The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2019

The EIA would like to wish all its Members a Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2020

Please note that the EIA Office will be closed from 23/12/19 to 03/01/20 inclusive
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CONTENTS:
NEW MEMBER
National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB)
MEMBERS NEWS
Citation - latest HSE Statistics and Guidance
Filtermist International Ltd - targets further expansion
Sensor Technology Ltd - Torqsense Sensor Guarantees Tip-Top Taps!
Petaurum Solutions Ltd – launches Petaurum Local
BREXIT
INSTITUTE OF EXPORT
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE
LOBBYING
Sponsors Alliance
The Genesis Initiative
HSE - WELDING FUME AND METALWORKING FLUID SEMINAR
LEP’s LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIPS
EVENT LIST
UK Organisations / Webinars
UK Exhibitions
Conferences and Seminars
MACH 2020 Offer for EIA Members
Overseas Exhibition Programme
REPORT ON EMO HANNOVER – 16-20 SEPTEMBER 2019
DIT SERVICES
REGIONAL CHAIRMEN
EIA SERVICES AND BENEFITS
ONGOING EIA MEMBERS BENEFITS
Howden Group
IOE & IT
Metallum Insure
Petaurum Solutions
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
Citation PLC
TRADE LEADS
Qimtek Limited
GRANTS
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
R&D Tax Solutions
LEGISLATION
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support
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NEW MEMBER

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) is the UK’s largest trade body for the commercial finance broker. We are wholly independent and not-for-profit and are governed for the Members by the Members. Our Members are made up of c.1,800 commercial finance brokers spread across the UK. NACFB Members have access to over 140 UK based finance providers, the NACFB patrons, who the Members’ use to arrange finance for the clients. In addition to access to finance providers, NACFB Members are guided and supported by a dedicated regulatory support team, have exclusive access to insurance services and receive regular training through workshops, webinars and courses. The NACFB launched a business finance platform, findSMEfinance, in February 2019, a platform that allows UK businesses to seek finance through approved, independent and regulated UK brokers. Businesses can enter their requirements for finance and are then presented with up to 6 NACFB brokers who match the criteria entered and are in the vicinity of the business seeking finance.

For further information contact: Nicholas Murphy on Nicholas.murphy@nacfb.org.uk

tel: 020 3892 6017 or see https://www.findsmefinance.co.uk/eia/
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MEMBERS NEWS

Citation - latest HSE Statistics and Guidance

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published new statistics on the number of injuries and incidents of ill-health.

Compiled from the Labour Force Survey and other sources, it is indicated that in 2018/2019 there were: 

  • 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 147 workers killed at work
  • 581,000 working people sustaining an injury at work
  • 69,208 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury

Whether you are new to managing Health & Safety or want to make sure you’ve got everything covered, it’s always worth refreshing your knowledge on best practice, particularly as legislation can change.

To help keep you started, read these useful guides and resources from our partner, Citation. 

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Filtermist International Ltd - targets further expansion with new 30,000 sq ft distribution centre

One of the UK’s leading industrial air filtration and extraction specialists is investing in a new distribution centre in Shropshire to help it meet growing demand for its products. Filtermist International, which is part of the Absolent Group, has taken on a 30,000 sq ft unit just a few minutes walk away from its purpose-built Headquarters on the T54 Business Park in Telford.

Organic sales growth and an acquisition trail that has seen it purchase the DCS Group of Companies and Kerstar Ltd in the last six months, resulted in the decision to create a central facility that would be responsible for the firm’s logistics operation.

“Domestic and export orders have increased dramatically over the past five years, as the global demand to create cleaner, safer and more productive workshops that deliver clean air continues to grow,” explained James Stansfield, CEO of Filtermist International, “50 years in business is a great achievement. This is just the start and we have a lot of exciting plans for further investment and the potential for future acquisitions over the next eighteen months.”

Find out more about Filtermist by visiting www.filtermist.co.uk, or follow @filtermistuk on twitter.

