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Friday Brief

Happy Friday.  We have another wide range of stories for you this week as business gets back in gear after the holiday season and as the schools go back across most of the country - hopefully there is something of interest to all of you this week.

The headline this week must be the publication - at last! - of guidance for placing goods that currently require the CE mark on the UK market from 1st January 2021.  This will be replaced by the UKCA mark but there is a 12 month overlap period in which the CE mark (on its own) will remain valid and a further 12 months where the UKCA mark is required but can be in the form of a label on the product or accompanying documents.  More detail in the article below.

The economic headlines come from the publication of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data for the manufacturing sector.  While these were generally positive in having a better reading in August than in July, there remain a handful of countries below the crucial 50 level and, in Europe, a few that saw the PMI fall in the latest figures (although not necessarily below 50).

We have news of some webinars being organised by MTA associate members:

  • Atlantic Technologies will take a look at how to integrate dashboards using Salesforce and Tableau to support business process forecasting – details and a link to register are in the story below
  • NPL has a series of innovation webinars;  the first of these was in July and is now available to view on-line with the next event on 10th September and the last one in October – again, there are more details and a link to register in the article below.
  • Also a reminder that MTA Associate Member, Citation are offering a free, member exclusive webinar to help guide employers through the HR challenges of bringing people back to work on Wednesday 9th September 2020 from 14:30 to 15:15 and you can register at http://tiny.cc/MTA0909 and Citation will send you a link to the webinar.

We have an article on the new Kickstarter Scheme launched by the government this week to boost employment of young people affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  A separate article includes some other areas where guidance has been updated in the past few days, including the drive to get people back to work, submitting data to Companies House, the Job Retention Scheme (which changed on 1st September) and issues around providing apprenticeships in the current circumstances.

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) is a public procurement organisation in the UK that uses its commercial expertise to help buyers across central government, public and third sectors.  In order to ensure the services and enhancements which CCS plans to provide reflect the needs of the SME community, CCS is entering into a series of engagements with the SME community and there are details of their survey around this topic in the article below.

The MTA Business Survey for August is underway and if you have not already done so (thanks to those who have) you can let us have your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug20.

The other economic news this week (actually last week but it missed the deadline for the Friday Brief) is the continued recovery in the Economic Sentiment Index complied by the European Commission.  Within the overall economy calculation, confidence in the industry, retail trade and services sectors continues to improve and is stable for consumers while the was a dip in the measure for the construction sector.  We also have the availability of the latest data set for the Contract Price Adjustment Service that we subscribe to on behalf of MTA members.

Finally this week, there are details of how to access the CECIMO webinar on “Common European Data Spaces for Smart Manufacturing – Maintenance” that was held back in July.

We will be here again next Friday but until then, have a great weekend.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for August opened after the Bank Holiday and we would encourage all MTA members to take part.  This survey is designed to give a quick overview of the UK manufacturing technology industry and, as with all surveys, the more responses we get, the clearer the picture that we get.  The on-line form available is at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug20 and, with thanks to those who have already responded, we look forward to hearing from you.

KICKSTART SCHEME LAUNCHED

KICKSTART SCHEME LAUNCHED

The UK government has set out details of the Kickstart scheme, first flagged up by the chancellor in his ‘Plan for Jobs’ speech in July.  The scheme for 16-to-24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit.  The first 25 hours per week are to be fully funded by government to the level of age-related national minimum wage for six-month placement and employers can add to that if they wish.

NPL INNOVATION WEBINARS

NPL INNOVATION WEBINARS

NPL Innovation Webinars are a platform for industry to get an insight into the wealth of ideas, knowledge and intellectual property from UK public sector organisations and this is an opportunity to create new jobs.  The first webinar, which was held in July, had over 250 delegates;  if you missed it, the recording of the first webinar is available to view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxJUpRHmiCI&feature=youtu.be.

The next events in this series are:

CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICES (CCS) - SME ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICES (CCS) - SME ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

As the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK, Crown Commercial Services (CCS) uses its commercial expertise to help buyers across central government, public and third sectors.  The collective purchasing power of CCS customers, combined with CCS procurement knowledge, allows CCS to provide the best commercial deals providing significant savings and benefit in the interests of UK taxpayers.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2020:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these to make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  August saw this continue to recover from the low point in April but it is only back at the level we saw in the Euro-crisis in 2012 and there is still a long way to go before the recovery is anywhere near completed.  In both the Euro-zone and the EU as a whole, the index has recovered about 60% of the losses seen in March/April

SALESFORCE AND TABLEAU WEBINAR AND FREE DEMO

MTA Atlantic Technologies
SALESFORCE AND TABLEAU WEBINAR AND FREE DEMO

MTA Associate Member Atlantic Technologies will be hosting a free webinar on 24th September at 11am demonstrating Salesforce and Tableau.  The webinar will help people understand how to become an insightful business by putting both internal and external data into dashboards to increase sales/service/procurement/supply chain forecasting.  You will learn how we integrate ERP with CRM and have a single source of truth for the entire business.