Good afternoon and welcome to the first Friday Brief of September. For most of the country, having turned up late, summer seems to be intent on staying a little longer but for many this was the first week of ‘business-as-usual’ after the holiday period.
It was definitely back to work in Whitehall as David Cameron reshuffled his pack - we’ve Paul O’Donnell’s take on it below.
We had our own new beginning in Bayswater Road as Eric Beech joined us as PR Manager. Eric brings a wealth of experience from a range of roles, most recently at ADS the Aerospace, Defence and Security trade association and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Peter Marsh, the Financial Times Manufacturing Editor, is consistently worth reading on the subject. Over the summer he has published a book which covers a new perspective on global manufacturing.
We’ve got MTA stands coming up at the NDI Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyer event at the Ricoh Arena on the 12th of September and at the PPMA/TCT Show at the NEC on September 25th – 27th – so if you’re going to be there, look out for us.
A couple of weeks ago we sent out an email about the Annual Dinner. You’ll remember that this was to gauge attendees, so that we can book a larger hall at the same venue, the ICC, with confidence. Thanks to the members who have already completed the simple response, if you haven’t yet you can by clicking here www.mta.org.uk/annual-dinner-2013/poll.
There’s a great opportunity for networking sooner than that though at the 2012 MTA Golf Day. There are still a few spaces left, more details below.
On the technical side, there’s a call for abstracts to present at the 10th Lamdamap Annual Conference, more below.
The economic news this week is, for a change, mostly good. The PMI numbers were better than expected and there was confirmation of the strong growth in much of the advanced engineering sector that members have been reporting with the Machinery sector seeing output grow by +3.7% compared to the previous 3 months and +2.6% compared to a year ago: In Motor Vehicles and Aerospace, output expanded by +5.3% and +13.6% respectively.
Leaving on that cheery note, have a good weekend.