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Industry Focus

Advanced Manufacturing is a dynamic, globalised, sector which is constantly evolving. Much of that evolution is as a consequence of technological change which is happening at a faster rate than ever before. Manufacturing Technology that change right across sectors and in companies of all sizes. The MTA exists to help its members transform the manufacturing world.

Innovate UK helps businesses develop new products, services, and processes they need to grow through innovation.

We are delighted to share their latest newsletters with members via News: Latest news and funding opportunities (

The National Manufacturing Summit is bringing together the many voices of our manufacturing industry as one, focussing on celebrating manufacturing's resilience, ingenuity, and diversity, enabling change for a sustainable future. 

The Good Business Charter is a simple accreditation which organisations in the UK can sign up to in recognition of responsible business practices.  It measures behaviour over 10 components:  real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee well-being, employee representation, diversity and inclusion, environmental responsibility, paying fair tax, commitment to customers, ethical sourcing, and prompt payment.

Following details of the super-deduction in last week’s budget we’ve got further details about what it means for members. A massive thank you to the British Compressed Air Society for sharing their explainer document with us below.

Firstly, feedback is welcome on the measures as the government is keen to hear your views.

The Chancellor, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, has made technical education a pivotal feature of last week’s Budget after declaring that “protecting, creating, and supporting jobs is my highest priority”.

The crucial announcements were:

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest inspection programme will run from May to September this year targeting fabricated metal businesses across GB to ensure duty holders understand the risks posed by welding fumes and metalworking fluids, plan their work and have adequate control measures in place to protect workers’ health.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered an historic budget, with UK borrowings rising to unprecedented levels, other than during major wars. He made clear that he would do what was necessary to protect jobs and businesses so far as possible through the pandemic, but also warned that debt levels had to be managed, as interest rates could rise in future.

The budget said little about environmental sustainability or capital spending projects, which have been announced elsewhere. 

There are a number of different activities taking place within Made Smarter this month which can be found in their newsletter at the end of this article.

There is the news of the continuation of the Made Smarter North West Adoption programme and that similar programmes will be launched in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands in the coming months. That means the scheme will be able to help even more manufacturers access support.

Taking place from 10-11th March, euspen’s 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Coordinate Measuring Machine and Machine Tool Performance, (LAMDAMAP 2021) was planned to be held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Södertälje Campus, Södertälje, Sweden. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to deliver this meeting as a “virtual online web-meeting”, to ensure the participants remain safely connected.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) has just opened for new Expressions of Interest. Firms can apply for up to £135,000 of grant matched funding, backed by the business department (BEIS).

About TDAP

· TDAP supports micro, small and medium-sized businesses developing cutting edge automotive technology, products and services