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This week's briefing provides an insight into some MACH facts, figures and highlights including the visit from the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP. Dr Cable toured the show on the Thursday, met with a range of companies and attended a roundtable focussed on what our industry needs to propel it forward.
We also want to celebrate the achievements of both Joseph Rhodes and Renishaw who have been recognised in this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
From celebration to hard analysis, we have the latest updates from Oxford Economics, who have provided us with their market analysis and forecasts for the UK machine tool market. The findings of this research are included below.
Helping our members grow their businesses is one of the MTA's key objectives and in this week's brief we'd like to draw your attention to a conference organised by City and Financial focussed on winning business in Libya.
We'd also like to alert you to some new directives and papers to come from both HMRC and the EMF with regards to trade sanctions with Iran and the postponed Electromagnetic Fields Directive respectively.
There’s news from two of the MTA’s University members. Huddersfield University is looking for interested smaller businesses with a research need and Cranfield are hosting a National Manufacturing Debate, focussing on supply chain growth, on the 29-30 May.
The final item on this week's briefing is statistician Geoff Noon's comparison and assessment of the recent ONS GDP stats, CBI Industrial Trends Survey and the CECIMO trade report for our industry.
Have a good weekend, despite the weather.