Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. It may feel like summer is almost over but we’re all exciting to see events and exhibitions coming back.
On the 14th September join the MTA with Irwin Mitchell and Caldwell & Robinson for our webinar to find out more about the opportunities and challenges for GB manufacturers in Northern Ireland, post Brexit. To find out what’s being covered and the speakers attending please go to the story below.
Following the theme of webinars, on the 22nd September BSOL and The MTA are inviting you to a webinar that involves training on accessing the system and taking advantage of the free services that the standards provide. To register please go to the story below.
The MTA, as part of Surface Engineering Leadership Forum – SELF, has been supporting the Materials Process Engineer Masters degree apprenticeship course at Cranfield University. The Material Process Engineer apprenticeship qualification will meet the high demand for technical specialism combined with commercial and problem-solving skills. To find out more information please check out the story below.
To raise awareness of the actions small businesses can take to reduce their emissions, the Together for Our Planet campaign is asking SMEs to make the new UK Business Climate Hub their first port of call on their journey to net zero. Go to the story to view more the guidance provided.
The government have released the first five programmes to be supported through the £500 million Blue Planet Fund. The programmes, financed from the UK’s overseas aid budget, will tackle plastic pollution and the decline of global coral reefs. Find more on the press release below.
The UK’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy drives forward the commitments laid out in the Prime Minister’s ambitious 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution by setting the foundation for how the UK government will work with industry to meet its ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. For more on this exciting plan, check out all the information below.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre is trying to build a picture of the systems integration community working in the field of automation and robotics and the extent of its expertise. This is an area that many consider to be critical to UK industrial success and is arguably neither sufficiently visible nor developed. They have created a survey aimed at automation equipment suppliers, builders and integrators. Find out more and how to take part below.
EAMA understands that grants are still available to exporters in most parts of England through the government’s Internationalisation Fund, which was launched last year. The scheme offers match funding of up to £9,000 for SMEs wanting to expand their exporting into new markets, or to launch new products abroad. View the story below to see what’s being covered.
The Government have sent out a reminder that, from Monday this week, people who have received two doses of approved COVID vaccine or who are aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case. Go to the press release below for more information.
There are four threads in our economic news this week; the first of these is our look at the latest data on investment and foreign trade arising from the quarterly GDP data release data last week. These show an improvement in overall investment but still below pre-covid levels, although spending on ICT & other machinery is up more sharply; both exports and imports of goods increased in the 2nd quarter.
Our other items are a look at the updated estimates of GDP in Europe for the 2nd quarter - all of the countries that have released their data show growth as economies re-open - analysis of the flash productivity data for the UK economy and the highlights of the latest figures for the US market where the machinery side of the business is recovering very strongly and slowly leading to an improvement in demand for cutting tools.
That's all for this week's round up of news. 'See' you all again next week!