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UK Manufacturing Output, December, 4th Quarter and 2018:  The manufacturing output data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reflects the impact of a number of factors on the sector in the latter part of 2018.  In this report we will focus on the quarterly and annual data.  The overall trend for the manufacturing sector showed a fall of -1.0% for the 4th quarter, although thanks to some better figures earlier in the year, the annual tota

We will be closing the January edition of the MTA Business Survey on Monday, so there is just time to get your return back to us if you have not done so already.  The on-line form at is still open and, with thanks to those who have replied, we look forward to hearing from you.

The apprenticeship service are planning the next webinar for employers and employer-providers on the subject of Recruit an Apprentice: how employers can advertise and manage their own apprenticeship vacancies through the apprenticeship service.

The webinar is taking place on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:00pm.

28 February 2019 12:30

Join the EEF policy team as we take you through the latest Brexit developments and reveal the practical implications for Trade, Customs issues, Tariff costs, EU and mobile UK workers.

We must better anticipate the skills needs of the future and attract ICT talent to the manufacturing sector. This is what was underlined during a stakeholder session organised by CECIMO on “Manufacturing and 4.0 Skills” during EU Industry Days 2019, which gathered around 1500 participants.

The Bursa Aerospace and Defence Cluster, which comprises Bursa’s aerospace and defence companies, is arranging a fully funded inward mission to Bursa’s innovative cluster to develop UK-Turkey partnerships in defence, automotive and machining, civil aerospace and interior design. They are looking to find new UK partners and would like to meet UK companies with their members and get exposure to the capability and incentives in the region.

Recently, even astrophysicists have started taking an interest in EMO Hannover. Garching-based Dr. Theo Steininger and Dr. Maksim Greiner, former PhD students at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, have developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that makes use of the latest statistical analysis methods developed for astrophysics.

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s manufacturing sector. 

The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program.  

PMI, Americas, January 2019:  Following on from last week’s reports, the PMI readings from the Americas turned out to be more positive than the rest of the world.  The USA (54.9), Brazil (52.7) and Mexico (returning to positive territory at 50.9) all managed a better reading than in December 2018 and only Canada (53.0 - its lowest since the end of 2016) saw a lower index. 

The British Embassy in Colombia, through the Prosperity Fund and the Department for International Trade, are organizing the following events in a Manchester & Birmingham: seminar on Trade & Investment Opportunities in Colombia; a workshop on how to identify and work with commercial partners in Colombia; and a networking reception.