Would you like your business to receive national and international recognition for its work in international trade, innovation, promoting opportunity or sustainable development? If so, the Lord Lieutenant, Ed Anderson, the Chambers of Commerce and companies who had gained the award would like to help you. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is open to companies of all sectors and sizes based in the UK and it’s free to enter.
In the context of the ongoing revision of the Machinery Directive and considering the adoption of a new legislative proposal in the beginning of 2021, CECIMO, representing the machine tool industry and related Manufacturing Technologies, believes that the Machinery Directive, taking everything into consideration, is a sound piece of legislation and that, consequently, any future revision should be characterised by continuity rather than revolutionary changes.
The government has launched its new campaign to prepare the UK for the end of the transition period, with the strapline: Check, Change, Go.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said that the end of the transition period “will bring changes and significant opportunities for which we all need to prepare… there are actions that businesses and citizens must take now to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running as a fully independent United Kingdom.
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.
This was the title of the speech given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Parliament on Wednesday. The main document, which then links in turn to a variety of other items, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-plan-for-jobs-documents but we have attempted to distil some of the main points of relevance to businesses in and related to the manufacturing sector as a guide for MTA members.
The MTA Business Survey for June is still open for your input. For operational reasons, the report will be delayed for a few days but the initial responses indicate a significant improvement in confidence and activity in June although, given how weak April and May were, there is still a long way to go before we can declare anything close to a complete recovery - at least the indicators are moving in the right direction after an extremely difficult 3 months. The on-line form is available at...
Croner, our HR advice partner, have produced a paper highlighting some of the key points to understand when considering bringing staff back off furlough. Like many of the challenges presented by the pandemic, furlough is a concept and process many employers have never faced before.
The document, which is attached below, covers a range of questions including:
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with Innovate UK, has recently launched Phase 1 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).
The UK Government announced £315 million of funding in the 2018 Autumn Budget. The funding is available over the period to 2024 and will support businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future and to cut their bills and emissions through increased energy efficiency.
CECIMO, which brings together 15 national associations of machine tool builders, held a webinar on “Additive Manufacturing: an opportunity to fill the gaps in traditional supply chains”, which had more than 200 participants.