Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 20 September.
First feedback from those attending the EMO Exhibition in Hannover this week has been favourable with the exhibition halls being particularly busy on Wednesday and Thursday. The MTA supported British exhibitors at the event and played a leading role with the UKTI in organising the British Visitors Lounge where German and British companies could discuss current trends and new business opportunities. We will have a full story of the event in next week’s Friday Brief.
Looking ahead to future exhibitions we have news this week of the EMTE – EASTPO Exhibition in Shanghai 14-17 July 2014, this event is endorsed by CECIMO. Also, the first of six new business centres opened in India this week. We have a link to the opening ceremony and further details of how British businesses could benefit from these new centres.
The importance given to establishing apprenticeships is never far from members attention and we have heartening news of local support in Yorkshire for an apprenticeship offered at 600 UK in Heckmondwike. However, there is a timely reminder from MTA service supplier Croner about the legal implications of taking on an apprentice.
Don’t forget the next Members Quarterly Meeting will be on 9 October and will be held at SECO’s UK Headquarters in Alcester. Later in the month the MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar will take place on 22 October, the venue for which will be Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester. Finally, the MTA’s Annual Dinner will take place at the ICC Birmingham on 6 February 2014.
Have a good weekend.