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Newsletter Listing intro for week 48

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 29 November.

Next week sees the MTA’s AGM, held at Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre on the 4th December. As well as your chance to take part in your Association the event is an opportunity to hear over lunch from one of our sector’s most insightful figures, Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Director of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University.  Sign up for the event below.
The Manufacturing Industry Awards is an outstanding opportunity to showcase your company’s achievements. Entries have been coming all week in advance of today’s closing date, but yesterday several entrants reported problems with the online entry form. The gremlins have now been fixed, but to give anybody who might have tried to get their entry in yesterday a chance, we are extending the deadline for one week to the 6th December.

The Awards will be adjudicated by an expert panel and presented at the MTA’s Annual Dinner at the ICC Birmingham on the 6th February. Tables for the Dinner are going fast (have you got your booking in yet?), so shortlisted entrants will be assured valuable publicity in front of a large audience drawn from across UK manufacturing.

This week saw the publication of the cross-party Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) report into the culture of manufacturing in the UK. The report called on Government to do more to help SMEs to engage with the support packages and business development programmes that are on offer. It also highlighted the need to create and foster a pro-investment culture in UK manufacturing and to restructure key interactions between manufacturing businesses and policymakers.  A download to the Report is included in this week’s Friday Brief.
The half-yearly MTA Economic Report is published this week and is available to members on the MTA website. As usual the Friday Brief contains this week’s round up of economic news including the second estimate of GDP from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirming that the UK economy grew by +0.8% compared to the 2nd quarter of the year.

Have a good weekend.
 

BOST Open House

BOST Open House

The BOST Machine Tools Company is holding Open Days on 12 and 13 December at its facility in Northern Spain to view a variety of machine tools.
BOST has negotiated special rates with hotels in San Sebastian and will arrange transfers from Bilbao airport. There will be a chance to network with senior staff from BOST and attend specially arranged dinners in the historic city of San Sebastian.
We have just been informed of these Open Days (the closing date for which is 29 November). Anyone interested should contact: McDowell Machine Tool Solutions Ltd

Measurement excellence

Measurement excellence

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is running an initiative called ‘Measurement Excellence’. The initiative aims to understand how the HVM Catapult centres can meet the demands of industry around measurement through community, systems and processes, people and skills or R&D projects.
 
It would be very helpful if you could fill out the survey below, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.  Please also forward the link to anyone else to whom you think it may be relevant.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK GDP, 3rd Quarter 2013:  The second estimate of GDP published this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the UK economy grew by +0.8% compared to the 2nd period of the year and that the annualised rate of growth is +1.5%.  On this occasion, there have been no revisions to earlier data - that will come with the national accounts data which is due to be released just before Christmas.

Investment culture criticised

Investment culture criticised

Wednesday saw the publication of a new report which warned that UK manufacturing is being prevented from becoming ‘wholly competitive’ by a national industrial culture that discourages companies from investing in vital long-term business drivers such as skills development and technological innovation.

21 Century Manufacturing Challenges

21 Century Manufacturing Challenges

Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University will speak on the challenges manufacturing faces in the 21st Century at the MTA’s AGM to be held at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre on 4th December.
Mike Gregory started his career as a machine tool industry manager and is now a leading voice in manufacturing engineering. He founded the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and is widely acknowledged as one of the most respected thinkers on the future of manufacturing.

Awards deadline extended

Awards deadline extended

Do not let your business miss out on the free publicity associated with entering the MTA’s Manufacturing Industry Awards. The deadline for submitting Awards entries has now been extended to 6 December owing to a website malfunction in the past week.