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Newsletter Listing intro for week 48

This week the General Assembly of CECIMO met in Izmir, Turkey. The latest Europe wide figures for the machine tool industry paint a similar, stable, picture to our own. There is significant weakness in the south of the continent but this is offset by growth in export markets.

The successful export performance confirms the competitiveness of European machine tools as Martin Kapp, the President of CECIMO, told delegates,  “Due to the weak domestic markets, the European machine tool industry’s near future growth prospects are based on high foreign orders’ intake and strong demand in Asian, North and South-American markets.”

Commenting on the EU’s Industrial Policy, Mr Kapp declared: “The Commission’s target to increase the GDP’s share of manufacturing in the EU from 16% to 20% by 2020 is a quantitative expression of Europe’s reindustrialisation goal. It underlines a long-term commitment to help prepare Europe’s manufacturing base for the future.”

Next week sees the Chancellor deliver the Autumn Statement, he’s been urged to publish a similar target for the UK to make a reality of the rebalancing that everyone wishes for.

In this week’s Friday Brief we also have news of a free mentoring scheme for business people, a last call for UKTI Grants for SMEs wanting to exhibit at IMTEX (we processed one just this week so they are still available) and sadly a warning on scam exhibition listings.

Geoff Noon also publishes the monthly economic report which rounds up figures and indicators from across the UK economy.

Have a good weekend.

Develop your mentoring skills for free

Develop your mentoring skills for free

Get Mentoring is a Government funded initiative delivering free mentor training to thousands of business people with the hope that they will go on to volunteer a small amount of their time supporting a new or growing business.

Everyone that completes the short training course receives a SFEDI Certificate of Recognition, two year's free membership of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs (www.ioee.co.uk) and information about mentoring opportunities across the UK.

UKTI grant for IMTEX

UKTI grant for IMTEX

IMTEX,  the Indian Metal-Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition with international participation, will be held between 24 - 30 January 2013 in Bangalore.

SMEs can apply for the UKTI grant subvention for exhibiting at the show either independently or with their agents, distributors or regional office. The deadline for applications will close shortly.

For further information please contact Karen Finegold on kfinegold@aol.com or 01923 828 991.

Latest South East Asia Bulletin

Latest South East Asia Bulletin

Members doing business in South East Asia, or those who would like to expand into that market, may find the latest bulletin from the UK-ASEAN Council and UKTI informative.

There are business opportunities and exhibitions listed as well as some useful success stories. Importantly there are also the contact details for the UKTI Posts covering the ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and Malaysia).

You can download the full newsletter here Mike.Qureshi@ukti.gsi.gov.uk