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Newsletter Listing intro for week 51

Welcome to this festive edition of Friday Brief.

In Santa’s sack this week we’re announcing the special guests from the 2015 Annual Dinner and Award night – this year we have BBC Breakfast’s award winning business Presenter Steph McGovern hosting and comedian Mark Watson will be keeping us all entertained. Tables are selling fast, so get in quick or you may miss out the best manufacturing night out of the year!

A new edition of the MTA Economic Report is available to unwrap from our web-site and contains the usual round-up of data for the UK economy, including macro-economic indicators and industry level figures; this edition also includes a summary of our latest forecasts.

Similar to “bring a toy to school on the last day of term day”, this week we have a few fun surveys and questionaries’ we would like you to contribute to. If you have not filled out the MTA Member Survey yet, we would love to hear from you (and you can win an IPAD), we are also seeking your thoughts on Prompt Payment from customers, as well as your experiences with your broadband providers and the quality of the service they provide.

In other news we have a Notice to Exporters on updated controls on dual-use goods, software and technology, and the Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing has announced the dates for the 2015 Technology and Innovation Management three-day course.

In Economic news this week the main headline is the references in the Bank of England’s Agents report which point to the manufacturing sector easing generally, but it is important to highlight once again that all of the indicators are still positive, just not quite as strong as they have been earlier in the year.  There is no evidence in this report of any sort of actual downturn for the UK.

This is the final edition of Friday Brief for 2014 and we’ll be back on Friday 9th January.

From everyone at the MTA we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We will see you all in 2015.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

Bank of England Agents Summary of Business Conditions, December 2014:  The latest summary report from the Bank of England’s Agents shows an easing of growth in manufacturing output for the domestic market and a further slowing in export growth, but it is worth noting that both series remain positive, so they are not pointing to a contraction of business, only slower growth.  They highlight some comments that re-stocking of supply chains in the UK may be coming to an end and the sectors mentioned are mainly intermediate goods and parallel largely those highlighted in the man

Technology and Innovation Management course - Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 March 2015 – Jesus College, Cambridge

Technology and Innovation Management course - Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 March 2015 – Jesus College, Cambridge

The Institute for Manufacturing has announced the dates for the 2015 Technology and Innovation Management three-day course. This event is organised by the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge and will take place at Jesus College, Cambridge, on 24 – 26 March 2015.

Notice to Exporters 2014/31: EU Control List of dual-use items has been comprehensively updated:

Notice to Exporters 2014/31: EU Control List of dual-use items has been comprehensively updated:

Updated controls on dual-use goods, software and technology are expected to come into force on 31 December 2014. Read more about this important development:

Notice to Exporters 2014/31: EU Control List of dual-use items has been comprehensively updated

Read more Notices to Exporters

For general export control queries please contact the ECO Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or eco.help@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Evidence on Broadband for Business Needed!

Evidence on Broadband for Business Needed!

Are you valued by the people who supply your telephone and broadband systems?  Is your broadband connection good enough to meet your demands?  Can you get a decent mobile voice or 4G signal?

Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator, is urgently looking for strong evidence of how SME businesses are affected by the state of the nation's communication infrastructure - and how well they are looked after by their suppliers.

Prompt Payment Questionnaire:

Prompt Payment Questionnaire:

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) - an 'umbrella' organisation that represents manufacturing Trade Associations, including the MTA, is looking for evidence on Prompt Payment.

The government is planning on introducing measures to encourage prompt payment by obliging bigger companies to publicly report their payment performance. The measures will form an important part of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill and government has said that it will consult.

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MTA!

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MTA!

Have your say on the future of the membership services at the Manufacturing Technologies Association and win an IPAD!

At the MTA we are always keen to hear the views of our members, and we would really appreciate your input on the services we currently offer to members. Take part and help the shape of our future.

Follow the link below to take the survey and you will be entered in a draw to win an IPAD. The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

Annual Dinner 2015 Presenter Announced!

Annual Dinner 2015 Presenter Announced!

With a few tables remaining, we are delighted to announce our presenter and comedian for the 2015 Annual Dinner.

The evening, kindly sponsored by Lloyds Bank, will be hosted by BBC Breakfast’s award winning business presenter, Steph McGovern. Steph travels all over the UK to cover economic and business news for the BBC and since joining the show has broadcast live from over 200 businesses making it her mission to find out what’s going on in the real economy.