Good morning and welcome to the Friday Brief for this week.
Each business has dealt with the Covid 19 outbreak differently. As we start to come out of the period of the most intense challenges, new issues are presenting themselves in the workforce. The MTA’s employment partner Croner is constantly updating its advice and now has some useful information on the ending of the furlough scheme. You can access the their partner pages, a benefit of your MTA membership, here.
We’re expecting to hear from the Prime Minister later today as he encourages businesses to get back to (the new?) normal but it is widely expected that government will start encouraging companies, who had switched to remote working, to start using their offices more fully.
One sign that things are getting back to normal is the increasing discussion of the UK’s relationship with the European Union (oh, the joy). This week saw warnings from DIT that the UK is not prepared for the reintroduction of the customs border at Dover and speculation about the size of the facilities that will need to be constructed, fast, in Kent. Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA, the machinery umbrella group of which MTA is a member, outlines his thoughts below.
One piece of European legislation which will continue to have great importance for the UK machinery industry, whatever the eventual relationship with the EU, is the Machinery Directive, which is due for revision. CECIMO has taken the view that the legislation is basically sound, well understood and works reasonably well; therefore, any revisions should be relatively limited in scale. You can read their discussion paper on the subject below.
Queen’s Awards, for Export, Innovation or Sustainability, are a great way to get recognition for your company’s achievements. As well as a great morale boost for staff and an enhancement to your reputation they can also have a real impact on companies’ competitiveness. The West Yorkshire region is holding a Zoom webinar, applicable to all regardless of geography, about the process of entering for the Awards – details below.
That’s all for this week, enjoy the rumoured return of summer.