Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
First and foremost the MACH 2014 Website has gone live this week, so you can get up to date news and other information such as floor plans at www.machexhibition.com.
The next few days are your last chance to enter the annual Manufacturing Industry Awards, a great opportunity to get publicity for your company. Details below.
We’ve news on a range of other events coming up too. Firstly, put the 23rd April 2013 in your diaries for a fascinating seminar that the MTA is jointly holding with Warwick Manufacturing Group on access for SMES to new technology in the automotive sector.
Then there are two events in the Midlands looking at getting into the fast growing Chinese market for clean technologies – if you’ve followed recent news about smog in Beijing you’ll appreciate how important that market could be.
Further south than China are the fast growing economies of Southeast Asia. If you’d like to dip your company’s toes into those markets, then UKTI are running a scheme to help.
Closer to home this week has also seen the launch of the MTA’s annual TDI Challenge competition for secondary school students. So if you know any budding engineers out there doing their GCSEs or A Levels get them to take a look.
We’re keen to get as many companies as possible taking part in our monthly business survey. Participation rates hit new heights at the end of last year, which is great news because as well as feeding information back to those who take part, it really enables us to build our evidence base when talking to people in Westminster, Whitehall and the City.
Last but by no means least we have the week’s economic news which contains strong year-end figures for Capital Goods and Aerospace.
Have a good weekend.