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Welcome to the Friday Brief for 18 July 2014.
This week saw the MTA represented at two international trade shows. The Association took a stand at the inaugural EMTE-EASTPO in Shanghai which combined European and Chinese companies in one show. The event saw 650 exhibitors take part and over 14,000 visitors pass through the hall over the four day exhibition. Meanwhile, in Hampshire the MTA was also represented at the biennial Farnborough International Air Show.  A steady stream of company representatives visited the MTA stand to find out more about the Association and to enquire about membership.
The Prime Minister announced a reshuffle of the Coalition Government Cabinet this week. We have a report of the ministers concerned and their new portfolios. Also announced this week was the launch of the British Business House (BBH) for the start of the Commonwealth Games. The BBH will demonstrate British business expertise and highlight the UK’s investment potential to key audiences. The sectors highlighted will include: Digital Health; Agri-tech; Global Sport; Energy; Rail; Security; Space and Satellite Applications and on Opportunities in the Growth of African Cities. The event offers a unique and creative showcase, representing the ‘Best of British’ and offers space for high profile guests to hold one-to-one meetings and network.
We have details of practical workshops being held this autumn by The Institute for Manufacturing. They will be based on the latest research from the University of Cambridge and aim to increase skill levels to manage technology and innovation.
Finally, congratulations go to all the participants in the Inter-Association Golf Day that was held on 16 July. There is a story in this week’s Brief about the various Trophy winners and the success of the event.

Have a good weekend.

Inter-Association Golf Day

Inter-Association Golf Day

The annual Inter-Association Golf Day was held on 16 July at the Leicestershire Golf Club. The event proved to be a useful networking occasion and all participants had an enjoyable day.
Congratulations should go to the MTA team for winning the MACH Trophy. The Inter-Association Rose Bowl and the Kyal Trophy were both scooped by the European Association of Machine Tool Merchants (EAMTM). The Raistrick Trophy for the best  morning score in the over 55s category was taken by MTA member Brian Colwell.

British Business House

British Business House

During the start of the Commonwealth Games the British Business House (BBH) will demonstrate British business expertise and highlight the UK’s investment proposition to key audiences through a programme of daily sessions in a variety of formats, on sectors including Digital Health; Agri-tech; Global Sport; Energy; Rail; Security; Space and Satellite Applications and on Opportunities in the Growth of African Cities.

Reshuffle note

Reshuffle note

In one of the widest ranging reshuffles for years, David Cameron this week shaped the team that will lead the Government, and perhaps more particularly, the Conservative Party, into the next election. At BIS there were moves for both the senior Ministers of State, one rung below full cabinet level, with David Willets departing after over four years as Science Minister and Michael Fallon leaving after just under two. They will be replaced by Greg Baker and Matthew Hancock respectively.

MTA at Farnborough Air Show

MTA at Farnborough Air Show

The MTA’s participation in the biennial Farnborough International Air Show this week attracted many potential members to contact the Association. The MTA’s stand in Hall 1 saw a steady stream of company representatives visiting to find out more about the Association and the benefits of membership.
MTA member companies exhibiting on their own stands also reported a good level of interest from executives from the international aerospace manufacturing sector.
 

MTA at EMTE-EASTPO

MTA at EMTE-EASTPO

The MTA has been at the inaugural EMTE-EASTPO event in Shanghai this week. This is the show's first year as a combined venture bringing together both European and Chinese companies in the one show. The show hosted 650 exhibitors, including 2 of the 5 halls for the European exhibitors, and an estimated 14,000 people visited the show over the four days.