Carolyn Lee who is a Contract Engineer Manager at Filtermist Systems Ltd, has been featured in The Manufacturers Top 100 list in the Young Pioneers category that recognises a person who has made an impact disproportionate to their years, providing inspiration for the future of manufacturing in the UK. James Stansfield, CEO of Filtermist Systems, added his support: “We are very passionate about investing in the next generation of engineers through apprenticeships, recruiting the best graduates and our internal training schemes.

“Carolyn who is 27, is a fantastic ambassador for manufacturing and shows what can be achieved at a relatively young age. Recognition as part of The Manufacturer Top 100 is another way of taking our industry’s message out to the wider public; modern manufacturing is a fantastically diverse industry which offers a vast array of careers.”
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Sensor Technology Ltd - Torqsense Sensor Guarantees Tip-Top Taps!

An innovative TorqSense wireless torque sensor from Sensor Technology provided an effective solution to an interesting engineering challenge when Advanced Design Innovations (ADI), a specialist supplier of custom manufacturing and testing equipment, was asked by Bristan, one of the UK’s largest and most successful manufacturers of bathroom taps and showers, to develop a new durability test rig to help optimise product performance.

For more information, please contact:Tony Ingham on 01295 730746
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Petaurum Solutions Ltd – launches Petaurum Local

Petauram Local is a new service which supports businesses across East Anglia, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands for a one stop shop for simple, pragmatic, straightforward HR advice and guidance.  Whether you are starting up, growing or facing change, Petauram help local businesses make the right HR decisions. https://petaurumsolutions.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Human-Resources-A-Practical-Guide.pdf
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BREXIT

The EIA have been attending the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Webinar and Brexit Business Readiness Forum for Trade Associations and have been distributing their newsletters to members.

The Business Brexit Helpline provides free advice on where businesses can find information and guidance to prepare for Brexit. Telephone: 0300 2000 900 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm): https://www.gov.uk/contact-business-brexit-helpline

For information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit, contact the Brexit Imports and Exports Helpline: https://www.gov.uk/contact-brexit-import-export-helpline

Extensive guidance on how your business can prepare for Brexit is available at https://www.gov.uk/brexit.

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after Brexit. The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

The Cabinet Office have produced guidance about how to submit information about projects which may be eligible under the UK government’s guarantee for EU funding. Register as an organisation getting funding directly from the EU.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-as-an-organisation-getting-funding-directly-from-the-eu?utm_source=b12cd653-03b1-4113-9662-e12b1235e403&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Government funding guarantee and extension will fund eligible UK participation in COST Actions until the end of 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020-uk-government-overview?utm_source=2512975e-557d-4d9c-bad0-0ec687615873&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

BEIS have produced guidance on how organisations receiving European Regional Development Fund grants will be affected after Brexit. Detailed information on the government guarantee can be found in the linked guide: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/european-regional-development-funding-erdf-after-brexit?utm_source=cc1b579e-5280-46e6-ae3b-c304be7c675d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

GOV.UK has an online checker tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Checker https://www.gov.uk/get-ready-brexit-check to find out: What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU; what’s changing in their sector; Information on specific rules and regulations. Businesses will need to answer simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business. Business can also stay up to date by signing up for email alerts about Brexit; https://www.gov.uk/email-signup/?topic=/brexit
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The Institute of Export & International Trade

The EIA attended the Institute of Export World Trade Summit at the Law Society’s Hall in Holborn, London on the 23 October 2019. Subjects included Exporting is easy when you know how, a panel discussion on the Global Trade Landscape, Managing Risk in International Trade, the Support Landscape for UK Exporters, and the promotion of the Queens Awards for Enterprise (International Trade). Speakers included Lesley Batchelor (IOE), The Lord Empey Kt, OBE, Jim Davis and Michal McGowan – Bibby Finance, Chris Southworth – Secretary General International Chamber or Commerce UK, John Lucy – Freight Transport Association, Brook Horowitz – IBLF Global, Liz Ward – Virtuoso Legal, Sonali Parekh – Federation of Small Businesses, Paul Baker – Founder of St Pierre Group (Bakers). If you would like further information on any of the topics or would like to get in touch with any of the speakers please contact Karen Finegold.

