The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2019

CONTENTS:
NEW MEMBER
– University of Bradford

MEMBERS NEWS
Filtermist International Ltd

Challenge Europe Ltd
Proximo Strategies
CRONER - SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT LAW 2019
BREXIT
Business Brexit All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

Training for Brexit
Assistance with Export Documentation
HR Employment Law and Health & Safety
BE THE BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAMME
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)
EIA LOBBYING
President’s Meetings

Sponsors’ Alliance (SA)
MANUFACTURING GROWTH PROGRAMME
EIA SERVICES AND BENEFITS

EVENT LIST
UK Organisations
Webinars
UK Exhibitions
Overseas Exhibition Programme
Free Tickets for Hannover Messe
REPORTS ON EIA OVERSEAS SHOWS
STEELFAB (14 – 17 January 2019 in Sharjah)
IMTEX (50th Edition took place 24 – 30 January 2019 in Bangalore)
DIT SERVICES
REGIONAL CHAIRMEN

ONGOING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EIA MEMBERS
Currencies Direct

IOE & IT
Jaluch Limited
Metallum Insure
Petaurum Solutions
Punter Southall Health & Protection
SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
TRADE LEADS
Applegate PRO
Qimtek Limited
GRANTS
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd

R&D Tax Solutions
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS

Citation PLC
LEGISLATION
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support
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NEW MEMBER

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD
Richmond Road, Bradford, BD7 1DP
Tel: 01274 232 323
Email: business@bradford.ac.uk  Web: www.bradford.ac.uk

The University of Bradford is a technology focused university with over 50 years’ experience of working with business to deliver research services using affordable funding routes. They help companies daily to adapt or develop their product ranges, services or infrastructure to create a competitive edge or generate efficiency gains. They have affordable routes to achieve this, some of which are only available through working with universities.
Contact Helen Horsman for more information.
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MEMBERS NEWS

FILTERMIST INTERNATIONAL LTD, a leading Industrial air filtration and extraction specialist, has successfully completed its largest ever acquisition with the £6.6million purchase of Yorkshire-based DCS Group.

Filtermist International, which is part of the Absolent Group, believes the deal will provide the group with the opportunity to increase its global presence in key sectors, including pharmaceutical and woodworking. It is the latest in a series of recent acquisitions that have included dust filtration systems manufacturer Dustcheck Ltd and customised air movement and air pollution control system specialist Multi-Fan Systems. ’This latest deal is designed to significantly enhance Absolent Group’s presence in the dust and fume extraction market,’ commented James Stansfield, Filtermist International CEO. ‘We offer a full turn-key service for customers that need to ensure the air is free from a wide range of contaminants. This ranges from initial recommendations and project management services, to equipment manufacture and supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales support.’

For further information see www.filtermist.co.uk or www.dcslimited.co.uk
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CHALLENGE (EUROPE) LTD, in conjunction with their sales partners Hafren, are delighted to offer safety and security through the medium of their primary fastener ranges. These high quality competitive fasteners are in constant demand for use in a vast range of security applications in projects all over the world. The need to safeguard against theft, vandalism and tampering is an increasingly essential part of many design specifications. To counter these threats Challenge Europe provide a comprehensive range of vandal and tamper resistant fixings and fasteners which have a varied range of uses, e.g. Architecture, Parks and Playgrounds, Automotive, Airports and Rail Stations, Prisons, Signage, Fencing, Regeneration Projects, Major Sporting Arenas, Public Venues, Street Furniture.

