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In this issue: Celebration of manufacturing at parliamentary event | EEF Briefs Richard Fuller MP | EEF Future Manufacturing Awards | EEF Manufacturing Photography Competition | In Parliament | In the media | Week in Review | The week ahead
Celebration of manufacturing at parliamentary event
This week EEF sponsored the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group’s summer reception on the House of Lords Terrace. The event, run for the second year, saw the APMG host 100 guests from politics and industry, with speeches from David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Kevin Brennan MP, former Shadow Business Minister, Dame Judith Hackett, Chair of EEF, and Baroness Wall, Vice-Chair of the APMG. With both main political parties experiencing change, and the business environment for manufacturers looking uncertain following the EU referendum result, this event provided a timely opportunity for EEF members and politicians from all parties to network, discuss key issues of the day, and celebrate the importance of UK industry.
David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, speaking at the APMG summer reception.
For more information contact Rocky Lorusso, Head of Government Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement.
EEF Briefs Richard Fuller MP
EEF met with Richard Fuller, member of the BIS Select Committee. This was the first time EEF has met the backbencher and therefore gave him an overview of EEF and the manufacturing industry’s priorities. We spoke to Mr Fuller about the apprenticeship levy and shared manufacturer’s concerns that the levy was not ready for an April 2017 implementation date. The EU referendum result has led to key announcements being delayed and, more importantly, uncertainty for businesses about recruitment and investment decisions. We shared our wider thoughts on Brexit, leading to Mr Fuller inviting EEF to submit evidence to the BIS Committee inquiry on Brexit.
For more information contact Verity O’Keefe, Senior Employment and Skills Policy Advisor.
EEF Future Manufacturing Awards
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards recognise the outstanding work and dedication of British manufacturers and apprentices. The awards are free, easy to enter and give apprentices, manufacturers and supply chain businesses of all sizes from across the UK a chance to shine.
There are nine award categories in total to go for, including:
- Environmental Achievement – in partnership with CMR consultancy group
- Innovation – in partnership with HVM Catapult
- Health and Safety – in partnership with Howden Group
- Business Growth
- Developing people
- Partnerships – in partnership with Rolls-Royce
- And of course our popular Apprentice Awards – in partnership with Siemens.
The closing date for entries is 29th July 2016. To enter or to find out more visit: http://www.eef.org.uk/awards.
For more information contact Soraia Silvello, Awards Programme Manager.
EEF Manufacturing Photography Competition
EEF and Canon are coming together for the 7th annual Manufacturing Photography competition which asks budding and experienced photographers to capture the essence of modern manufacturing. Up for grabs is a set of Canon photography equipment.
Photographs can portray any stage of manufacturing - from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product - and can cover traditional or high-tech sectors.
Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of photography and industry experts, with winners announced in December.
The competition closes on Friday 30th September. For more information and to enter, visit http://eef.mediafiler.net/.
For more information contact Alex Block, External Affairs Executive.
During an Opposition Day debate on the consequences of the EU referendum on energy and environment, the then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd mentioned that EEF were supportive of the government’s decision to set the fifth carbon budget.
During the Public Bill Committee for the Finance Bill the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rebecca Long-Bailey mentioned EEF's ongoing concerns about the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and repeated our call for it to be delayed.
For more information contact Celia Charlwood, Government Affairs Advisor.
In the media
Fallout from the referendum continued as EEF comments on the continued uncertainty for non-EU workers in the UK were featured in Reuters, The Mail and The FT. EEF was included in a major feature urging caution about the idea of opening up the country to unrestricted foreign trade in The Mail on Sunday. UK steel continued to be mentioned in articles about the steel crisis, featuring in City AM, City AM, City AM and The Telegraph (link unavailable).
For more information contact Alex Block, External Affairs Executive
Week in review
Goods exports dipped in May following solid gains in April, but the less volatile three month total was still fractionally up on a year ago. The weakness stemmed from a large drop in exports to non-EU markets.
Productivity growth showed signs of improvement in the first three months of the year with output per hour in the whole economy and manufacturing expanding by 0.5% and 0.7% respectively. The largest manufacturing gains were in the machinery and metals sectors.
The week ahead
14th July MPC decision
19th July Inflation
20th July Labour market statistics
Blogs from this week
11 Jul 2016
A round-up of the week's data releases by George Nikolaidis
12 Jul 2016
Not from Brussels, with love... by Verity O’Keefe