100 % GRANTS FOR COMPANIES TO DO EXPORT TRAINING

Government has announced new grant funding worth £16m towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and to help businesses that support others to trade goods to invest in IT. Businesses can get funding for the following: training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes and T improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently.

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future. The funding is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you, and for those that have not previously failed to meet tax obligations. To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.

Funded training must give you or your employees the skills to: carry out customs processes – this can include relevant training in safety and security; help other businesses with import and export processes

If you would like assistance with IT improvements please contact: Reuben Ash, on 07974 750 115 or reuben.ash@eia.co.uk.

The Institute of Export provides Brexit and Customs Declaration courses https://www.export.org.uk/page/brexit_courses https://www.export.org.uk/page/PostBrexitPlanning https://www.export.org.uk/page/StepbyStepGuideCustoms The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 per trainee. Contact the Institute of Export course.enquiries@export.org.uk or 01733 404400

Through membership of the EIA, you can also access the Institute of Export & International Trade’s https://www.export.org.uk/page/Export_Helpline for any queries relating to how Brexit could impact your business. All you need to do is email your query to head.office@eia.co.uk and we will forward this onto the IOE who should come back to you with their advice within 48 hours. If your query will take over 20 minutes of our expert's time to answer we will advise you and you will be given the option to purchase 'top up' time.
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Department for International Trade (DIT)

The EIA and MTA have submitted their proposed events for the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for 2020 – 2021. New shows in new markets that we would like to work on are Mexico and Ireland. Unfortunately we now have to wait until after the General Election for confirmation of the programme.
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LOBBYING

Sponsors’ Alliance
The new name for Sponsors Alliance will be ‘UK Export Partners’, with a strap line ‘Promoting British Exporters’. John Arnold, the political advisor for UK Export Partners advice is to focus our lobbying on TAP with the SNP, Lib Dems and Labour, and hit the new government quickly. Paul Alger, Chairman of UK Export Partners, is liaising with John Mahon, and has written to the new Minister The Right Hon Liz Truss, and is in contact with the new DIT team that was now in place following our contact Margaret Phillipson’s departure. UK Export Partners is also preparing its 2020 manifesto.
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The Genesis Initiative
The Genesis Initiative held a Breakfast and Senate Meeting on Wednesday 9 October 2019, Palace of Westminster. Damien Green MP, former Deputy Prime Minister, was the Guest Speaker and gave an up to date situation report on Westminster and Whitehall.

Following the Conservative Party Conference, Genesis was invited to highlight a small number of current SME issues and policy proposals to the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit which included: Digital Platforms and crime online - recouping £1bn revenues and protecting UK SMEs; IR 35 – destroying flexible British SME expertise and The British Small Business Bank (BSBB). Digital Platforms have been covered in previous notices to members but IR35 and the proposition of the British Small Business Bank are new proposals.

The Intermediaries’ legislation referred to as the IR35 tax rules (IR35) undergoes another major overhaul in April 2020 and will effect freelancers. Until April 2020 the Freelancer is primarily responsible for any tax liability if within IR35. From April 2020 the Client is responsible for issuing a status determination statement (SDS) to say if IR35 applies.  If it judges incorrectly that the rules do not apply, it becomes primarily responsible for any IR35 tax liability.

A probable outcome will be that more Freelancers will return to employment, resulting in a much less flexible workforce. Solutions: As part of Brexit planning, IR35 should be suspended for at least 3 years to ensure flexible SME contracting expertise is available competitively to the UK economy. At the same time a research-based review should compare the costs and benefits of employment as against contracting. We suspect that this could lead government to create a level playing field by giving contracting businesses within IR35 an initial start up exemption to recognise the initial risks of contracting and to encourage the progression that would lead to job creation.

