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.