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CBI Industrial Trends Survey, October 2021:  The results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) paint a picture of a resilient manufacturing sector in which output volumes grew strongly despite a range of supply challenges and cost/price pressures. The survey identified an easing in total orders but this comes as a comparison with the multi-decade high levels registered last quarter - as a result, total orders growth remains at a high level.

At the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT)’s first in-person annual general meeting (AGM) in two years, held this week, attendees heard about the organisation’s growth in the past 12 months.

Find out about all the activities that Innovate UK and KTN are working together on for the Made Smarter Innovation Sustainable Smart Factory Competition.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out how the UK will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

18th October marked World Menopause Day, aiming to raise awareness of the menopause and support options available to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

The new UK National Security & Investment Act 2021 comes into effect fully from 4 January 2022.  Businesses and investors should check the guidance at

Delegates to our annual Forecast Seminar this week heard discussions of the prospects for global economic growth, the varying prospects for the key industries and our latest forecasts for the UK machine tool and cutting tool markets, along with the Autumn edition of the global machine tool forecast. The event was kindly sponsored this year by our colleagues at Marsh Commercial.

UK GDP, August 2021:  After a small fall in the economy in July (the figure of -0.1% has been revised down from +0.1%), U

UK Manufacturing Output, August 2021:  The new data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has, like the GDP and investment figures we discussed a couple of weeks ago, been re-based to 2019 prices and, perhaps more importantly, revised - significantly so in the case of some historical time series.

Yesterday (Thursday 14th October) saw the MTA Golf Day take place at the Leicestershire Golf Club. Congratulations goes to reigning champions Group Rhodes who got first place in this year’s competition and to Star Micronics who came 2nd.

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