Further information on security fasteners from Challenge Europe can be found at www.challenge-europe.co.uk/security-fasteners/.
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PROXIMO STRATEGIES advises that funding is now available for established, ambitious manufacturing and engineering companies looking to increase sales. Proximo Strategies is offering a fully funded evaluation of your sales figures and compare your company with the industry standard. Using the latest cutting edge software, you will quickly know the strengths and weaknesses of your sales team and understand how improvements can easily be made. Each sales person has their own individual strengths and weaknesses, and the software will identify the areas that require attention. For further information see: http://reubenash.com/
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CRONER - SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT LAW 2019

Croner has advised us that from this April, new employment laws will force businesses to alter how they work. With increases to the National Living and Minimum Wage, significant changes to payslip rules, and larger pension contributions due to take effect, businesses must prepare now to be ready in time. For further information see http://www.eia.co.uk/item/705/CRONER---SIGNIFICANT-CHANGES-TO-EMPLOYMENT-LAW-2019
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BREXIT

The UK Government’s Partnership pack explains how trade, processes and regulations at the UK border will change after 29 March 2019. There are several areas that are likely to be particularly poignant with members. These relate to Customs, Excise, VAT and Regulatory Changes, Traders and Transportation.
Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a no deal EU exit.

The Government’s overview for preparing for Brexit ie: information about EU Exit including article 50 process, negotiations and announcements about policy changes can be found at Prepare for EU Exit.
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BUSINESS BREXIT ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP (APPG)

The EIA attended the first Business Brexit APPG chaired by Anne Marie Morris MP, with guest speaker Tim Reardon, Head of EU Exit at the Port of Dover, on how prepared the port is for Brexit day. He offered the following summary relating to customs.

Customs -The UK plans were set out very succinctly in the autumn of 2017 in the ‘Customs Bill White Paper’; the plans for traffic at Dover and other ferry ports are in paragraphs 5.10 and 5.34. In essence: all declarations would have to be made before the lorry arrives at the port of embarkation so that lorries did not need to stop at the port to obtain clearance. For imports to the UK, declarations would be made before check-in in France and, on disembarkation in Dover, lorries would drive straight out of the port as they do now unless pulled aside (as now) for an exceptional examination. For exports from the UK, all lorries would be declared and cleared for export prior to reaching Dover so that, when they do reach the port, they check-in and proceed straight to the ship (as now). Clearly, this plan is intended to (and will) keep the traffic flowing through the UK checkpoints as it does now, ensuring that UK customs controls do not cause disruption in the port. Even though it will not disrupt the flow of lorries, it will of course impose a significant new cost on the overall supply chain, as businesses up and downstream from the port incur significant cost in generating customs declarations and fulfilling other procedural obligations. French Customs has publicly outlined, but not yet published, a plan along similar lines: all lorries (except empties) to be declared before they reach a ferry terminal so that, when they get there, they are stopped only if the Douane actually wants to examine their contents, which will be unusual.

Anne Marie advised that she would be taking up the issue of awareness and preparedness among businesses, particularly SMEs, with the relevant Minister.
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TRAINING FOR BREXIT

With so much being said about Brexit at the moment and the prospect of a no deal exit from the EU increasingly significant, it is paramount that UK businesses prepare themselves for the various scenarios that are potentially looking. According to the Institute for Government there are 180,000 businesses trading goods between the UK and the EU who will require to complete customs declarations for the first time. The Institute of Export (IoE) can offer a Customs and Documentation one day training course on the information that is require to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. The government is offering grants to cover up to 70% of training to help businesses prepare for Brexit. Applications will close on 5 April 2019 or earlier if all the funding is allocated. Contact: IoE Training Team on 01733 404423 or www.export.org.uk/page/TrainingCourses The IoE also offer courses on introduction to exporting, introduction to importing, letters of credit, introduction to export licensing controls, customs procedures and documentation, customs classification and tariff codes, UK & US Export Controls: A basis understanding, excise duties, authorised economic Operator (AEO) training, understanding rules of origin, free trade, effective incoterms 2010, dangerous goods awareness, VAT in International trade, and courses in trading with China, Russia.
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ASSISTANCE WITH EXPORT DOCUMENTATION

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry are the largest facilitator of export documentation in the UK. With the on come of Brexit, companies who have only exported to the European Union will need assistance in organising paperwork which previously would not have been required.  Documentation, in traditional format and online, is part and parcel of international trade transactions. Certificates of origin (COs) can give companies preferential (usually zero) rates of import duty where free trade agreements apply. They are also termed Movement Certificates EUR 1. COs (non-preferential) are also regularly called for in documentary letters of credit as part of the payment process; and they feature in trade with Arab League states. Often such documents require legalization services involving foreign Embassies or Consulates. Where goods are being shipped temporarily from the UK for a trade fair or exhibition, or are samples or professional equipment, the appropriate document is often the ATA Carnet (known as the ‘passport for goods’). This enables the Carnet holder to go about their business confidently and without paying duties and taxes once they have ensured that appropriate vouchers on the document have been stamped by Customs.

