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The March edition of the MTA Business Survey has been running for just over a week now and we would encourage all MTA members to take a couple of minutes to participate in this survey - you can do this by using the on-line form which is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-mar21 or if you prefer we can send you a word version - for this, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail:  gnoon@m

The MTA have recently signed up to the Good Business Charter which is a simple accreditation where 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,...

UK National Accounts, 4th Quarter and 2020:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the UK National Accounts for the 4th quarter of 2020 and with that have revised estimates for GDP growth throughout 2020.  The immediate headline is that growth in the 4th quarter has been increased to +1.3% (it was +1.0%) - this is the strongest quarterly growth rate among the major European economies and ahead of the USA, but behind both Canada and Japan (although both of those h

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, March 2021:  The latest report from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows an improved outlook for the manufacturing sector.  Although output volumes were flat in the three months to March (see below), this is the strongest outturn since May 2019 (long before Covid-19 had even been heard of).  Output increased in 8 of the 17 sub-sectors covered by the CBI;  they note that growth led by the electronic engineering and plastic products groups

We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of one of the many free services you have access to as part of your MTA Membership. 

Attached are the details for Advice Line which is in partnership with Croner for all our members to seek professional advice regarding all aspects of employment law. 

UK Manufacturing Output, January 2021:  The latest output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a fall in manufacturing output of -2.3% compared to December;  this is the first negative trend since the decline of -25% recorded in April 2020 as the initial lockdown took effect.  The month-on-month fall was driven by lower output in 9 of the 13 sub-sectors of manufacturing with, as we will see later, the transport equipment industries particularly weak.

This week we have two new proposals from BSI for Members who may wish to comment, the first is on Guide to the Sustainable Design and Application of Robotic Systems and the second is on Additive manufacturing - Non-destructive testing.

Proposal: Guide to the Sustainable Design and Application of Robotic Systems.

Please find a link below to Standards Update Booklet which provides the following information:

· The BSI committees the MTA attends

· The standards under revision in each committee

· The development stage of each standard under revision.

This document is updated and distributed every 3 months and is available on our website at www.mta.org.uk/standards.

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.

We launched the February edition of the MTA Business Survey at the beginning of the week. We would encourage all MTA members to take part in this survey – you can do this by using the on-line form which is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-feb21 or if you we can send you a word version - for this, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail: gnoon@mta.org.uk).

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