Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
Anyone hoping that the brief summer’s respite from Brexit would continue into September had a rude awakening this week as the PM announced the Prorogation of Parliament, followed by a Queen’s Speech. This will have the effect of curtailing the time available to debate Brexit in Parliament and of course has had the reverse effect on the debate in the media and the country at large. All this means that a No Deal exit is now more likely than ever and making sure that your company is ready is even more important. You can read about some ways to do that in the story below.
Continuing with Brexit, The CBI, of which the MTA is a member, would like to invite our members take part in an urgent snap survey on how business are preparing for Brexit to help shape the CBI’s positioning on Brexit in this unpredictable political environment. Please see the story below and take a few minutes to complete the survey.
On Wednesday 18th September 2019 the MTC in Coventry are hosting the Open Hybrid Final Event. The event will help attendees find out how Hybrid Additive Manufacturing (AM) can offer a solution for a wide range of machine platforms and applications for small and large companies. If you’re are interested in this, please see the story below for full details on the agenda and how to register.
Like MACH 2020, EMO 2019 will have an education focus to try to prepare the next generation of engineers. Over the course of EMO over 4,000 students will experience the show and take part in a range of activities to promote manufacturing and engineering. If you are interested in attending EMO please remember the MTA can offer free passes to gain access to the exhibition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up your complementary tickets.
Also, at EMO, CELIMO will be hosting an International Meeting and while the economic updates for Europe, India, Japan and the USA will be valuable and well worth attending for, the primary purpose of the meeting is as a networking opportunity. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th September on the fairground at Hannover. To find out how to attend please the story below.
On October 22nd NPL and MMN will be hosting an on Innovation using Emerging Technologies. This event takes place in the evening at NPL in London, if you’re interested in registering there is more details on the agenda and registration below.
The Government has published Health is everyone’s business, a public consultation seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. If you would like to take part in this consultation, please see within the Brief.
The only economic news item this week is the Economic Sentiment indicator (ESI) compiled by the European Commission. This showed an improvement overall for the Euro-zone compared to July, although the reading is still below the long-run average; the EU28 continued to decline thanks, mainly, to weakening sentiment in the largest non-Euro economy (the UK!). The individual country trends remain mixed, but there was some good news in an improvement in confidence in the industrial sector.
That’s all for this week, we hope you have a fantastic weekend from everyone at the MTA.