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Newsletter Listing intro for week 50

Hello and welcome to the penultimate Friday Brief of 2012.

As the old year draws to close the Brief focusses on the calendar for the New Year which is already taking shape. The first major event in January is Autosport and we have details of how you can use the show to get in touch with foreign buyers with the help of UKTI. The MTA’s events calendar opens with our event at the AMRC on the 30th of January; this is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in one of manufacturing’s busiest new project hubs, as well as about some of the latest Education and Training developments we’re getting involved in here.

Looking a bit further forward, the Annual Gala Dinner is on the 27th March and bookings are already coming in thick and fast. Last year we sold out so book early to avoid disappointment. The evening will also see the presentation of the Manufacturing Industry Awards – entries are now open in all categories so take a look and see if your company, or perhaps one of you partners or customers could take the chance to shine.

We have details of Government schemes for getting people back to work and for providing money to SMEs for training, as well as the latest from Brussels on the Eco Design Directive.

Geoff Noon rounds up the week’s economic data and features a report on China. Finally we have a challenge to foil bicycle thieves. NESTA are holding a competition, with a £50,000 prize, to find the most innovative product idea to make your bike more secure – good luck!

Have a good weekend.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

European Industrial Production, October 2012:  Firstly a reminder that industrial production in the European context covers the output from the manufacturing and energy sectors.  The latest data from Eurostat shows that industrial production in the euro-zone fell by -1.4% compared to September, with a reduction of -1.0% for the EU27 as a whole.  Compared to October 2012, output fell by -3.6% in the euro-zone and by -3.1% for the EU27.

Innovation challenge

Innovation challenge

Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, is currently running the ‘Hands Off My Bike!’ challenge.  The competition calls on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough innovations to make it more difficult to steal bikes and have the potential to increase the numbers of people cycling in the UK.

SEMTA offers SMEs £1k Grant

SEMTA offers SMEs £1k Grant

SEMTA, the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, is offering  £1000 grants to advanced manufacturing and engineering SMEs who take on an unemployed graduate.

SEMTA can help recruit and train apprentices and graduates, skill up a firm’s workforce and improve supply chains. The Council addresses the sectors’ skills needs, providing expert support to improve performance and growth.

Eco Design Directive

Eco Design Directive

Many members have been following the developments of the Eco Design Directive as it is applied to Machine Tools. They may be interested to read the latest working paper from the EU Commission which looks at the Directive as a whole. The document (below) is update on the progress of the Directive as it gets spread across an ever widening range of industrial and consumer products.

The Work Programme

The Work Programme

The CBI and Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) have produced a new guide that sets out the benefit to businesses of engaging with the Government’s employment scheme, The Work Programme. This can be downloaded below.

Evidence suggests that many employers are not aware of the programme, what it could offer them or how to get in touch with providers who operate in their area.

To discuss the scheme further please contact Alex van Besouw at the CBI on: alex.vanbesouw@cbi.org.uk or on 0207 395 8293.

Annual Dinner - 27th March 2013

Annual Dinner - 27th March 2013

The Annual Dinner will be held on 27th March 2013 at the ICC Birmingham. Book your space(s) here.

The Annual Dinner has always been a high point of the year, an opportunity to entertain clients, customers and colleagues as well as catch up with old friends and meet new faces. Guests will enjoy excellent food and wine in a convivial setting. The dinner also hosts the MTA's Manufacturing Industry Awards.