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Joe Graham

July 30, 2021

Where’s my new car, it’s already three months late

So to set the scene, when you ordered your new shiny car you knew you may have to wait a…

Charlie Whelan

July 29, 2021

Manufacturing is still our beating heart

We were having a chat over an unlocked-down lunch earlier this week about which sectors we see as good for…

Oliver Hoade

July 29, 2021

The UK’s first gigafactories

This month, the UK’s first Gigafactory projects were unveiled to the public. Britishvolt’s factory in Northumberland will create around 300,000…

Chris Roberts

July 19, 2021

Increasing accessibility to 3D Printing

Like many of you I have seen the odd piece in the press and rarely seen a 3D printing machine…

Chris Roberts

July 2, 2021

A delicate balancing act in medical device manufacturing…

This month Polestar has been looking at ESG and environmental sustainability for medical device manufacturers is moving up the agenda….

Anusheh Khan

July 2, 2021

Manufacturing and Industrial H121 Valuation

Polestar’s latest report spotlights the UK manufacturing and industrial sector for H121, aggregate sector valuations and private market activity. We…

Oliver Hoade

May 27, 2021

The Manufacturing sector’s call for renewed government investment in apprenticeships

The manufacturing sector remains a high-growth core of Britain’s economic output, employing 2.7 million people and accounting for 45% of…

Chris Roberts

May 25, 2021

A swift recovery in Manufacturing

After a whirlwind of changes such as HSE requirements (Covid Secure), managing resource (staff in / staff off), finances –…

Anusheh Khan

April 22, 2021

Where have all the building supplies gone?

Introducing Project Shed Here at Polestar, we’re always interested in speaking to new clients and supporting new transactions. Sometimes, the…

Anusheh Khan

April 19, 2021

The new manufacturing innovations creating jobs in the UK

Last month, I wrote an article on how the UK is putting an emphasis on innovation in the manufacturing industry. The…

Richard Hall

April 19, 2021

Robot trends in 2021

Digital industrialisation is happening more and more in the manufacturing and industrial sector. To stay relevant, competitive, and efficient, more…

Anusheh Khan

March 29, 2021

Industry 4.0: Why smaller businesses need to digitize

Being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the UK is no stranger to industrial changes. With the start…

Charlie Whelan

March 18, 2021

Is test and trace really the most wasteful public spending programme ever?

When one of my kids said Test and Trace had cost £37,000,000,000 I thought I should fact check this obviously…

Oliver Hoade

February 16, 2021

The UK ambulance manufacturer that’s gone fully self-sufficient

UK Ambulance manufacturer, Venari Group, is the first of its kind to become fully self-sufficient, now carrying out all aspects…

Shaan Bharwani

December 23, 2020

Q420′ Manufacturing Public and Private Snapshot

UK Manufacturing continues to follow a V shaped recovery as key sectors of the economy re-open evidenced by strong data…

Chris Roberts

December 11, 2020

R&D boost for single-use plastic packaging

During 2020 we have all seen the exponential growth and importance of takeaway meals, convenience products and the consequential plethora…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 30, 2020

Software and Technology UK – Mid-Market Private Transactions Snapshot December 2020

Polestar brings you the first of our insights into the UK mid-market software and technology sector. This report provides a…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 30, 2020

What does the spending review mean for your manufacturing business?

The chancellor’s spending review was set out last week and with the significant government expenditure since March it was arguably…

Chris Roberts

November 27, 2020

ERP brings kaizen results to manufacturing…

Having worked in a warehouse as a student, managing stock and order fulfilment with a clip board, I always thought…

Chris Roberts

November 24, 2020

Health Warning – Calling all business owners who don’t have the luxury of a Work From Home workforce…..

Business owners and managers are juggling lots of balls at present, well in excess of a world pre-covid. We wanted…

Oliver Hoade

October 28, 2020

The future of manufacturing jobs

A recent report published by The World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs 2020, delves into the ways in which our increasing…

Charlie Whelan

October 27, 2020

Export boost to power UK manufacturing to top of world stage

Polestar works with manufacturers across numerous verticals such as  precision engineers, defence, electronics and building materials. One thing they all…

Shaan Bharwani

October 22, 2020

Rise and fall of 3D printing

In today’s world we live in an age of disruption with every week seemingly presenting a cool new technology, platform…

Charlie Whelan

October 22, 2020

The Rise of the AI-Powered Company in the Post-Crisis World

There is so much talk about AI.  But what are the practical steps you can take to join the AI…

