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Friday Brief

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.

HR and Legal Support from Croner

HR and Legal Support from Croner

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 advice partner Croner has is constantly updating its advice and now has some useful information on the ending of the furlough scheme.

Brexit update – Check, Change, Go

Brexit update – Check, Change, Go

The government has launched its new campaign to prepare the UK for the end of the transition period, with the strapline: Check, Change, Go.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said that the end of the transition period “will bring changes and significant opportunities for which we all need to prepare… there are actions that businesses and citizens must take now to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running as a fully independent United Kingdom.

“This is a new start for everyone in the UK - British and European citizens alike - so let’s get going.”

CECIMO – Machinery Directive

CECIMO – Machinery Directive

In the context of the ongoing revision of the Machinery Directive and considering the adoption of a new legislative proposal in the beginning of 2021, CECIMO, representing the machine tool industry and related Manufacturing Technologies, believes that the Machinery Directive, taking everything into consideration, is a sound piece of legislation and that, consequently, any future revision should be characterised by continuity rather than revolutionary changes.

Queen's Awards

Queen's Awards

Would you like your business to receive national and international recognition for its work in international trade, innovation, promoting opportunity or sustainable development? If so, the Lord Lieutenant, Ed Anderson, the Chambers of Commerce and companies who had gained the award would like to help you. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is open to companies of all sectors and sizes based in the UK and it’s free to enter.