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Friday Brief Intro 30/07/2021

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. We hope you enjoy the top stories we’ve gathered to nicely finish off the month of July.
 
We begin the newsletter with some exciting news from BEIS. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has announced £25 million in funding for academic research aimed at helping supply chains to become more productive.  It is under the Made Smarter programme and is part of £53 million allocated from a £143 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund announced in May. To view more on the announcement and to see the five research centres that will be getting the funding, please check out the story below.
 
In other exciting news, a new apprentice portal has been launched on the government website. The new website aims to improve the process of finding the right training for your apprentice as well as helping you better understand what funding is available and in allowing the apprentice to manage and update their details. Further details as well as a link to the site can be found in the story below.
 
We also have an update on the pandemic. The government has extended the list of “critical jobs” for which there are exemption from self-isolation after being notified by NHS Test & Trace and NHS Covid-19 App. Further details are included below.
 
The government is keen to get a better understanding of the impact of the current lorry driver shortage. Lorries play an essential and highly regulated role in the supply chain and there have been industry predictions that the supply chain will collapse due to a shortage of drivers, caused by a number of factors. There is a survey from BEIS included in the story below.
 
BSI will be inviting young engineers to attend one of two machine tool sub-committees: MTE/1/1 for safety and MTE/1/2 accuracy. The MTA are in a unique position and would like to offer all MTA members the opportunity for their young engineers to attend one of these two machine tool committee meetings. Find out more about the meetings in the story.
 
BSI have also announced new standards under review this week. The comments received will be submitted to Additive manufacturing for Automotive. Have a look at the document and make your comments and answer the questions listed as you wish.
 
The end of the month is always quiet for economic news but the latest sentiment and confidence report from the European Commission showed a sixth successive improvement although at a slightly slower pace than previously as a couple of sectors turned down slightly - however, this did not include industry which is continuing to lead the way on the recovery.  This edition of the survey also included the latest on capacity utilisation which also improved, especially in Italy where the indicator was at its highest since 1995.  The economic news article this week also takes a brief look at the manufacturing profitability figures for the UK.
 
That’s all the news we have for this week. We’ll see you next week in August.

BSI – Young Engineers

BSI – Young Engineers

Standards play an important role in the economy by promoting best practice, facilitating business interaction, and providing individuals and organizations with a basis for mutual understanding that facilitates communication, manufacturing and commerce. 

BSI Standards

BSI Standards

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 AMT/8 – Additive Manufacturing, for consideration when deciding the UK response to ISO.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator and Capacity Utilisation, July 2021:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not included in the ESI) to compile its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  Because of the data collection periods, the reference month (July) is that of publication but the data really refers to June or, for the quarterly data, the figures relate to the levels, etc. in the 2nd quarter of 2021.