Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. I think it’s fair to say that Summer is officially here with temperatures reaching 30 degrees next week!
We begin today’s brief with a couple of online conferences. The Department for International Trade has arranged a five-day online conference, “UK-North America Week”, covering a range of trade issues related to the US and Canada. Find out more through the link in the story.
The MTA, as part of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF), would like to invite all our membership to come and find out more about the latest Level 7 Materials Process Engineer Degree Apprenticeship that has been created by industry to future proof the surface engineering industry. Head to the story to find out what the webinar will cover.
Some exciting news for exhibitions. The Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo will be going ahead next September. The event is dedicated to the manufacturing and industrialization industry in the Middle East. Exhibiting is one of the most efficient, effective, and successful marketing activities available to you. To see who’s exhibiting, go to the story and view the attachment.
Next, we have some information on how to manage travel within your business. As it’s now Summertime, it’s essential that you’re confident in how to manage any travel-related quarantine your employees might have to undertake. Get some extra info from their story.
Businesses importing goods from the EU need to prepare to complete customs declarations over the next few weeks. On Thursday 17 June 2021 at 11am, the IOE&IT is hosting a free webinar guiding traders though these new rules and deadlines. Find the list of speakers in the story below and make sure to save the date.
UK Brexit minister Lord Frost has written that the government “underestimated the effect of the Northern Ireland protocol on goods movements to Northern Ireland from Great Britain”. The comment is made in an article published which appeared under his by-line in the Financial Times and Belfast Telegraph on June 6th. Check out more details and find the article in the story.
The NCSC was formed in 2016 "to make the UK the safest place to live and work online" and is part of GCHQ. They have made some tools available to help businesses with cyber security. You can access up to 6 tools in their story.
HM Treasury has announced the formation of a Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG). Government is keen that UK Green Taxonomy (a term we will much more in future) will “clamp down on greenwashing – unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims that an investment is environmentally friendly - and make it easier to understand how a firm is impacting the environment”. To get all the info, please see below.
This week we have two BSI standards for you. Make sure to check them out and leave your comments.
The economic headlines this morning were dominated by the GDP data which showed growth of +2.3% in April with the re-opening of many aspects of the service sector during that month. However, the manufacturing output data is more important for MTA members and the news here is less good with a fall of -0.3% being recorded. In part this reflects a fall in the automotive industry that was affected by the global shortage of semi-conductors and a significant fall in the pharmaceutical industry but the news for other industries of interest to us is also less than encouraging. There are more details in the economic news article below which also takes a look at the latest European GDP figures for the 1st quarter; these show some interesting and varying trends between the regional and country data which we explore.
A reminder also that the MTA Business Survey for May is open for your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-may21 and we would encourage all members to participate in this important survey - it should only take a couple of minutes.
That concludes this week’s Friday Brief. ‘See’ you all next week and have a great weekend!