SMEs need a high street national brand of the British Business Bank which fulfils their requirements for patient capital and mentoring to build confidence and the skills to grow and therefore create jobs. While operating through local providers, the British Business Bank should, like the US Small Business Administration, be the UK’s primary SME finance brand. Just 36% of SMEs now use external finance compared to 44% in 2012 and, according to the British Business Bank, over 7 in 10 firms say they would rather forgo growth than take on external finance. The Bank of England noted (in 2003) “it is hard for businesses (and their advisers) to review what is available and find the best scheme”; this remains the case. Solution – The British Small Business Bank (BSBB) SMEs need an institution they can engage with as a known and trusted long-term partner. Working through existing financial institutions, the BSBB, as a new division of the British Business Bank, should partner regionally and operate teams of local mentors/assessors to lead the necessary cultural change. SMEs need patient capital for anything up to 25 years. The BSBB should provide guarantees to local partners over these periods of 75%, sometimes 90% or more, with the borrower normally taking a risk on the rest. As in the US a small fee covers the costs of the BSBB and its partners.  This is an intervention to end market failure. It will be important to grow a brand and awareness of what should be a powerful presence to support small business.

The Genesis for Women in Business Group (GWBG) were setting up a Finance for Female Entrepreneurs (FFE) Group which would assist women obtaining investment for new and existing businesses by working through Access to Finance already in place through Genesis. This was the number one priority in the Rose Report which highlighted that women launch businesses with 53% less capital than men and were less aware of the funding options available.
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WELDING FUME AND METALWORKING FLUID SEMINAR

Helping to keep your workforce safe and your company on the right side of the law!

This oversubscribed event was held on the 26th November 2019 at EIA member Filtermist International Ltd in Telford and was arranged by the Safety & Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP) in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as this would be the main focus of HSE inspections from January 2020.

Please see the following website for information on HSE issued task specific guidance for welding, cutting and allied jobs: http://www.hse.gov.uk/welding/guidance/index.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Welding&utm_term=riskmanagement&utm_content=coshhsheets-nov19

There are now 13 UK engineering trade associations involved with the SHEP initiative.

SHEP have launched their website which will give up to date information on HSE news see: https://shepuk.co.uk/
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LEP’s LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIPS

Members looking for business funding, support or guidance, should contact their local Growth Hub who will be able to assist them. There are 38 across England and can be found on https://www.lepnetwork.net/growth-hubs/. The Hubs are local public/private sector partnerships led by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). They join up national local business support so it is easy for businesses to find the help they need.
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EVENT LIST

UK ORGANISATIONS / WEBINARS

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
For a list of events see: http://www.brchamber.co.uk/events

British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network
For information see: https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/global-business-network 

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
For a list of events see: https://portal.cbbc.org/civicrm/event/ical?reset=1&list=1&html=1&location=1

Department for International Trade (DIT)
For a list of webinars see: https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/upcoming-webinars/

Open to Export
For a list of webinars see: https://opentoexport.com/webinars/

Rail Mentor – The Gateway to Business Growth
For further information see: www.railmentor.com

South Yorkshire International Trade Centre
For a list of events see: http://www.syitc.com/events

International Trade Forum (Sheffield)
For further information see: http://www.intradeforum.co.uk/
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UK EXHIBITIONS

SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS 2020
11 – 13 February 2020
Farnborough, Hampshire
https://www.industrysouth.co.uk

AIR-TECH, DRIVES AND CONTROLS, PLANT AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, FLUID POWER AND SYSTEMS
21 – 23 April 2020
NEC
AIR-TECH
http://www.airtech-expo.com/ 
DRIVES & CONTROLS
http://www.drives-expo.com/
PLANT AND ASSET MANAGEMENT
http://www.maintenanceuk-expo.com/
FLUID POWER AND SYSTEMS
http://www.fluidpowersystems-expo.com/

MACH
20 - 24 April 2020
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.machexhibition.com/

SUBCON
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING UK
ENGINEER DESIGN AND INNOVATION
9 – 11 June 2020
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.subconshow.co.uk/
https://www.theengineer-expo.co.uk/
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CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

Make UK (formerly EEF) Annual Conference – 25 February 2020, London https://eu.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=200191263&?&reference=WEB
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MACH 2020 offer for EIA Members

Attracting 25,000 visitors and in excess of 600 exhibitors, MACH is the platform to connect UK manufacturing engineers, decision makers, buyers and specifiers with suppliers of new technology, equipment, services and processes.

