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The main headline from the Winter Economic Plan (WEP) announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Thursday was the new Jobs Support Scheme (JSS).  This is similar to the schemes that operate in European countries such as Germany and France and was something that MTAS called for when we wrote to Mr Sunak last week.

We will return to this next week once the details have been published, but the highlights of the JSS are:

Bank of England Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - 2020 Q3:  The headline from the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting this week was their warning that the rising rate of coronavirus infections and a lack of clarity over the UK's future trade relationship with the EU could threaten the economic recovery.  While they noted that much of output lost during lockdown had been recovered, the outlook remained "unusually uncertain".  Citing this uncertainty, the B

Cranfield University is excited to announce that it will be holding a week-long Manufacturing and Materials event later this year.  The virtual event, kicking off on Monday 30th November, promises to be bigger and more wide-reaching than previous events, bringing together industry professionals from all over the world to celebrate manufacturing and look ahead at the industry's role in a post-Covid world.

The MTA was a signatory on a recent letter sent to the Secretary of State by BSI - you can download the letter below.  The letter proposed the creation of a government expert advisory group on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

The letter highlighted that today many challenges faced by UK businesses in exporting to overseas markets are linked to Technical Barriers to Trade, such as regulatory issues arising from the imposition of national standards, testing and certification.

The ”SMEs Instrument” grants are a European Union scheme to provide substantial funding to support SMEs in the last stages of development and supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.

Member GOM shows worldwide how precise industrial 3D metrology helps to ensure quality and identify potential advancements in plastics technology.  They are running a series of informative webinars covering how experts within the plastics industry can use metrology to optimise their production processes.

This week, EAMA (the Engineering and Machinery Alliance of which MTA is a member) launched its new web-site at http://www.eama.info/.  The redesign aims to give a clean, modern look that works well both on computer screens and also mobile phones.

From the home page you can click through and access information on a variety of policy position papers that EAMA and its members have published.

Cranfield University is launching a Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc course in January 2021 which will satisfy the requirements of the Level 7 Materials Process Engineer apprenticeship standard that SELF has contributed to over the past two years.

Improve Data Insights through ERP & CRM integration

As part of the Autumn Budget round and the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) that is underway in Government, we wrote this week to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to use his Autumn Budget to bolster the manufacturing sector as it looks to make a speedy recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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