Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief
The MTA are delighted to announce that we have been reaccredited as a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner. As well as offering TAP funding for members looking to attend overseas shows, at a number of which the MTA will be hosting a pavilion, there are a number of other options for helping Members with exporting.
TAP subsidies are available for FEIMAFE, the International Machine Tools and Integrated Manufacturing Systems Trade Fair which will take place between 18 - 23 May 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. If you want to be part of the event contact the MTA by Tuesday 31st March as the cut off is upon us. For further details please contact email@example.com.
This week saw the launch of the MTA’s biennial survey of service engineers charges. Most relevant companies will have received the forms by email already and the response so far has been brisk
and we would encourage everyone to take part in the survey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The MTA and the MTC will be presenting a seminar on 'Bridging the Skills Gap' on 12th May, for more information email email@example.com or visit the online booking page http://www.mta.org.uk/bridging-skills-gap-12-may-2015. The MTC has become a member of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, of which the MTA was a founder member. The Ansty Park based facility will now play a key role in helping to shape manufacturing policy for the UK.
The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership will be hosting an investment event on 28th April highlighting why businesses should invest in Worcestershire. Former Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, will be the guest speaker at the event and will be delivering a presentation about the economic benefits that local regeneration can provide to the national economy. Find out more in the story below.
600 UK have been working on a new, high specification lathe and workholding products that will be unveiled at a 3 day Open house event from 2 to 4 June 2015.
Fronius UK are to hold open house event 15th April 2015, they will open the doors to their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 15th April 2015. To register your interest in the event email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Economic News front, it is pretty quiet this week with the most telling comment from the Bank of England’s Agents is “steady as she goes” as far as manufacturing is concerned; there are some small pluses and minuses, but overall the picture is one of modest growth in the sector as a whole that is likely to continue through this year, with a mixed picture sectorally where oil and gas is a negative, but automotive and aerospace continue to be positive.
Thanks for reading and make sure you check your inboxes next Thursday as we’ll be sending the Brief out a day early due to Easter. Enjoy your weekend.