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The MTA Business Survey for August opened at the start of this week and although we have already had a good response, we would encourage all MTA members to take part.  The on-line form available is at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jul20 and, with thanks to those who have already responded, we look forward to hearing from you.

Each business has dealt with the Covid 19 outbreak differently. As we start to come out of the period of the most intense challenges, new issues are presenting themselves in the workforce. The MTA’s employment advice partner Croner has is constantly updating its advice and now has some useful information on the ending of the furlough scheme.

UK Productivity, 1st Quarter 2020:  The analysis of UK productivity published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed output per hour (the headline measure of productivity) for the whole economy was -0.6% lower than in the same quarter in 2019 with output per worker falling by -3.1%.  This divergence reflects the impact of furlough schemes at the end of the quarter - staff on furlough are counted as a “worker” but, of course, they worked no hours so that measure ha

The MTA are delighted to announce that the Annual Dinner in 2021 will take place on Tuesday 26th January during the week of MACH.  The event will be held at the VOX, on the NEC site, and will run straight after the exhibition.

This will be a great chance to celebrate our industry as well as an opportunity to entertain customers in a week where UK manufacturing and engineering achievements will be showcased.

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions, 2nd Quarter 2020:  The latest summary from the Bank of England’s Agents shows that manufacturing output continues to be significantly weaker than a year ago despite a modest improvement in recent weeks as companies re-open.  Those that are back, are operating well below full capacity and a high proportion of workers remain on furlough or reduced hours.  The Bank’s contacts said that they expected social distancing and we

The MTA Business Survey for May is still open and while ther4 has been an encouraging response it is always good to get more, especially in these challenging business conditions.  The on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-may20 and, with thanks to those who have responded already, we hope that as many MTA members as possible will take a couple of minutes to participate.

In post Brexit Britain, businesses will need to understand how customs procedures operate between the UK and mainland Europe. Furthermore, with government looking to forge new trade partnerships with markets around the world, businesses will need to gain customs expertise to make the most of these new opportunities.

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The MTA Business Survey for April is still open for your input.  This is our main way of keeping track of activity in the sector and as well as keeping the respondents informed, it provides vital input to our lobbying activity in these difficult times.

European GDP, 4th Quarter 2019:  Eurostat published an update to its preliminary flash estimate which confirmed that quarter-on-quarter growth was +0.1% for both the Euro-zone and the EU27.  It also confirmed that GDP growth in 2019 was +1.2% for the Euro-zone and +1.4% for the EU27.

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