Good Morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
The MTA are excited to announce the return of the Annual Inter-Association Golf Day. This year’s event will take place on July 15th at the stunning Leicestershire Golf Club. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7298 6416.
Close Brothers, in association with the AMRC Training Centre and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), are offering 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. If your business is successful, Close Brothers will fund half of your apprentices’ wages in the first year and a quarter in the second year. Find out more about the launch event on 10th June below.
Registration for TRAM UK 2015 is now open. On 10-11th November 2015 TRAM is returning to the UK for the first time since its conception by the AMRC back in 2009. For more information please contact Chloe Lidster at the AMRC - email@example.com, 0114 222 6661.
Tooling firms across England are urged to apply for funding from Finance Birmingham. Finance Birmingham – a national provider of growth capital to SMEs – manages a £24 million Tooling Loan Fund to support the design, development and manufacturing stages of England's tooling sector. More information can be found in the below story.
Although the main economic news this week was the UK GDP data that was published on Thursday, in many ways it was a non-story with no change in the estimate for the UK economy compared to the figures that were first announced in the run-up to the General Election; so the economy grew by +0.3% compared to the previous quarter and was +2.8% higher than a year ago. The ONS also announced the preliminary investment data for the 1st quarter which showed a modest increase in total business investment which is now at its highest level since the 2nd quarter of 2005,but we need to wait until the final numbers are published next month to get the detail for manufacturing and engineering.
That’s all for this week, from everyone at the MTA have a great weekend and we’ll be back next Friday.