Hello and welcome to the Friday Brief for the 22nd February.
Today sees the announcement of the short lists for the coveted Manufacturing Industry Awards. Now it’s over to you to cast your votes to determine which companies will receive the awards at the MTA’s Annual Gala Dinner on the 27th March.
You can see the shortlists and learn about some great, innovative projects www.mta.org.uk/awards/vote-now. Good luck to all the shortlisted companies and commiserations to applicants who missed out this time in some very strong fields.
Today is also the day of the second ballot for MACH 2014 space. Applications for space from MTA member companies are up over 25% on the last exhibition’s figures, which bodes really well for 2014.
This week national media attention has focussed on the UK’s largest ever Trade Mission to India which was led by the Prime Minister and featured MTA President Mark Ridgway. And we have important news for exporters too. There are two Government sponsored meetings coming up on Export Control issues, including one that will particularly focus on regulations for Machine Tools, read all about it below.
The financial landscape is changing as various Government schemes aimed at boosting the availability of finance for companies to grow kick in. We have a new guide to the Bank of England’s “Funding for Lending Scheme” and a helpful round up of other initiatives out there from BIS.
Have a good weekend.