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More than 100 young women from across the Sheffield City Region have now been shown the huge potential of a career in engineering thanks to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) #AMRCtribe campaign.

Uncertainty over our future relationship with the EU was a key theme at the CBI annual conference in London this week, as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson sought to make their parties’ Brexit policies crystal clear.

2020 looks like being a year in which trade in Green/’sustainable’ goods and services are subject to increased discussion.  Industries across Europe are considering proposals to introduce a ‘carbon adjustment tax’ on goods being imported into the EU; and several countries outside the EU have proposed that common standards be agreed for labelling green goods (New Zealand, Fiji, Norway, Iceland and Costa Rica.

The first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund will open with guidance for applications from spring next year, with a view to receiving applications in the summer.  The IETF is worth £315 million over the period to 2023/4 and was announced in Budget 2018.

UK GDP, first estimate for 3rd Quarter 2019:  The first estimate for the UK economy in the 3rd quarter from the ONS shows growth of +0.3% compared to the previous quarter.  The UK, therefore, avoided the recession which had been a possibility following the fall in the size of the economy in the previous quarter.  However, as this was weaker than at the same time last year, the annualised rate of growth for the UK economy fell to +1.0%, its slowest pace s

UK Manufacturing Output, September 2019:  Publication of the September figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) completes the picture for the 3rd quarter of the year and we will focus on this period with only occasional mentions of the monthly data.  The headline shows that total manufacturing output was the same as in the 2nd period of the year;  the significance of this is that it means that the sector avoided a recession by the narrowest of

We will be closing the October edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week but there is still time to get your return back to us.  The on-line form at is still available, so if you have not done so already, please take a couple of minutes to fill in the survey.

A new list of harmonised standards under the Machinery Directive was published on 19 March 2019. The list withdrew the references of three standards on mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic presses (EN 692, EN 693 and EN 13736). The withdrawal of references was done without foreseeing any transition period.

The BSI Standards Conference & Awards is an opportunity to enable cross-sector knowledge sharing and networking.

The new government is going full steam ahead with preparations for trade negotiations early in the new year, anticipating that, with an overall majority, its Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be passed quickly into law and the UK will leave the EU.  It is important that it has a clear view of what matters most to business sectors, for example in terms of Rules of Origin, and the MTA will be engaging further with officials.