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Our colleagues at Citation have issued some guidance around the arrangements for quarantine on return to the UK.  With France, Netherlands, and other countries added to the list of countries whereby quarantine restrictions have been reapplied and a 14-day self-isolation period is now required for returning travellers, they have received a number of questions from employers about what this means for them.  These include:

The MTA Business Survey for July will close at the start of next week but this does mean that there is still time to let us have your input.  The on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jul20 is still open and we hope that as many MTA members as possible will take a couple of minutes to participate.  It is important that we keep our overview of the manufacturing technology sector up to date so we can respond to changes i

Through our contacts at grant funding specialists TBAT Innovation we have received notice of a couple of funding opportunities that have opened recently.

The grant funding landscape has changed during the pandemic, with many competitions extended or postponed.  There is now an influx of postponed competitions opening, new competitions becoming available and the usual routine of opportunities, such as Smart Grants, starting to return.

As part of its Brexit information campaign, the Department for International Trade (DIT) reminds us that the transition period will end on 31 December and the UK will leave the single market and customs union.  In urging businesses to take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021, they have issued some updates on what you need to know if your business imports goods from overseas.

There has been lots of speculation as to what impact Covid-19 will have on supply chains and sourcing for UK firms.  Academics at the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) at the University of Sussex are working to assess what is going on, by asking businesses working with a supply chain through their survey which relevant MTA members are asked to complete.

We have been advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment.  Any comments received from MTA members will be submitted to AMT/8 - Additive Manufacturing for consideration in deciding the UK response to ISO.  The details are as follows:

The Border and Protocol Delivery Group, a cross-Government group working on the 2025 UK Border Strategy, are running a consultation on the subject.  Details of the open public consultation can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/2025-uk-border-strategy-public-consultation.

UK Manufacturing Output, June 2020:  With publication of the June data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the picture for the 2nd quarter of the year is completed.  We normally focus on the quarterly (or rolling 3-month) periods but reference to the monthly data will also be useful in the current situation with April having marked the low point of the cycle in most cases.

UK GDP, first estimate for 2nd Quarter 2020:  The ONS has released its monthly estimate of GDP for June and, with this, the first estimate for the UK economy in the 2nd quarter of the year.  We will focus mainly on the quarterly data but it is worth pointing out that following month-on-month falls in GDP of -6.9% in March and -20.0% in April, the revised increase of +2.4% in May has been followed by growth of +8.7% in June.  Assuming that the recovery is not reversed, even a

This week, MTA joined with a number of other engineering trade associations to write to Michael Gove MP in his role as Minister in charge of arrangements for Brexit to express our concern about the uncertainty surrounding the regulatory requirements for putting goods on the UK market from 1st January 2021 (when the UK’s Brexit transition period ends).

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