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Newsletter Listing intro for week 39

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

This week’s newsletter begins at the Labour Party conference which took place in Liverpool. The MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell was in attendance and you can read his take on proceedings below.

We also have a report on the MTA’s members Forum which took place yesterday at EventCity in Manchester.   

Business Innovation Centre (BIC) Staffordshire has a £5,400 grant for Staffordshire businesses to help them pay for external expertise to research, develop and market a new product.  To find out more about how to apply for this see the story below.

The newly formed Department for International Trade (previously UK Trade & Investment) in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) are coming together for an India-UK TECH Summit, offering UK companies the chance to capitalise on the vast opportunities presented by India-UK collaboration.

A new ‘SME Productivity Club’ has been launched by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) further increasing its support for manufacturing businesses. The initiative will offer a range of benefits including attendance at industry-specific workshops and an opportunity to network with like-minded businesses. Find out how you can get involved within the story below.

There was good news from a couple of surveys last week with both the Bank of England’s Agents’ review of their contacts and the CBI Industrial Trends Survey showing an improvement in activity for the manufacturing sector.  A special study by the Bank’s Agents’ suggested that the improvement we have seen in manufacturing exports since the referendum and the subsequent fall in the value of Sterling was more likely to be due to a period of currency weakness around the turn of the year, at least for manufacturing.

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

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business, 3rd Quarter:  The latest summary from the Bank of England’s Agents’ is one of the longer quarterly reports.  As with some other short-term surveys, the Agents detected a small improvement in overall business sentiment in August following the marked post-referendum dip.

SME PRODUCTIVITY CLUB LAUNCHED BY THE MTC

SME PRODUCTIVITY CLUB LAUNCHED BY THE MTC

A new ‘SME Productivity Club’ has been launched by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) further increasing its support for manufacturing businesses.

The initiative will offer a range of benefits including attendance at industry-specific workshops and an opportunity to network with like-minded businesses.

Andrew Mayfield, director of the MTC Business Launch Centre said: “The SME club is a further evolution of our SME activity, building on our success to date in providing services to help manufacturers compete locally and on the global stage.”

Trade Mission to India: Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

Trade Mission to India: Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

The India-UK TECH Summit, will be held in New Delhi on 7-8 November 2016.

The newly formed Department for International Trade (previously UK Trade & Investment) in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) are coming together for this India-UK TECH Summit, offering UK companies the chance to capitalise on the vast opportunities presented by India-UK collaboration.

BIC Grant for New Product Development

BIC Grant for New Product Development

The Business Innovation Centre has a £5,400 grant for Staffordshire businesses to help them pay for external expertise to research, develop and market a new product. To get the full £5,400 you would need to spend £13,500 on external support.

Funding panels sit every month to consider applications.  Please express interest at https://www.thebic.co.uk/staffordshire-business-innovation-and-incubation-support-sbiis3/

MTA MEMBERS FORUM

MTA MEMBERS FORUM

Yesterday saw a number of MTA Members join us at EventCity in Manchester for our latest Members’ Forum.

The breakfast meeting saw key topics covered including an update on member services from MTA Head of Events James Fudge and a discussion on the potential impacts of Brexit, led by MTA Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell.

The main topic of the session was a presentation from Sean Leach, a Partner at MTA Associate Member Mathys & Squire, about managing IP risk and thinking about IP as a commercial asset.

The Labour Party Conference

The Labour Party Conference

The Labour Party Conference took place earlier this week in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s much anticipated re-endorsement by the Party’s membership. Inevitably the issue of leadership, or lack thereof, was a major theme of the conference. The leadership election, exacerbated by the resignation of the vast majority of the front bench team, has put the Labour Party into a sort of political stasis. They are not really doing anything other than talking to themselves, so it hard for businesses to draw messages. There are few pointers though.