Several MTA members were represented this week at the third annual Manufacturing Summit organised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The event has become an established forum, with senior Ministerial participation and the discussions ranging wide.
News of a new round of bids for funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative was announced at the Summit. Details of this opportunity form a separate story in this week’s Friday Brief.
Topics discussed included: technology and innovation; access to finance; the promotion of manufacturing as a career and progress to support manufacturing exports.
Other developments highlighted in this week’s Friday Brief include online booking going live for the MTA and Warwick Manufacturing Group’s seminar on additive manufacturing for the automotive sector. This event is an excellent opportunity for SME’s to network with leading OEMs in the field and update their market knowledge.
Many members completed last year’s Institute of Export International Trade survey; particularly at MACH 2012 where the MTA hosted them on our stand. The 2013 survey is now open and will provide invaluable data about UK exporters and their needs.
Don’t forget to vote in the MTA’s Manufacturing Industry Awards to be presented at the Annual Dinner, as the closing date of 15 March is fast approaching and the competition is hotting up.
Have a good weekend.