Skip to main content

Friday Brief Archive

2019

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 07

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2018

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2017

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2016

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2015

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2014

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2013

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 02

Week 01

2012

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 15

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Newsletter Listing intro for week 49

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 6 December.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was delivered this week. Of particular relevance for engineering based manufacturing were the increases in the budget and ambition for UK Export Finance. The additional support will see its commitment limit doubled and new effort going into promoting the Direct Lending and Working Capital schemes. There was also a commitment to undertaking a significant review of how UKTI works before next year’s budget statement.

The MTA was invited this week to a briefing on the shortage of engineers required to meet the needs of the UK’s manufacturing industry. The FT and BAE Systems hosted the briefing which highlighted a potential shortfall of 96,000 over the next four years and called for better careers advice on the sector to be made available to schools.

The economic news this week saw the UK PMI return the highest figures since February 2011. Production and new orders were also reported to be recording a 19 year high in November.

We have the story this week of the recent visit of HRH The Earl of Wessex to MTA member Renishaw plc to present the company’s 16th Queens Award for Enterprise. The Earl also made a 40th anniversary presentation to the Company’s co-founders Sir David McMurtry and John Deer.

There is also news of a one day conference on 22 January sponsored by UKTI entitled Meet the Mittelstand. We have full details in the Friday Brief.

Have a good weekend.
 

Beware Expo Guide

Beware Expo Guide

Members who are exhibiting at MACH 2014 should avoid replying to any requests from the Mexico based exhibitions directory “Expo Guide”. We have evidence that this offshore operation is starting to target exhibitors to MACH 2014. Do not reply to their letters inviting you to register in their directory. The approach is a scam and designed to trick you into a financial commitment.
The Expo Guide is currently writing to exhibitors so do please advise all your staff not to reply to their letters. The Expo Guide is not an official publication and has no connection with MACH 2014.

Meet the Mittelstand

Meet the Mittelstand

A one day conference exploring the success of Germany’s Mittelstand, the privately owned manufacturing and
technology focused companies, will be held on 22 January 2014 at the JCB Visitor Centre, Rocester. The event is supported by the UKTI and delegate discount will be available for MTA members.

The Mittelstand have been an outstanding success in Germany and have exported across the world. The Conference aims to explore the basis of this success and what lessons British companies can learn from the Mittelstand approach.

Renishaw co-founders honoured

Renishaw co-founders honoured

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited MTA member Renishaw plc on 26th November to present the company’s 16th Queens Award for Enterprise. HRH also made a 40th anniversary presentation to the Company’s co-founders Sir David McMurtry Chairman and Chief Executive, (left of picture)  and John Deer Deputy Chairman (centre of picture).

Future Engineering Talent

Future Engineering Talent

One of the biggest threats to the UK’s competitiveness is the shortage of skilled and engaged engineers; according to SEMTA, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, Britain will need to train 96,000 new engineers and scientists over the next four years - just to replace those who retire. And by 2050, recruitment specialist Randstad CPE predicts that there will be a shortfall of 36,800 qualified engineers.

Latest Economic Data

Latest Economic Data

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, November 2013:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK increased again in November and the reading of 58.4 is its highest level since February 2011.  The UK PMI has now signalled expansion for 8 consecutive months with the rate of growth in production and new orders at or near to 19-year highs!  Although the figures are not published, Markit report that the upturn is broad based with all of the sub-sectors covered by the survey showing expansion.

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement

For the last few years the format of the Chancellor’s set piece statements to the House of Commons has been that he had to report a diabolical set of economic figures and then put a gloss on them with announcements on tax and spending - sometimes not much of a gloss.