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Welcome to the Friday Brief for 31 January 2014.
Looking ahead to MACH 2014, in this week’s brief we draw MACH exhibitors attention to the Exhibitor & Training Day which will be held at the NEC on 18 February. This is a valuable opportunity for exhibitors to learn how best to maximise their presence at the Exhibition and how to gain coverage in the trade press attending the event.
This week has seen attention focused on encouragements to UK industry to develop its overseas business and boost exports. UKTI’s launch this week of “Britain Open for Business: The Next Phase” represents the mid-term view of trade strategy. We have links to the document in this week’s Friday Brief.
UKTI has also sent us details this week of an important trade mission to Eastern Europe in March. Entitled “Emerging Europe : Mega Mission 2014” the trade mission will cover four rapidly developing cities in Eastern Europe and give excellent opportunities to visit companies and make local contacts. The application deadline has been extended to 10 February and is part subsidised by UKTI.
The MTA has been completing the final preparations this week for the Annual Dinner & Awards which will be held next Thursday at the ICC – Birmingham. We look forward to welcoming Members at what promises to be a really fantastic evening.
Finally, in this week’s economic review we have details of the ONS’s figures for the UK’s GDP in the fourth quarter of 2013 and Data from Eurostat  on European Business Investment and Profitability for  3rd Quarter 2013.

Have a good weekend.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK GDP, 4th Quarter 2013:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its preliminary estimate of activity in the UK economy in the final period of 2013;  it shows growth of +0.7% compared to the 3rd quarter and gives growth for the whole of 2013 of +1.9% which is the best since 2007.  Despite this, the UK economy overall is still 1.2 percentage points below where it was before the recession started in the 2nd quarter of 2008.

Britain Open for Business

Britain Open for Business

Last week saw the publication of UKTI’s new strategy ‘Britain Open for Business: The Next Phase’, a mid-term review of the trade strategy.

Business success in international markets is central to rebuilding our economy at home. This strategy sets out how the Government would provide practical support for exporters and inward investors over the five years from 2011 and identified four pathways for growth:

Emerging Europe

Emerging Europe

Would you like to know more about business opportunities in fast-growing markets only two hours from the UK?

Then join UKTI's new Minister Lord Livingston for the “Emerging Europe: Mega Mission 2014” programme on 2-7 March 2014 and take advantage of the growing demand for British products and services in Eastern Europe's burgeoning economies.

MACH 2014 Exhibitor Training Day

MACH 2014 Exhibitor Training Day

All MACH exhibitors are reminded that there is an Exhibitor Training Day scheduled for 18 February at the NEC – Birmingham.
The aim of the Day is to assist exhibitors make the most of their attendance at MACH and a number of speakers will be on hand to offer useful advice. The Day will start with registration at 0930 and the morning session will focus on media and PR opportunities. After lunch the afternoon session will be led by guest speaker Simon Naudi who will concentrate on how to get the most out of MACH.
Exhibitors wishing to attend should register by e-mailing: