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Newsletter Listing intro for week 41

The MTA celebrated the Centenary of the MACH Exhibition and the launch of MACH 2014 this week. The celebration event at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry attracted over 130 guests and was a fitting tribute to MACH’s role in showcasing the advances in manufacturing technology over the past one hundred years.

Places are filling up fast at the MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar on 8 November at the International Digital Laboratory on the campus of the University of Warwick’s. This is always a popular event so do not delay making your booking.

This week saw the end of the Party Conference season. The MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell attended each of the three main parties’ conferences and gives his assessment of the debates as they effect the manufacturing sector.

UKTI is very active at present promoting its services to business and particularly exporters. In this week’s Friday Brief an overview of the Asia Task Force events around the country in the coming week is highlighted. The organisers have streamlined the events to make them easier for key executives short of time to attend.

Other initiatives linked to UKTI include the China Britain Business Council and a webinar on doing business with the manufacturing sector in India. We have details of both these opportunities.

Details of a special report looking at the challenges facing the SME sector written by Kingston Smith is considered together with the usual weekly review of economic statistics.

Have a good weekend.

Party Conference report

Party Conference report

The annual party conferences this year were relatively low key affairs. In large part that was an understandable product of the time in the electoral cycle. We are now in the middle of a fixed term parliament and all parties are keeping their powder dry for the months and years to come. It was also a product of the straightened circumstances that all the party leaders have found themselves in over the last twelve months – frankly for all three a no score draw represented a good result. By and large they all got their wish.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK Index of Production, August 2012:  The latest data on industrial output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a sharp reduction in August with manufacturing output falling by -1.1% compared to July.  However, we have always preferred to look at the 3-month moving trend as individual monthly data can be volatile, although of course, it will have an impact on that trend.  It is also worth pointing out that June was a relatively weak month for manufacturing and it falls in the same 3-month period as August.

Report gives lessons for SMEs

Report gives lessons for SMEs

Business advisers and accountants Kingston Smith have just launched a key document highlighting opportunities and pitfalls for small and medium sized enterprises. The online report entitled Success in Challenging Times: Key Lessons for UK SMEs draws on  Kingston Smith’s experience in this sector and can be accessed through the following link:

UK government offers discounted export service

UK government offers discounted export service

The tailored research and support available from the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) is being offered at a 50% discount to new users of the OMIS in high growth markets. The OMIS delivers its service on behalf of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and typically provides: market and sector reports; meeting arrangements; market research and the identification of potential partners.

MTA Annual Forecast Seminar

MTA Annual Forecast Seminar

The MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar will take place this year on 8 November at Warwick Manufacturing Group’s International Digital Laboratory on the University of Warwick’s Campus, just outside Coventry. Once again the world renowned consultancy Oxford Economics will be producing the forecast, an unrivalled resource for business planning. Attendance is £65 and you can book your place using our on-line booking form.

Asia Task Force gears up

Asia Task Force gears up

Expanding business in Asian markets will be given a boost next week through three focused events designed for key decision makers from UK companies.
The Technology, Innovation and Events Directorate of UK Trade & Investment has streamlined the programmes to optimise the opportunities for networking and access to more than 30 experts. The three events are: