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It’s been a busy week and there are many upcoming events in May of direct interest to MTA members. UKTI is being particularly active on the export front, with Export Week running from 13 -17 May. There are a wide variety of events and this week’s Friday Brief includes details of a range that UKTI is promoting. Of particular interest is the Meet the Ambassadors event on 16th May. We have a separate notice about this event as members interested in attending might wish to nominate which of the British ambassadors from high growth countries they would like to hear from in more detail. Places are limited so do check out this opportunity.

The latest of the MTA’s regular meetings with Business Secretary Vince Cable took place on Monday. The MTA was represented by President Mark Ridgway, Immediate Past President Simon Pollard, Director General Graham Dewhurst and Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell. Once again Capital Allowances were on the agenda, and the MTA was pleased to be able to confirm that the uprating of the Annual Investment Allowance announced in the Autumn Statement had been well received by the market.

Apprenticeships were another revisited issue and the MTA outlined the Employer Ownership of Skill bid that we have made with the University of Sheffield  AMRC. This initiative is very much in line with Government thinking on apprenticeship development – as we saw when the Deputy Prime Minister attended the launch.

We also have a reminder this week about entries for the MTA’s Technology, Design & Innovation Challenge which must be received by 24 May. Do contact any school or college where you have connections to remind them of the deadline.

Quite a few members will have known the late Alastair Graham-Bryce, not least through his involvement in Imagineering. The IMechE is hosting a lecture in his memory on the 12 June with an award for a significant contribution to encouraging young people into engineering, for which nominations are sought. 

Have a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Scam Warning

Scam Warning

Some businesses have reported receiving an official looking letter from a German company asking for a form to be completed to include their VAT registration number.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, April 2013:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) picked up a little in April, but at 49.8 (it had been 48.6 in March), it is still below the crucial 50 level that marks the border between expansion (above 50) and contraction (below 50) in the sector.  There was a modest increase in orders, with export business improving from the Americas, the Middle East and Australia and a small improvement in production volumes;  the growth in output was concentrated mainly in investment and consumer goods sectors.  Manufacturing jobs fell again with cuts in the Int

UKTI Trade Challenge Partner Workshop

UKTI Trade Challenge Partner Workshop

As a UKTI Enhanced Accredited Trade Organisation, the MTA was invited to take part in their first Trade Challenge Partner Workshop on Tuesday at Westminster.

The morning featured keynote Speeches from Lord Green, Minster of State for Trade & Investment and Margot James MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Trade and Investment. The message to UK companies is clear; we should not fear exporting.

UKTI promotes business development

UKTI promotes business development

UK Trade & Industry have a number of opportunities coming up including Export Week – High Growth Markets 13-17 May 2013 that can help you to access new markets or develop your international trade potential.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of these events and market visits, click on the links and register your interest directly.

Meet the ambassadors

Meet the ambassadors

Meet the Ambassadors and access High Value Opportunities on Thursday 16th May 2013, as part of UKTI Export Week.
The event will be between 13.30 - 16.30 (followed by networking drinks reception) at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London, SW1X 7LA.

Additive automotive manufacturing

Additive automotive manufacturing

The MTA is pleased to announce that its next half day seminar on Thursday 13 June will be reviewing how SME’s with expertise in 3D printing can contribute to the automotive manufacturing supply chain. The event will feature a presentation by James Buchanan, Product Development Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. The event will also be useful for other businesses thinking of entering additive manufacturing in other fields.

MTA meets Business Secretary

MTA meets Business Secretary

This week saw the latest of the MTA’s regular meetings with Business Secretary Vince Cable. The MTA was represented by President Mark Ridgway, Immediate Past President Simon Pollard, Director General Graham Dewhurst and Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell. A wide range of topics was covered, some brought to the table by the MTA and some at the initiative of Dr Cable.