Good morning and welcome to the final Friday Brief of 2015 - this year really has flown by.
There’s an export focus to the FB this week. The MTA was at the House of Commons on Tuesday for the re-launch of the All- Party Group on Trade and Investment, with whom we’ll be working in the New Year to highlight manufacturing technology. We were also represented at the UKTI Trade Challenge Partners Conference in London on Wednesday and we have a short report on the current state of play at UKTI.
Staying on the subject of exports, the CBI have published a new report giving six steps to delivering world-beating export support.
The China-Britain Business Council recently released the ‘China Business Handbook 2016’, a new 140-page resource for all UK companies interested in doing business with China. This handbook covers everything from exporting, taxation and marketing to employment, intellectual property, E-commerce and much more.
MTA members Sponmech Safety Systems' guarding has been spotted on the TV again! You can see their guarding on the edition of the BBC's 'Countryfile' first shown 6th December 2015.
We have the final quarterly Economic Report from Geoff Noon of 2015, which features a discussion of the annual forecast data, available for download as well this week’s latest numbers – including the most recent (Q3) European industry numbers from CECIMO.
The latest data on Industrial Production in Europe is generally positive, with Capital Goods continuing to run ahead of total output. While this is good news, the latest report from the Bank of England’s Agents notes that UK manufacturers are losing competitiveness in and against European producers as a result of the strength of Sterling (in reality it is the weakness of the Euro, but the impact is the same), so are not able to take full advantage of the improvement in what is still our most important export market.
And that is all for this year, all that is left is for us to wish you all the best for the festive season and a very prosperous new year. The Friday Brief will be back in the first week of January. We look forward to working hard for all our members in 2016 and we can’t wait to see many of you at MACH 2016.