Charlie Whelan

October 19, 2020

The amorals of AI vs Human dignity

As a teenager in the 1980’s I grew up on a diet of Terminator, Robocop and of course Michael Knight…

Chris Roberts

October 1, 2020

Online sales, the demand for sustainable packaging and ESG awareness

Thanks to Food & Drink companies, particularly those that have had to pivot towards B2C (home deliveries),  there is a…

Charlie Whelan

September 1, 2020

The Pilot, August 2020 – Back to school? Hopefully for HM Treasury

‘Back to school’ means different things to different people. For my youngest, it means seeing his friends at school for…

Oliver Hoade

August 27, 2020

How cool is your house?

The recent heatwave over here in the UK had me thinking about the way our homes our built and how…

Chris Roberts

August 14, 2020

The importance of being persistent

A year ago in August, I started a mad Swiss cycle event at 5am in pretty miserable conditions. Poor weather…

Charlie Whelan

August 3, 2020

CBILS and beyond

Businesses need cash at the moment whatever their shape, size or background. The old adage that cash is king has…

Bhavik Borkhatria

July 31, 2020

Is building resilient businesses more important that ever?

With the world becoming increasingly integrated, the global pandemic has shown the significant fragilities within our supply chains that have…

Oliver Hoade

July 31, 2020

Now is the time for us to get our fingers green

Now is the time for the UK’s economy to be rebuilt upon green foundations, says a recent report by The…

Chris Roberts

May 29, 2020

Energy & Positivity in the face of adversity…..

Given the circumstances that have impacted people, friends, family and businesses around the globe, you can’t fail to admire the…

Charlie Whelan

May 28, 2020

Manufacturing our road to recovery

MADE UK has this month prepared a great document outlining what manufacturing needs to fully recover from the Covid-19 situation….

Charlie Whelan

May 28, 2020

Remember Brexit?

Moley-like we emerge blinking in the sunlight out of our houses, and, as we travel to the river, beach or…

Charlie Whelan

March 30, 2020

Lock-down? A price worth paying or hysteria?

There has been almost universal support for the lock-down by the political, scientific and journalistic classes. However not everyone agrees….

Sandy Ritchie

March 29, 2020

Rapid, portal COVID 19 testing technology approved in the US

As the world is gripped ever more tightly by the COVID 19 pandemic, the fight against the virus is being…

Charlie Whelan

March 29, 2020

Big society and a big state? We will remember those who treat us well, and badly.

There is a new norm, and whilst it appears to a have happened in the blink of an eye, maybe…

Oliver Hoade

March 28, 2020

Smart nappies from smart people

With a pandemic sweeping the globe, stock markets faltering, and enforced social distancing now in full effect in many countries,…

Charlie Whelan

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020

Here is a note that we sent to Sequoia founders and CEOs  earlier this week to provide guidance on how…

Richard Hall

March 6, 2020

Crumpet and Ale

Surveying more positive news, Warburton has come up with a solution to cut waste, brewing beer from crumpet that, to…

Oliver Hoade

February 27, 2020

Coronavirus’ threat to the global supply chain

The seemingly inexorable advance of coronavirus across the planet has reached new heights in the last week; Iran and Italy…

Oliver Hoade

January 31, 2020

What can additive manufacturing add to your business?

Until recently, much of component manufacturing has been subtractive based – taking a large amount of material and removing excess…

Oliver Hoade

January 31, 2020

Are we wasting our waste plastic?

As the focus of both consumers and producers shifts ever more towards sustainability and creating a circular production economy, a…

Bhavik Borkhatria

January 30, 2020

Brexit – Reasons to be cheerful – 1, 2, 3

In the aftermath of the UK general elections, we begin to focus our attention on the rhetoric which ultimately led…

Bhavik Borkhatria

January 30, 2020

The fast-changing consumer goods work force?

A consumer’s purchasing journey has significantly evolved in the last decade, propelled by the evolution of the internet and social…

Oliver Hoade

January 8, 2020

To-quil-a plastic straw

The year 2020 signals the start of a new decade and, with it, likely an ever increasing emphasis on environmental…

Sandy Ritchie

December 12, 2019

The drive for sustainable packaging

For the last couple of years, we have been working with a number of packaging companies and a key trend…

Oliver Hoade

November 27, 2019

Is British manufacturing really in decline?

