow, is a whole load of risk (there’s no guarantee you’ll sell it) and is not Read the full article…