For further information contact the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry https://www.londonchamber.co.uk/export-documents/all-export-documents/ or the Head of the Exports Documents Team is Davor McKinley dmckingley@londonchamber.co.uk
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HR & EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HEALTH AND SAFETY

EIA Member CITATION - Specialists in HR & Employment Law and Health and Safety have offered the following fact sheets:

HR and Employment Law myths many employers have re Brexit

Health & Safety myths

Countdown Guide to Brexit, plots out key events of the last year, important talking points and dates that every business owner should be looking at.
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BE THE BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAMME

A new nationwide mentoring programme has launched, pairing senior figures from some of the UK’s biggest companies with ambitious SME leaders in Greater Manchester and Greater Birmingham and Solihull, London and the North East.

Thirteen leading companies (Accenture, Amazon, BAE Systems, Be the Business, BT, Cisco, EY, GSK, the John Lewis Partnership, KPMG, McKinsey, Siemens UK and Sharing in Growth) have signed up to provide over 130 mentors of a calibre seldom accessed by small business leaders. The programme is led by regional Growth Hub partners, which have great local knowledge and have developed a rigorous process to match prospective mentees with the best possible.

The programme will continue to expand during 2019 and beyond with thousands more joining as the scheme spreads across the UK.

Arunima Dhar, advanced manufacturing programme lead at GSK and mentor, summed it up by saying: ‘There is some very serious value to having mentors from external companies. Each company has its own culture and its own perspective. If you’re in a company or an organisation for a long period of time you get ingrained in that way of thinking. To get an external perspective is fantastic because they don’t necessarily think the same way you do, and that fresh perspective offers a better sounding board for new ideas and ways of working.’

Companies wanting to take part should either contact their local LEP or Growth Hub or see: https://www.bethebusiness.com/

Be the Business are holding an event on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Royal Institute of British Architects with talks by some of the UK’s best-know business leaders including Sir Charlie Mayfield (Chairman, John Lewis Partnership) and Doug Gurr (Country Manager, Amazon UK), and innovative small firms will have the opportunity of one-to-one mentoring sessions with some of the UK’s leading firms including BAE Systems, Cisco and GSK. For further information click register.
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DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)

DIT have circulated the latest Terms and Conditions for the 2019 -2020 Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP). Grants will now be offered to all SMEs with less than 250 employees an annual turnover not exceeding €50m or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43m but they want to target those companies with an annual Turnover of between £83k and £5 million. All companies should apply for the grant. There is no longer a cap on percentage of exports. Companies can still only apply for six grants in their lifetime.
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EIA LOBBYING

PRESIDENT’S MEETINGS

Sir Ronald Halstead (SRH) has attended several meetings with Ministers, including Lord Price, former Trade Minister, on 29 January and Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, on 30 January to discuss the SME export programme. SRH stressed the importance of the Department for International Trade’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) which provides financial help for SMEs to attend overseas trade shows.

SRH has also had Government meetings on Brexit and will soon be meeting with RT Hon Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for exiting the European Union.
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SPONSORS ALLIANCE (SA)

SA continue to lobby Government with regard to TAP. We have received confirmation of the 2019 – 2020 programme and key points that have arisen from the latest revised Terms and Conditions include: targeting 75% of the scheme for companies with a turnover between £83k and £5m which will penalise some industries unfairly; the Terms and Conditions are substantially longer, more complicated and increasingly bureaucratic with application forms requesting more intrusive information required for each company; and additional targets, paperwork, and risk for Trade Associations.
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MANUFACTURING GROWTH PROGRAMME

Manufacturing Growth Programme funding available for new applications ends 31 March 2019. The Programme can cover up to 35% of the cost of implementing plans through an improvement grant. Areas currently covered by Manufacturing Growth Programme include all of the West Midlands; Northants; Leicestershire; Lincolnshire; Staffordshire; York & North Yorkshire; Leeds City Region; Humberside; Norfolk; Suffolk; Bedfordshire; Hertfordshire; Buckinghamshire and the South East LEP area (local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock).

