Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
We’ve had a great week here at the MTA, which started off with the team winning recognition at the Association Excellence Awards, which took place in London last Friday (27th February). We were delighted to receive the Best Association Exhibition Award for MACH 2014. It is a great recognition of the events success and a huge tribute to all of our exhibitors too. So thank you.
The MTA are pleased to announce the date for our first clay pigeon shoot. This event will be held at Doveridge Clay Sports in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Thursday 21st May. To register your interest please fill in the online booking form http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-clay-pigeon-shoot-booking-form Or contact Taylor Mander in the MTA office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Birmingham's Machining Research Group is hosting a free seminar on Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components. The event takes place on Thursday 19th March and is hosted by Mazak at its European HQ and manufacturing plant at Worcester.
This year, MTA is organising the Annual Conference of the European Cutting Tool Association (ECTA). This prestigious event will take place on 29th May at the DoubleTree by Hilton, London Westminster Hotel and will feature a full day conference and a Gala Dinner in the House of Commons, with a full supporting programme. Email email@example.com for more details.
The MTA has long had connections with Britain’s armed forces and we are delighted to be asked to sign up to the armed forces corporate covenant. The armed forces covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community. The corporate covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.
National Apprenticeship Week kicks off next week - running from 9th to 13th March this year, celebrating the amazing work that employers, apprentices and trainees are doing around the country and encouraging more businesses and young people to join them.
The Economic News is generally good with the UK PMI moving in the right direction, although there is a note of caution in that this is domestically driven and export orders are faltering. In part this is reflected in the euro-zone figures, although with the main exception of France which seems to be taking over the mantle of the “sick-man of Europe”, the news there was not too bad with Ireland especially strong and the rest of the world is a mixture of modest gains and relatively minor weakness, with a handful of countries (Czech Republic, USA and Poland) growing strongly. Moving back to the UK economy, the revised GDP numbers were broadly the same as in the initial estimate and the main news this month was the small fall in business investment at the end of 2014 which was attributed mainly to a fall in spending in the oil & gas sector and on transport equipment – the latter is probably due to some changes in emissions regulations last September which may well have drawn forward spending on commercial vehicles, to earlier in the year.
And that is all for this week, have a great weekend and we hope to see many of you at our Annual Dinner and Awards at the ICC in Birmingham next Thursday.