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FRIDAY BRIEF

Hello and greetings from the MTA Team as we bring you another edition of our Friday Brief.

We have a number of updates this week on the theme of Brexit, with specific articles on the requirements that will be in place for business travel between the UK and the EU after the end of the transition period, how intellectual property rules will work and some webinars from HMRC on completing import documentation that will be especially relevant to companies who have only dealt with goods from the EU and who will face a complete change in import procedures.

There is also a general article that covers new guidance and updates on a range of Brexit related topics which are also worth checking out.  More loosely connected to Brexit is the forthcoming UK Export Finance Forum which takes place early next month and we have details of how you can take part in that.

The importance of mental health is something that has risen up the business agenda during the Coronavirus crisis and following on from our introduction feature last week (see https://www.mta.org.uk/resources/your-mental-wellbeing) we have news this week of a webinar on dealing with work-related stress that is being organised by the Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership.

MTA member, GOM UK, has announced their Metal Forming Knowledge Days which will bring together their knowledge and expertise in optical metrology over three days towards the end of this month.  Also on the theme of helping businesses improve their processes, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is running an event to show you manufacturing companies can benefit by integrating lightweight machining techniques into manufacturing processes.

There is another wide range of economic news this week, led this time by data on Europe.  The latest figures for manufacturing output show a levelling off compared to August, although the capital goods industries did manage modest growth in September.  We also take a look at the first update of the GDP figures that were initially published by Eurostat two weeks ago.

Nearer to home, we finish our round-up of the data that came with the 3rd quarter GDP data last week by summarising the latest trends for productivity and foreign trade (exports and imports).  The economic news section then concludes with the latest data from the USA where there are signs that the downturn may be a levelling off in the rolling 12-month trend as business started to recover in September.

Finally this week, we have a short piece on the recent annual lecture from the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) and include a link to both a summary and the on-line recording of the event.

With that, we will be back next Friday with some more news from, about and for the manufacturing technology industry. Have a good weekend and stay safe.

BREXIT UPDATE - BUSINESS MOBILITY

BREXIT UPDATE - BUSINESS MOBILITY

Following a recent meeting with BEIS, the associations that make up the EURIS group (an advisory body for the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU for the UK Government, manufacturers and the media which includes MTA) put a range of questions regarding the movement of people to and from the EU after the end of the Brexit transition period.

HMRC TRANSITION WEBINARS

HMRC TRANSITION WEBINARS

HMRC have launched multiple editions of a webinar covering how to complete customs import declarations and explaining how to make import declarations when importing goods between the EU and Great Britain.

This will be especially useful for companies who have only dealt with “importing” goods from the EU up to now but who will face new requirements from 1st January 2021.

MACHINING INNOVATION AT NMIS

MACHINING INNOVATION AT NMIS

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) invites you to join their machining experts as they show you how your manufacturing company can benefit by integrating lightweight machining techniques into your current processes.  The webinar is being held on Wednesday 25th November from 1130 to 1230.

SHEP WORK-RELATED STRESS WEBINAR

SHEP WORK-RELATED STRESS WEBINAR

The SHEP (Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership) work-related stress webinar is designed to help SMEs effectively identify and take measures to reduce work-related stress - this is particularly important given the current circumstances we all find ourselves in.

According to the Labour Force Survey there were 17.9 million working days lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in 2019/20.  The SHEP work-related stress webinar will cover what work-related stress is, the symptoms and the actions your business can take to address it, followed by a Q&A session.

CaSE ANNUAL LECTURE 2020

CaSE ANNUAL LECTURE 2020

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) recently held its annual lecture on-line – this was watched by over 500 people from across the science and engineering community.

The lecture was given by Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in which she set out her thoughts on the future direction of the relationship between science and society and the role UKRI can play in this.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

European Industrial Production, September 2020:  Data published by Eurostat shows that industrial production in the Euro-zone fell by -0.4% compared to the previous month (August 2020) but was unchanged across the EU as a whole.  Compared to a year earlier in September 2019, total industrial production fell by -6.8% in the Euro-zone and by -5.8% for the EU.