Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. 2022 is only 4 months away and businesses are getting busier and busier.
This week’s brief is full of upcoming exciting webinars and events so get your calendars at the ready. Let’s begin with a save the date for the MTA Annual General Meeting and House of Commons Reception. Make sure the 8th December is in the diary and check out the event page on the website!
We also have an invitation to the next British Standards Online (BSOL) webinar which includes training to help you with a range of key standards. Please go to the story to view the points listed.
On the same day we are hosting a Webinar in collaboration with the Make UK. The webinar provides a summary of the changes Companies need to consider in respect of the UK’s new immigration system and the new relationship with the EU as set out in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). Check out more of what’s included and how to register in the story below.
City and Guilds will be hosting a webinar for employers on the 25th August at 9:30AM to give an introduction to the Engineering and Manufacturing T-Levels. The webinar will provide a broad introduction into the T-Level qualification and much more so please register through the link below.
Stepping away from the theme of webinars we have a couple of interesting articles regarding the pandemic. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering complaints about the rising costs of shipping following allegations that the industry is profiteering from the pandemic. View the comments made in the story.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed they will continue to carry out spot checks on businesses across the country to ensure they have the appropriate measures in place to protect their employees from the risk of COVID-19 – despite the end of restrictions in England. Citation have step-by-step guide to help you prepare for a HSE inspection and get everything you need in place to make sure their business is operating safely and compliantly. Download below.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering complaints about the rising costs of shipping following allegations that the industry is profiteering from the pandemic. Freight rates generally have been higher than normal throughout the pandemic, with recent global congestion issues leading prices to soar continuously over the last few months. Find more details below.
5PRING was launched a year ago as the UK’s first region-wide 5G test bed and brings together industry giants Wayra UK, O2, Deloitte, Digital Catapult and West Midlands 5G. 5PRING supports organisations with challenges or opportunities that 5G has the potential to be instrumental in. 5PRING has launched the 5G smart manufacturing programme looking for innovators.
Updates to additive manufacturing standards are also included within this week’s brief. You can find the details below.
The headlines from the manufacturing PMI data for July that was released at the start of this week showed a modest reduction from the May/June levels but with the reading still pointing to a strong expansion in activity in the sector - you could probably characterise it as going from exceptional to strong. While this applies for the UK and the Euro-zone, there are some more mixed situations elsewhere in the world (including the rest of Europe) and we explore these in the article this week.
In other economic news we summarise the key points from the Monetary Policy Committee meeting this week, including the views of the Bank of England’s Agents who reflect the continued recovery in the manufacturing sector. We also analyse the first set of GDP data in Europe for the 2nd quarter which shows a recovery from the double-dip recession that occurred in the two periods around the turn of the year - although this happened for the EU as a whole, a statistical quirk means that most of the individual countries avoided this fate.
The July edition of the MTA Business Survey has been running this week. We have had a reasonable response so far, especially considering the holiday season but, as always, the more the merrier so please try to find a couple of minutes to complete the survey using the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-july21.
That’s all this week! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next Friday!