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.