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There has been something of a rush of announcements this week and, at the risk of changes being made between writing and publishing this item, the following is a summary of the most important points affecting MTA members in business terms.

We are sad to announce the death of Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan at the end of August.  Martin, as he was known to us, was a great help to MTA over the years and often offered a wise counsel in dealing with governments and politicians on both sides of the house.  He had a keen intellect and a dry sense of humour, and his support for MTA and our industry for many years gave us a great insight into political issues behind the scenes.  He will be greatly missed.

MTA Associate Member Atlantic Technologies will be hosting a free webinar on 24th September at 11am demonstrating Salesforce and Tableau.  The webinar will help people understand how to become an insightful business by putting both internal and external data into dashboards to increase sales/service/procurement/supply chain forecasting.  You will learn how we integrate ERP with CRM and have a single source of truth for the entire business.

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2020:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these to make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  August saw this continue to recover from the low point in April but it is only back at the level we saw in the Euro-crisis in 2012 and there is still a long way to go before the recovery is anywhere near completed.  In both the...

The manufacturing sector PMI data released earlier this week generally shows a continued recovery from the low point in April although there are differences in both timing and magnitude that we will explore in this article - all references are for the manufacturing sector.

At the end of July, CECIMO (the European grouping for trade associations representing manufacturers of machine tools) held a webinar titled “Common European Data Spaces for Smart Manufacturing – Maintenance”.

As the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK, Crown Commercial Services (CCS) uses its commercial expertise to help buyers across central government, public and third sectors.  The collective purchasing power of CCS customers, combined with CCS procurement knowledge, allows CCS to provide the best commercial deals providing significant savings and benefit in the interests of UK taxpayers.

The UK Government has issued some updated guidance on a number of topics and we have highlighted those most relevant to MTA members:

NPL Innovation Webinars are a platform for industry to get an insight into the wealth of ideas, knowledge and intellectual property from UK public sector organisations and this is an opportunity to create new jobs.

The UK government has set out details of the Kickstart scheme, first flagged up by the chancellor in his ‘Plan for Jobs’ speech in July.  The scheme for 16-to-24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit.  The first 25 hours per week are to be fully funded by government to the level of age-related national minimum wage for six-month placement and employers can add to that if they wish.