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Friday Brief Intro 05/03/2021

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

Headlines the last few days have been dominated with details of the Chancellors budget from Wednesday and we've got details of what it means for MTA members. We have a comprehensive round up below including details of the new 'super-deduction'.

At a recent meeting of the MTA’s International Trade Committee, it was noted that relationships with Europe had shifted significantly since Brexit, with many EU companies feeling the UK no longer wanted to do business with them. To address this, MTA CEO James Selka wrote an open letter to all CECIMO Members stating the UK’s keen intend to continue trading with European businesses, and received a response from their President, further details in the story below.

In Brexit news this week we have two key pieces of information in the item below. The first concerns the Field Force Support Programme which is offered by the Cabinet Office to support businesses that trade over £250,000 of goods with the EU each year. The second is an explainer document for those who travel to work in Europe.

We also have two pieces on Northern Ireland trade this week. Firstly, regards the increasing tensions with the EU whilst the second focuses on HMRC guidance on tools and supplies to Northern Ireland.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) has just opened for new Expressions of Interest. Firms can apply for up to £135,000 of grant matched funding, backed by the business department (BEIS). Find out more in the story below.

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio and members are urged to take a look.

euspen’s 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Coordinate Measuring Machine and Machine Tool Performance, (LAMDAMAP 2021) is taking place next week (10-11th March) online. You can register your free space and find out more below.

Made Smarter have kindly shared their latest newsletter with us and there are more updates from the programme below.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest inspection programme will run from May to September this year targeting fabricated metal businesses across GB to ensure duty holders understand the risks posed by welding fumes and metalworking fluids, plan their work and have adequate control measures in place to protect workers’ health. MTA Member Filtermist are offering free, no obligation site visits.

The latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for manufacturing showed something of a mixed picture with the UK and the Euro-zone (except Greece) higher than in January while the rest of Europe, Asia and the Americas featured a mixture of up’s and down’s in the month-on-month trend. There is also good news that in a number of places, the improvements were led by the investment goods sectors, but we are also still seeing distortions to the trends from lengthening supply chains and we explore this in our feature article this week.

We have also received the latest data set for the Contract Price Adjustment Service that we subscribe to on behalf of MTA members; however, very little use is now made of this service and we are reviewing whether or not this should be maintained, so please let us know if you foresee a use for this service.

A reminder also that the MTA Business Survey for February is open for your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-feb21 and we would encourage all members to participate in this important survey – it should only take a couple of minutes.

That’s all for this week. We wish you all a good weekend.

Manufacturing Technologies Association pledges to continue doing business with EU manufacturers

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the trade body representing the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing technology suppliers, has pledged its commitment to continue working with Europe’s manufacturers – and called on politicians in the UK to back this important industry.

APC’s auto technology programme

APC’s auto technology programme

The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) has just opened for new Expressions of Interest. Firms can apply for up to £135,000 of grant matched funding, backed by the business department (BEIS).

About TDAP

· TDAP supports micro, small and medium-sized businesses developing cutting edge automotive technology, products and services

· Since 2017 - TDAP has supported 31 SMEs with over £5 million in funding

14th Lamdamap International Conference & Exhibition | 10th-11th March 2021

14th Lamdamap International Conference & Exhibition | 10th-11th March 2021

Taking place from 10-11th March, euspen’s 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Coordinate Measuring Machine and Machine Tool Performance, (LAMDAMAP 2021) was planned to be held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Södertälje Campus, Södertälje, Sweden. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to deliver this meeting as a “virtual online web-meeting”, to ensure the participants remain safely connected.

Brexit: New rules are here

Brexit: New rules are here

High Value Trader Support for New Border Processes: The Field Force Support Programme

The Field Force Support Programme is offered by the Cabinet Office to support businesses that trade over £250,000 of goods with the EU each year.

The support available ranges from invitations to specialist events, 1-to-1 query resolution, more access to business case studies and sector-specific guidance from policy experts.

Made Smarter Update

Made Smarter Update

There are a number of different activities taking place within Made Smarter this month which can be found in their newsletter at the end of this article.

There is the news of the continuation of the Made Smarter North West Adoption programme and that similar programmes will be launched in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands in the coming months. That means the scheme will be able to help even more manufacturers access support.

Northern Ireland – tensions with EU increase

Northern Ireland – tensions with EU increase

In a new twist to the Northern Ireland Brexit crisis, the European Commission has attacked the UK government this week (3rd March), saying new, unilateral decisions violate the NI Protocol and the good faith obligation under the Withdrawal Agreement.

The UK decided to suspend implementation of full checks on movement between GB and Northern Ireland for at least six months. They were due to kick in on 1st April and that has been put back until at least 1st October. This threatens the open border between NI and Ireland, the Commission believes.

HMRC guidance on tools and supplies to Northern Ireland

HMRC guidance on tools and supplies to Northern Ireland

HMRC has given guidance regarding taking tools and supplies to Northern Ireland, for example in a service van. This is set out verbatim:

Regarding taking tools and supplies to Northern Ireland.

Declarations will be required for movements from GB-NI;

· Traders can submit a full-customs declaration into the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) either themselves or through a customs agent, or alternatively

· Submit a declaration through the Northern Ireland Trader Support Service

Budget 2021 – highlights, commentary and request for feedback

Budget 2021 – highlights, commentary and request for feedback

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered an historic budget, with UK borrowings rising to unprecedented levels, other than during major wars. He made clear that he would do what was necessary to protect jobs and businesses so far as possible through the pandemic, but also warned that debt levels had to be managed, as interest rates could rise in future.

The budget said little about environmental sustainability or capital spending projects, which have been announced elsewhere. 

HSE inspection programme - are you ready?

HSE inspection programme - are you ready?

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest inspection programme will run from May to September this year targeting fabricated metal businesses across GB to ensure duty holders understand the risks posed by welding fumes and metalworking fluids, plan their work and have adequate control measures in place to protect workers’ health.

HSE has written to companies asking for confirmation that they have adequate control measures in place - if you have received a letter from the HSE you should reply by no later than 24th March.

Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI)

Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI)

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit accelerated slightly in February to stand at 53.9, although there was an overall easing in new orders. Encouragingly, the investment goods sector showed the fastest rate of expansion. This article only refers to the PMI for the manufacturing sector.

ISO/NP 15535 - Link to New Work Item Proposal

ISO/NP 15535 - Link to New Work Item Proposal

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.

Any comments received will be submitted to PH/9 – Applied ergonomics, for consideration when deciding the UK response to ISO. Proposal: ISO/NP 15535 General requirements for establishing anthropometric databases. Please visit http://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/9021-05192