Intelligence Briefing 5th May 2016

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In this issue: EEF campaigns for a delay to the apprenticeship levy | EEF meets Special Advisor to the Chancellor | EEF Future Manufacturing Awards – recognising and rewarding UK manufacturing’s unsung heroes | Made in Britain. Loved by the World. 14 June 2016, Exhibition Centre Liverpool | In Parliament | In the media | Week in review | The week ahead | Blogs from this week

EEF campaigns for a delay to the apprenticeship levy

This week EEF has called on government to delay implementation of the apprenticeship levy. This follows a recent survey by EEF which found that only 1% of manufacturers support the roll out of the apprenticeship levy in its current form, with 72% stating that the government should delay its implementation until it is fit for purpose. Manufacturers want the new scheme to be simple, easy to use and fair, yet our survey findings show that it is complex, confusing and seen as nothing more than an additional cost burden on business.

As part of our campaign we met with Baroness Burt, Liberal Democrat BIS spokesperson, this week to discuss some of the key issues. Among the major issues that remain unanswered by the government are around how the levy will work for companies that operate across the UK and those companies with variable pay. EEF also has major concerns around the lack of flexibility in how employers that are in scope of the levy can spend their vouchers. The recent BIS guidance states that vouchers will expire within 18 months and that payments will automatically be taken from an employer’s online account on a monthly basis, therefore reducing flexibility on agreeing a payment schedule with a provider. This week we also met with Graham Stuart MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Careers Information, Advice and Guidance, where we raised our concerns.

You can read EEF’s latest Apprenticeship Levy FAQs here.

Read our latest blog on the Apprenticeship Levy here.

Read the 5 key issues that the government needs to address on the Apprenticeship Levy here.

For more information contact Verity O’Keefe, Senior Employment and Skills Policy Adviser

EEF meets Special Advisor to the Chancellor

The Chancellor’s special adviser Neil O’Brien met with EEF’s policy team to discuss industrial strategy and current issues including the apprenticeship levy. As part of EEF’s ongoing policy and lobbying work we will continue to engage with other Treasury officials in the coming months on these issues.

For more information contact Hywel Jarman, Director of External Affairs

EEF Future Manufacturing Awards – recognising and rewarding UK manufacturing’s unsung heroes

We have launched our 8th annual Future Manufacturing awards.

The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of British manufacturers and apprentices. They are easy to enter and winning really helps to set your business apart. Details of how to enter can be found here.

There are nine award categories in total to go for. These include:

  • 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.

For the first time, the apprentice awards will also recognise the achievements of apprentices working in other important roles in manufacturing, such as marketing, procurement and finance. A new Business Apprentice Award has been launched this year to showcase the significant contribution they make to their employers’ business activities.

The Awards are open to all UK manufacturers and businesses operating within the supply chain. You don't need to be an EEF member to enter and it's free - so select the categories you're interested in and download your entry forms to get started.

For more information contact Alex Block, External Affairs Executive

Made in Britain. Loved by the World. 14 June 2016, Exhibition Centre Liverpool

What are the emerging trends in global manufacturing? Where are UK manufacturers leading the way and what are the secrets to their success? Why is the UK such a hotbed for product and process innovation?

We address these questions and more at Made in Britain. Loved by the World a manufacturers’ conference and business networking event delivered by EEF at the International Festival for Business 2016.

Featuring industry experts and panel debates from some of the UK's - as well as the world's - leading manufacturers, you'll have the opportunity to come together and share ideas; find solutions to common problems; Identify new customers, suppliers and business partners; access the world's biggest business festival and be a part of the world's largest business club network.


For more information contact Rocky Lorusso, Head of Government Affairs

In Parliament

EEF member and Managing Director of Hymid Two-Shot Ltd Tom McMurtrie, gave evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee as part of its inquiry into access to finance.

For more information contact Celia Charlwood, Government Affairs Adviser

In the media

As the Steel crisis continued, UK Steel was featured in The Guardian, The Mail, ITV and The Times (subscription required).

EEF’s warning to the government about the Apprenticeship Levy was covered in City AM, The FT, The Telegraph (link unavailable) and the Mirror (link unavailable).

Elsewhere, EEF’s comments about the manufacturing sectors unease towards the upcoming EU referendum were featured in The FT, The Times (subscription required), The Mail and The BBC.

For more information contact Alex Block, External Affairs Executive

Week in review

Manufacturing PMI

The manufacturing PMI fell to its lowest level in three years in April. The index dropped below the 50 no change mark to 49.2 as production weakened in the investment and consumer goods sectors. Weak export demand and referendum uncertainty were also cited as reasons be

The week ahead

10th May: UK trade
11th May: Index of Production

Blogs from this week

3 May 2016
Why implementation of the apprenticeship levy must be delayed by Verity O’Keefe

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Ibstockrepair Levy FAQs

Everything we know so far about the Apprenticeship Levy.

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