The MTA are offering EIA Members a special rate of £365/m2 for a full package scheme. The offer is for companies taking a space in the UK Supply Zone. (Usually £380 per m2 plus the furniture.) The package includes: Full shell scheme stand including your company name on the fascia panel; Carpet, lighting and a power socket; Meeting table, chairs and a counter to store your literature and giveaways; Stand cleaning; FREE place on the “How to exhibit” training day to ensure you understand how to make the most from the enquiries generated at MACH; FREE listing in the show catalogue and on the MACH website

For further details, or to book your stand, please visit www.machexhibition.com
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OVERSEAS EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

The EIA have received confirmation that the following EIA and MTA asterisk international overseas trade shows are being supported by the Department for International Trade, with up to £2,500 available to eligible UK companies exhibiting at these events. We hope to have funding on the other shows or special deals with the Organisers.

STEELFAB*
Middle East’s Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
14 – 17 January 2020
Sharjah, UAE
http://www.steelfabme.com/

INTERNATIONAL EISENWARENMESSE*
International Hardware Fair
1 – 4 March 2020
Cologne, Germany
http://www.eisenwarenmesse.com

THE BIG SHOW OMAN*
International Exhibition of Building and Construction
30 March – 1 April 2020
Muscat, Oman
http://www.thebigshow-oman.com

METALLOOBRABOTKA
International show for the machine tool and metalworking industry
25 – 29 May 2020
Moscow, Russia
http://www.metobr-expo.ru/en/

MTA VIETNAM
International Precision Engineering, Machine Tools and Metalworking Exhibition
7 - 10 July 2020
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
http://www.mtavietnam.com  

MSPO
International Defence Industry Exhibition
1 - 4 September 2020
Kielce, Poland
https://targikielce.pl/en/26th-international-defence-industry-exhibition-mspo,16791.htm 

IMTS
International Manufacturing Technology Show
14 – 19 September 2020
Chicago, USA
https://www.imts.com/

AMB
International exhibition for metal working
15 – 19 September 2020
Stuttgart, Germany
https://www.messe-stuttgart.de/amb

EUROBLECH
International Sheet Metal Working Exhibition
27 – 30 October 2020
Hanover, Germany
https://www.eurobech.com

METALEX
International Machine Tool and Metalworking Technology Trade Exhibition and Conference
18 - 21 November 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.metalex.co.th/

STEELFAB
Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
12 – 15 January 2021
Sharjah, UAE
http://www.steelfabme.com/

IMTEX / TOOLTECH
Tool Cutting and Machine Tool Exhibition
21 – 26 January 2021
Bangalore, India
http://imtex.in/

NATIONAL MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
29 – 30 January 2021
Dublin
http://www.manufacturingevent.com/

EXPO MANUFACTURA
9 - 12 February 2021
Monterrey, Mexico
http://www.expomanufactura.com.mx/

THE BIG SHOW OMAN
16th International Exhibition of Building and Construction
March 2021
Muscat, Oman
http://www.thebigshow-oman.com 

CIMT
China International Machine Tool Show
19 - 21 April 2021
Beijing, China
https://www.expocheck.com/en/expos/3217-cimt-china-international-machine-tool-show-beijing-china

Contact: Karen Finegold on Karen.finegold@eia.co.uk for further information.

For a complete list of all DIT supported shows, see DIT supported shows 
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REPORT ON EMO HANNOVER – 16-20 SEPTEMBER 2019

EMO Hannover is the world’s largest and most international trade fair for metalworking. The EIA attended this biannual show which took place in Hannover Germany this year with the MTA on their Association stand. The exhibition attracted 2,226 exhibitors over 17 halls, with 1,417 from overseas from 44 countries. 26 UK exhibitors attend the show including CG Tech Ltd, Curtis Machine Tools Ltd, Dontyne Gears Ltd, Gilmour Tools Ltd, Precision Components Ltd, Rigibore Ltd and XYZ Machine Tools Ltd who all received grant funding. 128,966 visitors attended the show from all areas of manufacturing technology including vehicle construction, aerospace, machinery and plant construction, electronics and electrical engineering, precision machinery/optics, and the metal process industry. Companies book into their respective sector halls to gain maximum advantage. The next show will be in Milan from 4 – 9 October 2021. For further information see: https://emo-milano.com/en/homepage-3/ 
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DIT SERVICES

