Good morning, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Brief.
I’m sure there will be a few tired eye’s out there this morning after the excitement of the ongoing General Election results. We’re on course for a new Government, but there have been a lot of changes right across the board. We’ll have a more detailed look at the implications for our sector in next week’s brief.
Firstly, can I draw your attention to our seminar on Bridging The Skills Gap, which takes place at the MTC in Coventry on Tuesday 12th May. If you would like to sign-up for the event please head over to this link to register you interest http://www.mta.org.uk/bridging-skills-gap-12-may-2015.
The latest MTA business survey is up online too, so if you have a spare five minutes please can you fill it in as it is a vital resource for all of the membership http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr15.
UK Trade & Investment will be holding its 7th Export Week during the week of 18 - 22 May. Across the week there will be a varied series of events all over the UK, aimed at businesses to either start their export journey or increase their international business.
Lloyds Bank have kindly produced a PDF for us with guidance on how to tackle fraud. Head over to the story to download the full feature.
Just a reminder that the CECIMO Additive Manufacturing European Conference takes place in Brussels on 23 June 2015, the event is free to attend and full details on how to register can be found here.
MTA CEO James Selka attended the Stuttgart Moulding Expo this week, you can read a report of the event below.
And finally for the Economic News, the euro-zone PMI readings were steady and generally positive, although we continue to have some concerns about France which has been in negative territory now for nearly a year. Elsewhere in the world, the PMI data is mixed with some weakness emerging in parts of Asia, but with strong positive numbers for countries as diverse as the USA and Poland. This week, we also have a summary of the latest European Commission Economic Indicator which is broadly neutral, but also comes with the good news that capacity utilisation in manufacturing across Europe continues to edge up and that their bi-annual investment survey has seen expectations about an increase in capital spending in the European manufacturing sector revised up from the level reported last Autumn.
Thanks for reading, we’ll be back next week with more news. Until then have a great weekend from every one at the MTA.