For further information contact: Malcolm Healey, Manufacturing Growth Manager, Economic Growth Solutions Ltd on malcolm.healey@egs.live
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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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EVENT LIST

UK ORGANISATIONS

BARNSLEY & ROTHERHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For a list of events see: http://www.brchamber.co.uk/events

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

COUNCIL OF BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN EUROPE (COBCOE)
For a list of events see: http://www.cobcoe.eu/events/

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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WEBINARS

A list of Department for International Trade Webinars can be found on https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/upcoming-webinars/
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UK EXHIBITIONS

THE MIDLANDS BUSINESS NETWORK
8 March 2019
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
https://themidlandsbusinessnetwork.co.uk/events/midlands-business-network-march-expo-2019/

SUBCON, THE ENGINEER EXPO, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
4 – 6 June 2019
NEC, Birmingham
www.subconshow.co.uk

AUTOMECHANIKA
4 – 6 June 2019
NEC, Birmingham
www.automechanika-birmingham.com

ADVANCED ENGINEERING 2019
30 – 31 October 2019
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.easyfairs.com/advanced-engineering-2019/advanced-engineering-2019/

NORTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS
2 – 3 October 2019
Event City, Manchester
https://www.exhibitions.co.uk/event/northern-manufacturing-2019

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

The EIA have received confirmation that the following EIA and MTA 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.

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

CIMT (not funded)
China International Machine Tool Show
15 – 20 April 2019
Beijing, China
http://www.cimtshow.com

METALOOBRABOKTA (not funded)
International Exhibition of Equipment Instruments and Tools for the Metalworking Industry
27 – 31 May 2019
Moscow, Russia
http://www.metobr-expo.ru/en/

MTA VIETNAM
The 16th International Precision Engineering, Machine Tools and Metalworking Exhibition
2 – 5 July 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
http://www.mtavietnam.com

MSPO 2019
The 26th International Defence Industry Exhibition
3 – 6 September 2019
Kielce, Poland
http://www.targikielce.pl/en/26th-international-defence-industry-exhibition-mspo,16791.htm

EMO
World Premier Exhibition for the Metal Working Industry
16 – 21 September 2019
Hanover, Germany
http://www.emo-hannover.de/home

METALEX
31st Edition of ASEAN’s Largest International Machine Tool and Metalworking Technology Trade Exhibition and Conference
20 – 23 November 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.metalex.co.th/

STEELFAB
Middle East’s Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
13 – 16 January 2020
Sharjah, UAE
https://www.steelfabme.com/show_info.html

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

THE BIG SHOW OMAN
International Exhibition of Building andConstruction
23 – 25 March 2020
Muscat, Oman
http://www.thebigshow-oman.com

The EIA is selling space for their programme of DIT sponsored events worldwide and also for the Manufacturing Technologies Association up to the end of April 2020. See: http://www.eia.co.uk/calendar/ukti-sponsored-shows.aspx

Click for a complete list of DIT supported shows.
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HANNOVER MESSE

The EIA have 200 complimentary HANNOVER MESSE tickets for our members. Click to register.
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REPORTS ON EIA OVERSEAS SHOWS

STEELFAB (14 – 17 January 2019 in Sharjah)

The EIA group consisted of fifteen companies: Addition Manufacturing Technologies UK Ltd, Aquasium Technology Ltd, ASC Ltd, Broadbent Stanley Machine Tools Ltd, BSA Tube Runner Ltd, Exactaform Cutting Tools Ltd, Halifax Numerical Control Ltd, Holroyd Precision Ltd, Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools Ltd, Lomas Engineering Ltd, NTR Ltd, Precision Components Ltd, Sphinx UK Ltd (T/A Reggie London), UK Enterprise Ltd, Uniprize Machine Tools International Ltd.