DIT offer a range of UK international trade services to UK companies including the Export Opportunities, High Value Opportunities, E-Exporting, Tradeshow Access Programme, Events Trade Fairs, Missions, and Webinars, Overseas Market Introductions as well support from a DIT International Trade Advisor can be found on: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment/about/about-our-services

Click UK Export Finance and Open To Export for more information.
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REGIONAL CHAIRMEN

The EIA have regional Chairmen who would be happy to assist member companies.

Please contact:

North West Chairman, Peter Thornhill on 07710 079644 or peter@renshawwilliams.co.uk
Associate Consultant for the North, Reuben Ash on 07974 750115 or reuben.ash@eia.co.uk

Southern Chairman, Mac Ghadially on 07770 795905 or mac.ghadially@gmail.com

The EIA also has a Chinese Partner, Hanming Lee, based in Beijing China

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EIA SERVICES AND BENEFITS

The EIA provide an enormous number of services and benefits for members. We would be delighted to update you so that you see how we can assist you to run your business together with money saving initiatives. If you would like us to send you a leaflet contact head.office@eia.co.uk

We would like to hear how EIA members have implemented new 4.0 technology into their businesses no matter how small this is. Please send a short paragraph to Karen Finegold on karen.finegold@eia.co.uk as it may be of interest to other members.
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ONGOING EIA MEMBERS BENEFITS

Howden Group
As part of your membership benefits you have access to the health and wellness advice of Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, an independent health and wellness specialist, working with companies of all sizes, consumers and their families, to source the best healthcare solution to suit your needs. Their expert consultant and customer service teams are renowned. Their knowledge, expertise and commitment means they get to know what really works for you and when relevant, are able to think further than the usual solutions.

For more information visit our website www.howdengroup.co.uk/uk-en/employeebenefits or contact your partnership account manager, Katy Lyles on 01274 588 862 or email katy.lyles@howdengroup.com
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Institute of Export & International Trade
The EIA have partnered with the Institute of Export who are the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

The EIA are now able to offer its members’ access to the IOE’s Helpline, for all export related enquiries, and a reduction on the price of IOE’s training and educational programmes.

Training Programmes can be found on: http://www.export.org.uk/page/TrainingCourses

For further information, please see www.export.org.uk, contact Luke Allingham at the IOE on luke.allingham@export.org.uk or Tel: +44 (0) 1733 404 423.
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Metallum Insure
Metallum Insure, is a unique Commercial Combined Policy available exclusively to members of the Engineering Industries Association. Companies have been most happy with the quotations received and both new and existing members, have made the decision to insure their business through Metallum. Underwritten by leading ‘A’ Rated insurers, cover is flexible and can be tailored to meet individual requirements, fitting a wide range of industries and processes in the engineering sector. In addition, subsidised EIA membership fees are available to Metallum Insure Policyholders.

To learn more visit www.metalluminsure.com or call the friendly team on 0161 483 3888

Renshaw Williams & Co limited Great Moor House, 2 Fence Street, Great Moor, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7HP www.renshawwilliams.co.uk
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Petaurum Solutions
We help companies plan and implement change and new ways of working. From simple HR advice to taking on or moving out employees through mergers and acquisitions. We not only support the planning but also help and advice during any implementation stage, thereby giving our clients the best solution for success and by doing the right thing at the right time, helping save time and money and reduce company and personal frustration by avoiding costly rework. We also provide simple cost-effective Pensions Automatic Enrolment solutions and a great employee benefits scheme all of which will help you attract and retain great people.

