Some vague details have appeared in the press of a 'FabLab' opening in Manchester later this year. It sounds like a low-volume, general manufacturing plant. I'm imagining some CAM and 3D printers. This could be very exciting if it goes ahead.
News article: http://opensource.sys-con.com/node/940106
The main backers seem to be manufacturinginstitute.co.uk although there aren't many more details on there yet.