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Friday Brief Intro 13/08/2021

Welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. We have some great stories coming up for you this week.

We’d like to begin by welcoming our newest MTA member, VLB Group UK LTD. Please see their story to find out what they do and find a link to their website.

We would also like to announce an exciting MTA event taking place in a couple of months' time. The Annual MTA Members' Golf Day 2021 is back and returning to The Leicestershire Golf Club on 14th October. Please find more details in the story below.

Next Wednesday, August 18th, BEIS and Carbon Action For Associations (CAFA) have an online event to discuss the steps that trade associations and their SME members are taking to improve resource efficiencies and reduce emissions. James Selka and Jack Semple will be speaking so find out how to register below.

On 1st July 2021 major changes came into force related to EU import VAT payable by many GB businesses. Get support that ranges from sessions with the Institute Of Export’s renowned Technical Helpdesk (accessible to all IOE&IT Business Members) through to full consultancy to handle the necessary administration of registering in the EU. Find more details below.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are inviting UK manufacturing companies to complete the a survey regarding the current cyber security measures that companies shave in place, which will be open until 31st August 2021. Further details on the objective of the survey can be found in the story.

The National Security and Investment (NSI) Act will be fully coming into force on the 4th January 2022. To view the 4 forms of guidance to assist businesses, investors and advisors in understanding and meeting the requirements of the NSI Act ahead of its commencement, please check out the story below.

Members of the MTA and EIA are being offered a unique opportunity by the International Trade Consultancy (www.theinternationaltradeconsultancy.com) to have a Brexit Healthcheck. The structure is a 30 minute Zoom call during which time you will be able to explain the nature of any Brexit related problems in as much detail as possible. To see the price and the issues included you can go to the story below.

SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership) has hosted a number of webinars over the past 18 months - all received excellent feedback from participants. In order to make this programme as beneficial as possible to the widest audience, SHEP would be grateful if you could take five minutes to advise which subjects you would like to see future webinars on. To find out more and a link to their survey, please go to the story.

BSI have two standards under review this week. One regarding Security Evaluation Standard for IoT Platforms (SESIP) and the other on Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection. Please see all the information below.

The economic headlines this week were the first estimate of GDP and the manufacturing output data for the 2nd quarter. Although the UK economy grew at a healthy rate of +4.8% compared to Q1-21 - making it the fastest growing economy among the G7 nations - it is still -4.4% smaller than at the end of 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.  There was a more modest increase of +1.7% in manufacturing output with the capital goods sub-sector seeing a small fall as a result of the impact of the global micro-chip shortage holding back the automotive sector and the continued weakness of aerospace.

The European data on industrial production for June has also been published and this showed a marginal reduction in June with the same factors holding back activity as for the UK. In addition to the problems for the automotive industry, there was a fall in output of the energy sector even though the figures are seasonally adjusted.

Can we also remind you (with thanks to those who have replied) that the MTA Business Survey for July is still open for your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-july21.

That’s all we have for this week’s Friday Brief. ‘See’ you again next week!

BEIS + CAFA net zero event

BEIS + CAFA net zero event

Next Wednesday August 18th, BEIS and Carbon Action For Associations (CAFA) have an online event to discuss the steps that trade associations and their SME members are taking to improve resource efficiencies and reduce emissions.  It is hosted by CAFA, and BEIS will be the lead presenter. James Selka will be a panel speaker on behalf of The MTA and Jack Selma on behalf of EAMA. 

The event starts at 3.15pm. 

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 IST/33 - Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN. 

SHEP Survey

SHEP Survey

Hopefully you will be aware that SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership) has hosted a number of webinars over the past 18 months - all received excellent feedback from participants. In order to make this programme as beneficial as possible to the widest audience, SHEP would be grateful if you could take five minutes to advise which subjects you would like to see future webinars on.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK Manufacturing Output, 2nd Quarter 2021:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that manufacturing output was +0.2% higher in June than in the previous month, with the 2nd quarter showing an improvement of +1.7% compared to the 1st period of the year.  However, output in the sector is still only at 98.0% of the pre-pandemic level - using the quarterly data which we will in most of this note, this is comparing the latest figures with the level of outp

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey is designed to give a quick overview of the level of activity in the manufacturing technology industry with the reports only available to those members who participate.  The July edition will close next week but this means that there is still time to get your data back to us - this can be done either by using the on-line form which is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-july21 or if you we can send you a word version - for this, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail: