Intelligence Briefing 30th June 2016

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In this issue: Moving forward with Brexit negotiations | EEF gives evidence at the Environmental Audit Committee | Have your say on the impact of the EU referendum | EEF Future Manufacturing Awards | In the media | Blogs from this week |

Moving forward with Brexit negotiations

Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, EEF is engaging with key decision-makers to put manufacturers’ concerns front and centre of the forthcoming exit negotiations. In the past week Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, attended the business summit hosted by the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, and also attended by Business Minister Anna Soubry MP, Trade and Investment Minister Lord Price, and Economic Secretary to the Treasury Harriett Baldwin MP. We highlighted EEF’s positions on ensuring access to the single market, protecting the UK’s trading relationships, and the need to ensure that the migration of workers into the UK is not impaired now or in any future negotiations. This is a very fluid situation with the real negotiations expected to take place once a new Prime Minister is in place after 9 September, but EEF will be working hard in the weeks ahead to ensure the priorities of manufacturers are heard.

For more information contact Rocky Lorusso, Head of Government Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement.

EEF gives evidence at the Environmental Audit Committee

On Tuesday EEF appeared before the Environmental Audit Committee to give evidence to an inquiry into HM Treasury and Sustainability. The Committee’s main focus was on the role of the Treasury in supporting investment in the green economy and what could be done to ensure sustainability was kept on the policy-making agenda.

EEF made the point that continuity in policy decision-making was key, and that sudden announcements such as the withdrawal of funding to Carbon Capture and Storage in the Comprehensive Spending Review were highly damaging to investor confidence. EEF also emphasised the need for an overarching Industrial Strategy that would better co-ordinate policy decisions between Government Departments and give business a clearer indication of what to expect for the long-term.

For more information contact Claire Jakobsson at Head of Climate, Energy & Environment Policy.

Have your say on the impact of the EU referendum

The EU referendum decision has led to a significant amount of market volatility and political uncertainty. As a representative body for the manufacturing sector it is critical that we understand how this decision is currently affecting business conditions and how companies expect to manage these over the next year.

We want to be confident that when we speak to the media or to policy makers about the impact of the referendum on the UK manufacturing sector that EEF members have had their say.

Keep an eye on your inbox next Monday 4 July for our survey invite to ask you about your views. The survey should take ten minutes to complete and will ensure we have the information needed to represent the UK manufacturing sector – please take part. If you wish to have your say but do not receive an invite, please contact Heidi Simon, Survey Administrator.

For more information contact Madeleine Scott, Senior Policy Researcher.

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
  • Leadership
  • Business Growth
  • Developing people
  • Partnerships – in partnership with Rolls-Royce
  • Export
  • 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:

For more information contact Soraia Silvello, Awards Programme Manager.

In the media

With the fall-out of the vote to leave the EU dominating the news, EEF’s reaction was featured in The FT (link unavailable), City AM, The Guardian, The Telegraph and BBC. UK Steel’s reaction to the vote was covered in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, Reuters, Sky News, The Independent and The Guardian. EEF and other business groups met with Business secretary, Sajid Javid, to discuss the concerns of business and the forthcoming exit negotiations. This meeting was covered in City AM, City AM, The Times (link unavailable) and BBC.

For more information contact Mark Swift, Head of News

Blogs from this week

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Weekly round up of forthcoming data releases by Zach Witton

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Manufacturing trade and Brexit – which sectors are exposed? by Chris Richards

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Heathrow is a key linchpin for boosting post-Brexit trade by Chris Richards
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