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Newsletter Listing intro for week 20

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

Sajid Javid has been announced as the new Business Secretary, MTA Chief Executive James Selka said: “We would like to welcome Mr Javid to his pivotal role. Business needs to be at the heart of our national life and we are sure that he will be a strong voice for business in Government and beyond.”

Close Brothers, in association with the AMRC Training Centre and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are off erring to help your business grow by funding the next generation of advanced engineers. This unmissable opportunity will enable SMEs in the Sheffield City
Region to apply for financial support to employ an apprentice. More details on how to apply can be found in the full article below.

The MTA hosted a half day seminar on Bridging The Skills Gap on Tuesday of this week. The seminar was held at the MTC in Coventry and was well attend by MTA members and other delegates. We will be closing the latest MTA business survey on Monday so we would like to give one final reminder to members to partake in the survey http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr15.

Metalex which takes place from 18th – 21st November 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, the show is UKTI sponsored with grants of £2,500 for eligible UK SME companies. For further information please contact KFinegold@mta.org.uk.

For Economic News, the UK manufacturing output numbers released this week were generally positive, although the overall growth rate is rather anaemic;  digging into the industrial details, I think the assessment is a 3-1 victory with good growth in the Automotive, Aerospace and Metal Products industries outweighing the somewhat puzzling weakness in the Machinery industry.  There was also some good news from the initial estimates of European GDP with the region showing modest growth in the 1st quarter and with France and Italy improving;  growth in Germany slowed, but is still there and Spain continues to recover (although it still has a long way to go!).

And that’s all for this week, have a fantastic weekend and we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news. From everyone at the MTA have a great weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, March 2015:  With the publication of the March numbers by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we get the picture for the 1st quarter of 2015 and this note will focus on that rather than the individual monthly data.  Total manufacturing output was +0.1% higher than in the previous quarter and +1.3% above the level of the 1st period of 2014

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

A final reminder that the May edition of the MTA Business Survey is still open for members participation;  the on-line form is at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr15 and we would encourage all members to let us have your input to what is a valuable and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.  We will be closing this on Monday, so if you have not replied yet, please get your return in quickly.

MTA BASIC FACTS AND KEY MESSAGES

MTA BASIC FACTS AND KEY MESSAGES

The 2015 edition of this twin publication - you know, it is the one you can read from either end but you always get the wrong one! - is now available and we will be sending copies out to all members in the next day or two.  If you would like additional copies, either for your key staff or other contacts you think have an interest in our industry – how about sending a copy to your new MP? – just let us know (e-mail Geoff Noon at gnoon@mta.org.uk) and we will get these to you.

European networking event for the precision engineering is less than 3 weeks away

European networking event for the precision engineering is less than 3 weeks away

euspen’s 15th International Conference and Exhibition to be held in Leuven

1-5 June is Europe’s premiere networking event for the precision engineering, micro and nano manufacturing community. The event boasts an impressive array of presentations, discussing the latest developments in the field, as well as practical solutions for OEMs seeking to optimise their manufacturing processes. In addition, almost 45 exhibitors will be on site showcasing products and services vital to achieving success in this dynamic sector.

Register now: UK Space Conference 2015

Register now: UK Space Conference 2015

Taking place from 14-15 July at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, this year’s event will focus on the impact satellite services and the space sector are having on the wider economy, society and education. The conference will be preceded by a complimentary networking reception for delegates on the evening of 13 July at the Royal Liver Building.

Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme

Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme

Close Brothers, in association with the AMRC Training Centre and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are off erring to help your business grow by funding the next generation of advanced engineers. This unmissable opportunity will enable SMEs in the Sheffield City
Region to apply for financial support to employ an apprentice.

Bridging the Skills Gap

Bridging the Skills Gap

Tuesday this week saw a number of MTA Members and other delegates attend ‘Bridging the Skills Gap’; a half day seminar held at the MTC in Coventry.

Delegates enjoyed presentations from the MTC, Talent Retention Solutions, BAE Systems, the National Physical Laboratory and Craftsman Tools. All presentations prompted lively debate and demonstrated the skills shortage across the industry. Topics focused on how the industry can support changes in vocational development and help shape what the next generations of engineers are taught.