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Friday Brief Intro 19/02/2021

Good Morning and welcome to another weekly roundup of news, and it’s a bumper edition this week!

On the Brexit front, there are a number of updates from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this week, including some useful step by step guides to importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU. There are also updates to importing from, and re-exporting union goods to, the EU as well as a list of customs agents and fast parcel operators.

There is also an update on the Trade and cooperation agreement between the UK and EU as well as details of a new Brexit fund for SMEs.

On a similar note, the Department for International Trade is looking for information on the impact of foreign subsidies on UK companies and we have details of how you can provide this feedback.

Coronavirus news this week focuses on financial support and guidance as well as travel updates and new rules on quarantine. We've also got some helpful advice when considering balancing working from home and home-schooling for employers and employees.

We know that the Covid-19 outbreak has had a seismic effect on the economy, and that some apprentices have been made redundant without completing their apprenticeships, while others are at risk of redundancy. To help these apprentices, the Department for Education have recently launched the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.

We have updated HSE Information for SHEP Members, so make sure you stay in touch with the latest news.

Talent Retention Solutions (TRS) has recently launched its new Aviation Skills Retention Platform. This platform has been created to support skills retention within the UK Aviation industry and is designed to help talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need. Find out more below.

Also this week, CECIMO issued a press release on its initial survey of the European market for additive manufacturing and we take a look at some of the key messages from that report.

Our lead item in the economic news this week is the European industrial output figures from Eurostat which show a fall of nearly -9% for the Euro-zone countries and -8% for the EU as a whole.  Capitals goods continues to be the most volatile element in this data and having led the way in growth in November, this sub-sector saw the largest contraction in December.  We also have some more GDP data from Europe which we explore in this week’s article as well as taking a look at the details of the investment figures for the UK which came out alongside the GDP data at the end of last week.  Finally in this section, we have the end of year figures from the US surveys of the market for both manufacturing technology (mostly metal cutting machine tools) and cutting tools.

That’s all for this week. Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Working from Home and Home-schooling

Working from Home and Home-schooling

The MTA’s advice line (provided by Croner) has recently had a number of call on how to support staff who are juggling working from home and home-schooling schedules.

To help to address this, they have created a new resource (attached) with different options you can consider, and how their advice line can help further.

Don’t forget you can access the Croner helpline free of charge through your MTA membership by calling 0844 561 8133

EUROPEAN SURVEY OF THE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MARKET

EUROPEAN SURVEY OF THE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MARKET

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies, organized the first of what is intended to be a biannual survey of trends in the European market for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Although this was something of a pilot study and, inevitably given the timing (the study looked at the prospects for the next 6 months), the trends were largely positive with the 2nd/3rd wave of Covid-infections not really foreseen at that time, there are some interesting snippets from the survey results.

IMPACT OF FOREIGN SUBSIDIES

IMPACT OF FOREIGN SUBSIDIES

EAMA, the Engineering and Machinery Alliance of which MTA is a member, has been approached by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to provide information on the impact of foreign subsidies on UK industry.

We don’t have a sense that this is an issue for MTA members, but you may know of examples either from your own experience or via your customers.  The questionnaire - attached below - is quite detailed but if you do have any relevant information, even responding to one or two of the questions would be useful.

Made Smarter gets £8 million more

Made Smarter gets £8 million more

The government has announced an additional £8 million funding for SME manufacturers under what it is calling the Made Smarter Adoption programme.

The funding is limited to firms in the North-west, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands.  It is focused on adopting digital technology at up to 1,000 companies.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

European Industrial Output, December 2020:  The data published by Eurostat covers industrial production and, while most of this is manufacturing activity, it also includes the output of the extraction and utilities industries.  Total industrial production in the Euro-zone in December fell by -1.6% compared to the previous month, with the EU as a whole seeing a month-on-month decline of -1.2%.  Comparing the latest figures with December 2019, industrial production decreased by -0.8% in the Euro-zone and by -0.4% for the EU.

Funding support for SMES

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Funding support for SMES

The government has published details on how to apply for funding under the new, £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund.  It will be open to firms with up to 500 employees and £100 million turnover, which trade internationally only with the EU.

Aviation Skills Platform takes off

Aviation Skills Platform takes off

Talent Retention Solutions (TRS) has launched its new Aviation Skills Retention Platform.

This platform has been created to support skills retention within the UK Aviation industry. It is designed to help talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need. Aiding redeployment and recruitment, skills retention and retraining activities across the aviation sector.

HSE Fabricated Metal Inspections

HSE Fabricated Metal Inspections

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to fabricated metal businesses across GB to check that they are managing the risks of welding fumes and metalworking fluids.

Inspectors will be checking that businesses are complying with the guidance to manage the risk of respiratory diseases. If your business receives a letter, you should respond as soon as possible and by 24 March at the latest.