Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
First up we’re launching a new MTA website in few weeks and we want to expand the mailing list of members who get the Friday Brief. We’re asking for members to send Tom Lane the MTA’s PR and Communications Executive email addresses of your colleagues who you’d like added to the list. You can reach Tom via email email@example.com.
The next MTA member’s forum is in a few weeks’ time on 23rd September and will take place at EventCity, in Manchester, as a breakfast meeting before Northern Manufacturing. See the story below or follow this link to register to attend http://www.mta.org.uk/members-forum-29th-september-2016.
The Manufacturing Institute is running a course on turning manufacturers into Lean Champions. The MTA Have negotiated a substantial discount for MTA members. The Manufacturing Institute is offering an exclusive discount for MTA members of £950 bringing the cost down to £2000 per delegate. MTA members are also eligible to apply for a training grant of £500 for this course to reduce the cost further to £1500. Please contact Laura, the MTA's Education & Development Coordinator, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, staying with Learning and Development the MTA will be attending a careers fair at The Magna Carta School in Surrey on Tuesday 27 September. We would like to take a variety of resources to the fair to demonstrate the wide range of careers available within the engineering-based manufacturing industry. Read the story below to find out more details.
MTA members Star GB, are delighted to announce the opening of their new UK headquarters. To mark this exciting occasion, Star GB are extending an invite to the engineering community across the UK to join them for a special Open House event. The event will run over three days from the 5th-7th of October, to book your place or for more information, including directions to the new location, contact Star GB on 01332 864455 or email@example.com.
Department for International Trade (DIT) invites you to attend Innovate 2016, 2-3 November at Manchester Central. Innovate 2016 is happening on 2nd -3rd November at Manchester Central. Jointly hosted by Innovate UK and DIT, Innovate 2016 brings back the global spotlight on UK innovation and promises to be better than ever. See the story below with details on how to attend.
There was some good economic news yesterday in the results of the Purchasing Managers Survey (PMI) with the reading for the UK’s manufacturing sector up sharply on what increasingly looks like a rather odd July result - the figure of 53.3 is the highest since October 2015, which itself looks like an odd spike in the series. It is worth noting that the PMI is a composite index of 5 series, all of which should, in theory, be based on actual trends rather than sentiment or feeling - it does not ask about “confidence” or “expectations”. The PMI readings in the rest of the world were more mixed with those in Europe generally down slightly on the July level and, in particular, a relatively sharp drop in Italy which fell below the crucial 50 level. The 2nd estimate of growth for the UK economy confirmed the good performance that was highlighted in the preliminary data last month and the data for business investment was broadly flat compared to the 1st quarter.
Finally, the August edition of the MTA Business Survey is online and we’d encourage Members to respond; we have had record responses in the last two months and we hope that we can continue this trend as we move out of the main holiday season.
You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug16 - we look forward to your participation.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.Only enter text, no images or links