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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.