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Newsletter Listing intro for week 45

Welcome to Friday Brief on Friday 7th November.

We start this week with an apology and clarification. You should have received your invitation to the House of Common Reception a few days ago and I would like to clarify that the event is on TUESDAY 2nd December (the 2nd is NOT a Wednesday as we stated in the letter). We would like to apologise for the oversight, and the confusion. That said, places are still available at both the AGM and the House of Commons Reception, so please RSVP to what will be two excellent events – more details below.

In our event round up this week we have the Midlands Imagineering Fair 2014 at Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena over the weekend – if you are nearby it is looking like it will be great fun for all the family and you should see a few familiar faces representing the MTA over both days. And don't forget to book your place at the MTA Annual Dinner 2015!

In a new weekly feature putting a spotlight on member services we have the Business Support Helpline – a free telephone advice line for members. And please take a moment to fill in the October Business survey, as we really want to hear from you.

The latest UKTI sector business opportunities catalogues are now available to download and they have produced a short film on the service too.

In the economic news this week we have two stories of interest.  The PMI for the UK manufacturing sector picked up in October, and although not yet back to where it was earlier in 2014, the reading of 53.2 is a positive number and the best for three months.  It is also interesting to note that the main change from September was an increase in the PMI for Investment Goods which has gone from bottom to top of the three main sectors.

The manufacturing output numbers are generally steady with a bit of a mixed picture across the 4 key industries that we track.  Most saw an improvement in September following a poor month in August – Metal Products managed the reverse! – but with the exception of Aerospace, output across the 3rd quarter as a whole was a little down on the 2nd period of the year.

As ever, please send any stories you would like to see included in Friday Brief to Olawson@mta.org.uk and we hope you have a fun packed weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, October 2014:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK recovered a little in October to stand at 53.2, its highest level for 3 months; this represents a healthy rate of growth for the sector, although it is worth noting that the acceleration is led by domestic demand, with export orders falling for the 2nd consecutive month – this seems to have been centred on the euro-zone, reflecting their subdued economic performance and unfavourable exchange rate movements.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER SERVICES: - Business Support Helpline:

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER SERVICES: - Business Support Helpline:

In the first of a new feature in Friday Brief, we’re taking a quick look at the many services available to you as a Member of the MTA. This week, the Business Support Helpline:

As a member of the MTA you have the benefit of free telephone advice across many business services, including:

• Tax
• VAT
• PAYE
• Payroll
• Employment and Personnel
• Health and Safety
• Commercial Legal

EPSRC At PRECISION FAIR 2014:

EPSRC At PRECISION FAIR 2014:

On Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November EPSRC will be present at the Precision Fair 2014 in Veldhoven.

During this exhibition, you have the opportunity to see numerous innovations. The conference program consists of 50 inspiring lectures about microprocessing, engineering, measuring and motion control. You can visit the exhibition and conference program free of charge.

Since this fair will welcome many visitors, we strongly advise you to register in advance.

MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception on TUESDAY 2nd December

MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception on TUESDAY 2nd December

You should have all received your invitation to the MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception this week and you may have noticed a tinny weeny error in the letter. To confirm, the 2nd of December is a TUESDAY, and the AGM and House of Commons Reception are on Tuesday 2nd December. Please accept our apologies for any confusion.

The AGM is your opportunity to have your say in the running of the MTA and what we do for you and should not be missed.

Book your place at the MTA Annual Dinner 2015! – Entertain and Network in Style

Book your place at the MTA Annual Dinner 2015! – Entertain and Network in Style

Spaces are filling up quickly so don’t delay in booking your place at this high profile industry event.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association Annual Dinner is a high point of the manufacturing calendar and next year it will be on 12 March 2015.

The biggest annual event of its type, each year it sees hundreds of senior people in engineering based manufacturing come together to celebrate the success of the industry in a friendly, convivial, environment.