Fears of Brexit and a new general election have caused some to question the relevance and longevity of the British…

Oliver Hoade

October 29, 2019

Weirdly sustainable fashion part 2: seaweed nappies

We’ve seen pineapple shoes. We’ve seen rugs made from rice. Today I bring you seaweed nappies. Luisa Kahlfeldt – a…

Charlie Whelan

October 29, 2019

For how long can we offshore CO2 emissions?

Extinction Rebellion has brought the climate urgency into sharp focus.  Even my partner and kids are talking about reducing waste…

Oliver Hoade

October 23, 2019

How photogrammetry highlights a new-wave development ethos

The topic of photogrammetry has come up frequently during research for a client recently and, given its interesting nature and…

Oliver Hoade

September 24, 2019

The state of workplace automation in 2019

Fears surrounding automation in the workplace have been present since the industrial evolution and the evidence shows AI is coming…

Sandy Ritchie

September 24, 2019

Speciality chemicals drive sustainability

The past week has seen remarkable scenes, with Extinction Rebellion protests taking place across the world causing wide scale disruption,…

Bhavik Borkhatria

September 23, 2019

Harnessing technology in manufacturing

The benefits of technology in the manufacturing industry are significant. From Industry 4.0 to automation, technology is having a serious…

Oliver Hoade

August 21, 2019

The skills gap

A recent report by the National Centre for Universities and Business identified the growing gap between the skills taught in…

Oliver Hoade

July 30, 2019

Are cars made from plants our best shot at reducing their carbon footprint?

First we brought you shoes made from plants, now why not your cars, too? More specifically, certain car components made…

Oliver Hoade

June 13, 2019

Should you have the right to repair your phone?

Anyone who’s ever cracked their phone screen or had to replace a faulty laptop battery will know how expensive gadgets…

Oliver Hoade

June 13, 2019

Weirdly sustainable fashion: pineapple shoes and rugs made of rice

Have you ever looked at your shoes and wished they were made of pineapple husks? I know I have –…

Charlie Whelan

June 13, 2019

Rethinking supply chains in a time of uncertainty

So many of Polestar’s clients share the confusion over Brexit and supply chains.  So, I thought I would see what…

Oliver Hoade

June 6, 2019

Home of the future or glorified caravan?

Strap on your tin foil hats and pack up your over-sized backpacks because we’re going off-the-grid. PassivDom is the latest…

Oliver Hoade

May 26, 2019

What next for Huawei?

Who can have missed the tech news of the month, even pushing Brexit off the front page!  Chinese tech Goliath,…

Oliver Hoade

May 17, 2019

Fast fashion Britain

With Brexit bringing uncertainty to almost every sector in the UK market it may come as a surprise to learn…

Charlie Whelan

May 7, 2019

MAKE UK – Economic Monthly Briefing – May 2019

MAKE UK, the Manufacturers organisation have just released their May Monthly briefing.  For the full document please click the link…

Oliver Hoade

May 3, 2019

To adopt early or not to adopt early? That is the question

Pioneering a new avenue of business is a risky game, no matter what sector you might be in. The rewards,…

Charlie Whelan

April 25, 2019

World leader of autonomous vehicle testing wins two Queens awards simultaneously

Polestar is delighted to announce that its friends at rFpro have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise with…

Oliver Hoade

April 18, 2019

The big cheese of the cheese industry

Barber’s, based in Somerset, is one of the world’s largest cheese producers. After a tripling of both its turnover and…

Oliver Hoade

April 8, 2019

Growing food out of thin air?

AeroFarms, an American company founded in New Jersey, is a pioneer in aetopoinc farming – farming where, instead of plants…

Nischal Neupane

April 7, 2019

Traditional businesses turning to tech m&a to stay competitive?

Bridgestone’s acquisition of TomTom has increased its offering to include telematics services. Having started life as a tyre producer, it…

Charlie Whelan

March 21, 2019

Exports rise in spite of Brexit woes

Its great to see that many UK manufacturers are thriving despite the background mood music.  Private equity and lenders are…

Oliver Hoade

March 6, 2019

Could Brexit signal the end of the UK’s ceramics renaissance?

The ceramics industry appears less fragile than you might think at first glance, with British manufacturing booming. Employing more than…

Oliver Hoade

March 6, 2019

Is a plastic tax the best route to sustainability?

Following the outcry of public support, the government is looking to introduce a new tax on ‘bad plastics’ in a…

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