A market briefing was held in the lounge area of the pavilion. Speakers included Joe Hepworth, British Centre for Business (+971 56 354 6277 joe.hepworth@bcbuae.com, www.bcbuae.com), who provides operational support and market entry services alongside Government for UAE – Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Ben Hedger, Diligencia Group (+971 55 183 6930 ben.hedger@diligenciagroup.com, www.diligenciagroup.com) who specialises in due diligence and can assist companies to gain clarity of an individual or company in Africa or the Middle East. During the show the EIA met Ziad Tarik Al Falahi, a translator who used to work for the British Embassy (+971 50 564 565 3 extra.translation@gmail.com). He will be able to assist you on any translations.

The contacts at the British Embassy are Rashid Khawaja rashid.khawaja@fco.gov.uk and Sarah Taylor sarah.taylor2@fco.gov.uk. This was the first time that the EIA had taken a Pavilion at the show and all UK companies were well received and achieved their objectives.
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IMTEX (50th Edition took place 24 – 30 January 2019 in Bangalore)

UK exhibitors included Abro Balancing UK Ltd, Bowers Metrology Ltd, Eclipse Magnetics Ltd, Holroyd Precision Ltd, Matrix Machine Tools (Coventry) Ltd)  Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), MM Media, Mollart Engineering Ltd, Rigibore, Renishaw, Wickman Coventry Ltd. The MTA had an information booth at the show, showcasing UK companies. The show attracted 1222 exhibitors and 91,446 visitors. This is the flagship event for the Indian metal cutting industry.

For further information on any of the overseas shows please contact Karen Finegold (karen.finegold@eia.co.uk)
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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

Tel: +86 10 51660311 email: ukbusiness@en-creative.com  or ming@en-creative.com
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ONGOING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EIA MEMBERS

Currencies Direct - Your trusted FX partner

Our online FX management service iPayFX allows you to manage your businesses hedging, payment and treasury requirements easily and cheaply. In addition, you can be allocated a personal dealer to guide you through and implement a new strategy.

For more information call +44 (0) 207 847 9400  Web: www.currenciesdirect.com/en/business
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INSTITUTE OF EXPORT AND 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 40423.
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Jaluch Limited (www.jaluch.co.uk)

If you want to take the pain out of employing people and managing the paperwork that goes with that, Jaluch are an HR and Training business known for their straight talking, reassuring advice, and for their ability to work with any culture big or small. We can help you with everything from employing your first member of staff, right through to disciplinaries and dismissals. Contact Rachel on 01425 479888 or rachel@jaluch.co.uk
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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

AUTO ENROLMENT NON-COMPLIANCE IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION

From June to September 2016, 15,073 compliance notices were issue, to remedy a breach of one or more automatic enrolment employer duties, up from 3,392 in the previous quarter. With the compliance notice comes the risk of a fine of £400 for failure to comply.  Failure to comply with a compliance notice will lead to the TPR issuing escalating penalty notices, which carry a fine of between 30 - £10,000 per day. EIA member Petaurum Solutions can assist you to set up your company Auto Enrolment with a £375 set up fee. Contact: http://petaurumsolutions.co.uk/eia-enrolment-page
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PUNTER SOUTHALL HEALTH & PROTECTION

As part of your membership benefits you have access to the health and wellness advice of Punter Southall Health & Protection – formally PHP.

Punter Southall Health & Protection are 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.pshp.co.ukor contact your partnership account manager, Katy Lyles on 01274 588 862 or email partnerenquiries@pshp.co.uk 
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THE SAFETY AND HEALTH ENGINEERING PARTNERSHIP (SHEP)

SHEP enables companies to anomalously work through their trade associations with the Health & Safety Executive 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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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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APPLEGATE PRO

The EIA have also partnered with Applegate PRO who source and promote leads for UK engineering companies. The EIA have negotiated a discount for EIA members to receive leads. See Applegate website.
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QIMTEK LIMITED

Additionally, Qimtek 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.

For further information 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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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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CITATION PLC

Citation 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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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

What is The Member Telephone Advisory Support?

Engineering Industries Association 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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