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Friday Brief 21/05/2021

Good morning and welcome to another weekly roundup of news.

First up this week we have news on a new training course that relates to the £20m Brexit Support Fund, which offers support to SMEs who haven’t exported beyond the EU. This is an advanced course instructing delegates in how to complete customs declarations. Go to the story below to see the topics covered and more.

MTA have partnered with new Associate Member, People and Their Brilliance to make accessing the funding, recruitment and training hassle free. You might have heard about the Kickstart Scheme but not entirely sure how to access it or what it involves, so scroll down to see details on their free webinar.

On the theme of webinars, don’t miss out on MTA Associate Member Marsh Commercial’s upcoming webinar focussing on overcoming supply chain challenges for manufacturers. Featuring speakers from another of our Members, Filtermist and from experts of the haulage industry Fortec, giving their key industry insights as part of the supply chain. Book via the link in the story.

The MTA is delighted to invite you to attend Manufacturing Data Summit Europe as a complimentary guest, on 1st-2nd June 2021. Throughout the 2-day program, attendees will learn how to leverage new technologies and reap the rewards of IIoT, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data and more. For details on the discussion scroll down below.

The Home Office would like to reach SMEs who may have little knowledge of, or interaction with, the immigration system, to ensure they are fully aware of what the new system means for them and they understand how it will operate. MTA members can register for a free ticket for the sessions on Eventbrite, please find the links to register in the story.

The National Cyber Security Centre has brought out a new newsletter that aims to break down cyber related issues into bitesize pieces which can be read in your coffee break. We want to arm you and your business with the advice and tools to minimise the risk of a cyber-attack. Read the full story if this is something your business would be interested in.

Our lead economic story this week is the flash Purchasing Managers Index data that has been released today and showed a record high level for the UK manufacturing sector; the estimate for the Euro-zone was fractionally lower but also remains at a high level.  For the UK, this chimes with the latest results from the CBI survey which shows strong growth in manufacturing output and order books with the caveat that the former is from relatively low levels and the latter is concentrated in the home market.

The latest GDP data from Eurostat shows a double-dip recession for Europe but not for many of the individual countries - we analyse this in our economic news article this week.  Coming back to the UK, as promised, we have an overview of the investment and trade data that was published alongside the GDP data that we covered last week.  Finally in this section we have the latest US market data for manufacturing technology (machines) and tooling - the former is showing a strong recovery even before the comparison with the pre-pandemic months while the latter is, as usual, running a little behind in its trends.

We have been asked by our colleagues from BEIS for some input on the impact of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU on business travel since the end of the transition period. Obviously, the impact of various Covid restrictions will have played a large part in this but there are more details (and the questionnaire) on this topic in the article below.

That is all we have for this week’s Friday Brief, have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week.

You Are Invited to Join MTA at Manufacturing Data Summit Europe

You Are Invited to Join MTA at Manufacturing Data Summit Europe

The MTA is delighted to invite you to attend Manufacturing Data Summit Europe as a complimentary guest, on 1st-2nd June 2021.

This is a unique invitation for Digital, IT & Innovation leaders across Europe to come together, hone their skills and join forces with 100’s of experts who are leading digital transformation initiatives across the manufacturing industry.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

Flash Purchasing Managers Index, May 2021:  The flash Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing in the UK released this morning accelerated to 66.1 - this is its highest level since the survey began in January 1992.  There were significant increases in output, orders and employment and a return to growth for the stocks of components element, but the index also continues to be inflated by a further lengthening of supply chains.  So far, these only seem to be leading to a small proportion of UK manufacturers reporting that they have had to reduce output.  The estimate

BUSINESS MOVEMENTS

BUSINESS MOVEMENTS

We have been asked by our contacts at BEIS if we can provide feedback on the impact on business movements from the post-Brexit arrangements.  Of course, COVID will have restricted movements, especially for general business activity (as opposed to visits for activities such as installation and maintenance), so it will be difficult to disentangle the impact of these two events.  However, the request is, in part at least, about the “normal” patterns of movement, so hopefully some input will be useful.

National Cyber Security Centre - Newsletters for Small Organisations

National Cyber Security Centre - Newsletters for Small Organisations

The NCSC was set up in 2016 to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. They support the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry, SMEs as well as the general public. When incidents do occur, they provide effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.

New Customs Declaration Service (CDS) training course

New Customs Declaration Service (CDS) training course

The Institute of Export and International Trade are pleased to offer MTA members a discounted course on new customs declaration services. This advanced course will instruct delegates in how to complete customs declarations and ensure customs compliance through the online Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) and its replacement, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).



Points-based Immigration & EU Settlement Scheme Events- SME

Points-based Immigration & EU Settlement Scheme Events- SME

Over the past year the Home Office have engaged with businesses across all sectors and nations of the UK, including some of your members, to ensure business of all sizes are aware of the new points-based immigration system. They would like to reach SMEs who may have little knowledge of, or interaction with, the immigration system, to ensure they are fully aware of what the new system means for them and they understand how it will operate.