Contact: http://petaurumsolutions.co.uk/eia-enrolment-page
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HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is the authoritative body in Great Britain for issues relating to health and safety in the workplace. The HSE website provides online search and ordering facilities for their publications and is updated daily. You can order by telephone, fax, email or post. Contact details: HSE, PO Box 199, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel: 01787 881165 or https://books.hse.gov.uk/ and the Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011.
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The Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP) enables companies to anomalously work through their trade associations with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to assist and improve standards within the engineering sector. If you have any Health & Safety issues in the workplace contact the EIA.
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Citation PLC
Citation PLC can provide advice on Health and Safety and Employment law and offer training courses all over the country. Free guides are also available for members and for a free audit of your existing compliance standard, call Citation on 0845 844 1111.

Don’t forget to mention that you are an EIA member in order to get your discount on the Citation service.www.citation.co.uk/engineering
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TRADE LEADS

EIA members are invited to promote their spare capacity, request assistance with outsourcing or promote machines for sale on our trade leads section of our website. Email your leads to head.office@eia.co.uk. See http://www.eia.co.uk/trade-leads.aspx for latest trade leads. 
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Qimtek Limited
Additionally, Qimtek Limited provide engineering leads at special rates for EIA members. See www.qimtek.co.uk/rfq/engineering.html
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GRANTS

Information on the latest European grants, UK Government grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business (promoting, improving productivity, buying equipment, employing staff etc) in all UK regions can be found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-the-regional-growth-fund
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MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
EIA Member, MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd (www.mcs-corporate.com) can give further information on any of the following: 

  • Research & Development Tax Credits
  • RDEC
  • Land Remediation Relief
  • Patent Box Corporate Tax Relief
  • Innovate UK Grants
  • Research & Development Capital Allowances
  • EIS – SEIS
  • Grants

MCS Corporate Strategies will identify, analyse, compile and prepare full claims for submission to HMRC and awarding bodies.  This includes financial and technical reports and ongoing liaison-contact with HMRC.  Direct any queries about these items and any other reliefs and allowances to MCS. Call 01926 512 475 or e.mail: info@mcs-net.com
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R&D Tax Solutions
EIA Member, R&D Tax Solutions can also give advice on tax credits.
Contact Evgeni Vachkov for more information on 0161 298 1010
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LEGISLATION

The Governments new website aims to assist companies start, grow and improve their businesses. It is the Governments primary support service.

For up-to-date information, support and compliance see: https://www.gov.uk/browse/business 
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CRONER - MEMBER TELEPHONE ADVISORY SUPPORT

The EIA has teamed up with Croner to offer you access to the Croner Business Support Advice Line as a benefit of your membership subscription, at no additional charge.

With over 70 years’ experience, Croner is the leading provider of compliance solutions to UK businesses. Croner employs specialists, all having professional backgrounds and qualifications, many of them experienced solicitors, so members can benefit from their extensive knowledge and practical experience, in their respective fields.  The advice Croner provide is ‘solution based’ rather than legal jargon and always up to date and relevant.

What can I receive advice on?

Telephone Advice and guidance will be provided in UK Law and practice in the following areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Employment Law and Personnel
  • Tax, VAT, PAYE, NIC, & Payroll
  • Commercial legal matters

What are the benefits?

You’ll enjoy the following benefits from the Croner consultancy team

  • Peace of mind - Access to a team of professional advisors with unparalleled knowledge, qualifications and experience.  All from professional backgrounds many of them experienced HR Professionals, solicitors, along with ex Inland Revenue, tax & vat consultants and also Tech IOSH qualified safety consultants.
  • Save money - 1 hour of employment law advice with an experienced employment law solicitor could cost in excess of £200 per hour.  This level of advice is included in your membership subscription, so saving you money and offering you peace of mind that you are turning to industry professionals for support.
  • Save Time – Searching the internet for the correct document or piece of legislation can take an incredible amount of time, along with the added stress that as the internet is not controlled, the legislation you have found could be out of date or the document is not suitable for use within the UK.

How do I contact the Consultants?

Full details were sent in your membership pack or contact EIA Head Office at head.office@eia.co.uk or telephone 0207 298 6455
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