Good morning and welcome to the last Friday brief of January.
The first month of the year might have flown by at lightning speed, but we’ve still got plenty of news stories to help you unwind into the weekend.
Firstly, this week we launched the new MACH 2016 website, so make sure you head over to www.machexhibition.com to start getting excited about the UK’s top manufacturing exhibition.
Due to series of requests from members we are pleased to announce an extension of a further two weeks to get your entries in for the 2015 Manufacturing Industry Awards; all entries must now be received by 13/02/15. In MTA office news we’re pleased to welcome two new members of staff to the team with Tom Lane joining as PR and Communications Executive and Taylor Mander has joining as Clerical Assistant to the CEO.
Good news came out of South Yorkshire this week with the announcement of the development of the UK’s first advanced manufacturing innovation district planned for Sheffield and Rotherham. James Selka, CEO of the MTA, welcomed the announcement saying “The district will create an environment to educate, develop and nurture new talent and further enhance the UK’s reputation of being world leaders in advanced technology, by providing practical skills and experience.”
In further investment news the Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme will invest £1.5 million in grant funding to help English manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the civil nuclear sector. For further information about how to apply for F4N funding please visit http://namrc.co.uk/services/f4n/funding/ or download the F4N funding guide PDF http://namrc.co.uk//wp-content/uploads/2015/01/F4N-funding-call.pdf.
Also this week the All Party Manufacturing Group, of which the MTA is a member, is organising an “Exported by Britain” campaign. The MTA was there at the launch so check out the story website below for more details.
Here at the MTA we like to get involved in any new innovation and we’d like to encourage our members to attend the Factory 2050 conference taking place on 25th and 26th March at the Knowledge Transfer Centre, AMRC with Boeing, Rotherham, UK. And finally our market analysis, which this week focuses on UK GDP .
Thanks for reading and we’ll have plenty more news coming your way next Friday, until then enjoy your weekend.