Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. We have a a range of different styles of stories for you today.
This week we have a few articles from gov.uk with guidance on many different topics and COVID related news. You find many links to read the full articles, training courses, case studies and reports in the story below.
Associate Member, Citation’s Health & Safety experts have created a guide offering the perfect introduction to getting manual handling right in your business to protect your people and your business. HSE inspectors want to establish whether suitable risk assessments and training have been giving to employees with regards to manual handling and repetitive tasks. Please go to the story below to download the full guide.
Measurement for Recovery is led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and seeks to help solve analysis or measurement issues that cannot be resolved using standard technologies and techniques. By pairing companies with world-leading experts and facilities, to address problems in innovative ways. To learn more about the program (which closes soon) and how they can support your business, please go to the story below.
The new UK National Security & Investment Act 2021 comes into effect fully from 4 January 2022. The Act gives the government powers to scrutinise and intervene in acquisitions that may pose national security risks. It also provides businesses and investors with predictable, legally defined timelines and processes for decisions on acquisitions. Find out more in the story.
The doors to the 2021 Surface Inspection Summit (SIS) in Aachen, Germany are ready to open from November 9 – 10. Visitors can look forward to the comprehensive agenda covering new developments in industrial and institutional research, spanning industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and automation. Find out what will be taking place at the show below.
The monthly GDP data for the UK economy in July which was published this morning was disappointing in only showing a tiny increase compared to June but there were some headlines around growth being led by the production sector. However, it is important to note that this is wider than manufacturing and the growth actually came because an oil-field came back on line following planned maintenance during June. We take a look in more detail at the data for GDP, manufacturing output and our key customer industries in the economic news article this week. This also includes an analysis of the latest update of European GDP data for the 2nd quarter.
Also in the context of economic news, we have updated our Basic Facts booklet with the 2020 production data for the 4 elements of the manufacturing technology industry that we cover in that publication. You can download an electronic copy of the updated document at https://www.mta.org.uk/policy/basic-facts and we will be printing copies of this handy pocket-sized guide to the UK industry and sending these to members shortly.
A reminder also that the MTA Business Survey for August is still open for your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug21 and we would encourage all members to participate in this important survey - it should only take a couple of minutes.
That’s all the news we have for this week! Make sure to check in next week to keep updated, we’ll ‘see’ you all on the 17th!