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.