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.