Intelligence Briefing 8th October 2015

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In this issue: EEF hosts successful events at Conservative party conference | NDI announces National Conference | In the Media | Week in Review | The week ahead | Blogs from this week                                               

EEF hosts successful events at Conservative party conference

This week EEF co-hosted two successful events at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, organised by the Enterprise Forum. On Monday evening we co-hosted a business reception, alongside the British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, ACCA, ICAEW and IPSE. The event was attended by around 150 guests from business, politics and the media, and a guest speech was delivered by the Chancellor Rt Hon George Osborne MP who talked about the new government’s priorities for business in the months ahead.

On Tuesday, EEF co-hosted a fringe panel debate on the subject of ‘Winning the Global Race – Delivering a strategy for British business success’. Panellists included Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, Tony Caldeira, Managing Director of Caldeira Holdings, Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth Council, and it was chaired by Andrew Cumpsty, Chairman of the Enterprise Forum. The event was standing room only and there were a number of interesting discussions around global trade and investment priorities, and how to make Britain the best place to do business.

EEF will be continuing its engagement with the new government over the coming months and will be working to ensure that manufacturing is at the top of their business agenda, particularly in the run-up to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on 25th November.

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For further information please contact Rocky Lorusso, Head of Government Affairs

NDI announces National Conference

Defence industry trade body, NDI, will be holding its annual National Conference at the renowned Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham on 5th and 6th November. The event will be focussed on growth through partnership and provide a valuable opportunity for networking and gathering market intelligence. For more information email enquiries@ndi.org.uk or call 0845 111 1141.

In the media

UK Steel’s response to SSI going into liquidation was widely reported in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent (link unavailable), The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, ITV News, Channel 4 News and Sky News. UK Steel’s Director Gareth Stace was also interviewed on BBC News, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

EEF’s comments on the latest PMI data featured in The Times (£), The Financial Times (£), The Guardian and The Independent, and Chief Economist Lee Hopley was interviewed on BBC News and Sky News. The Financial Times (£) and The Daily Telegraph quoted our response to the latest IoP data.

EEF’s response to the Chancellor’s speech featured in The Daily Mail (link unavailable). The Home Secretary’s immigration speech also led to Head of Employment Policy Tim Thomas being interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland and Senior Employment and Skills Adviser Verity O’Keefe on ITV News.

EEF’s response to the Government’s consultation on the apprenticeship levy featured in The Times (link unavailable) and The Guardian.

The Daily Mail referenced our response to Bank of England Chair Mark Carney’s comments on climate change.

The Times (£) quoted EEF in an article on investment, and The Financial Times (£) quoted EEF in an article about the pro-EU campaign.

For more information contact Sophie Carroll, External Affairs Executive

Week in review

Index of production

Manufacturing output increased 0.5% in August. The main contributions to growth over the month came from transport equipment; metals; and food and drink. The annual picture, however, was less positive, with output contracting 0.8% between August 2014 and August 2015.

The week ahead

9th Oct: UK Trade
13th Oct: Consumer prices; producer prices
14th Oct: Labour market statistics

Blogs from this week

05 Oct 2015
A Monday morning look ahead at the data and events relating to UK manufacturing by George Nikolaidis

06 Oct 2015
4 questions from manufacturers about yesterday's business rates announcement by the Chancellor by Chris Richards

07 Oct 2015
GDP revised, investment gone missing by George Nikolaidis

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