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Newsletter Listing intro for week 39

Several new incentives for manufacturing businesses are highlighted in this week’s Friday Brief.

SEMTA, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing, has secured funding to encourage firms to take on graduate apprentices. The employment of graduates in the SME sector is relatively low and this funding seeks to help firms capitalise on this attractive source of talent. This week UKTI is launching its Export Week from 12 November. MTA members active in exporting could be promoted through events during the Week and an invitation to businesses thinking of exporting is also extended by UKTI.

Geoff Noon brings members up to date with the latest economic data related to the manufacturing sector.

There is a reminder about the MACH 100 Year Anniversary Celebration on 10 October at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry. There are a few places left for this free event so contact the MTA to avoid disappointment.

There are also details of three new members to the MTA and of the upcoming Open House event organised by Star Micronics.

Have a good weekend.

Cash incentive to take graduates

Cash incentive to take graduates

Grants are to be made available to small and medium sized manufacturing companies to support the employment and training of graduates.

Under its Employer Investment Fund (EIF) the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has awarded a contract to Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing to provide small and medium sized companies with the grants to support the employment and training of graduates.

Invitation to join Export Week

Invitation to join Export Week

UKTI is offering companies the chance to be involved in a series of events as part of its national Export Week.

The Department is willing to help promote company events as part of the national programme to encourage greater exporting performance and more businesses to export.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK National Accounts, 2nd Quarter 2012:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the UK National Accounts for the 2nd quarter of 2012 and with it a further, positive, revision of the GDP data as well as some changes to previous periods.

Welcome to new members

Welcome to new members

The MTA extends a very warm welcome to three new members:

Blackfast Chemicals specialise in the supply of chemicals for colouring of metal objects used in a diversity of industries.  Blackfast Chemicals points out that room temperature blacking enhances the appearance of any component and the blacked surface absorbs rust prevention oil or sealants, offering excellent corrosion protection. For more details contact: Jeanet Ostergaard at sales@blackfast.com  

Star’s Open House

Star’s Open House

Star Micronics will be hosting an Open House event at its UK Headquarters in Melbourne, Derbyshire between 16 and 18 October, 2012.

The Company will be showcasing a selection of its sliding headstock lathes and providing an exclusive demonstration of its new machine, the SR-20R IV.

The event will be relevant to all companies wishing to see the benefits of sliding head versus fixed head technology and the advantages in eliminating multiple operations.

Celebrate 100 years of exhibition history

Celebrate 100 years of exhibition history

One of the first priorities of the trade association which became the MTA was to organise the International Machinery & Engineering Exhibition in 1912. The event became a regular fixture over the next one hundred years, and was rebranded as MACH in 1976.

To celebrate the show’s achievements over the past century the MTA is holding a MACH 100 Year Anniversary Reception on 10 October 2012 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry. There are still a few spaces left at this free event.