The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2017

CONTENT:
SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING 21 – 23 MARCH 2017
NEW MEMBER - Currencies Direct Ltd
NEW EIA MEMBER BENEFITS
Metallum Insure
Lloyds Bank International Trade Portal
MEMBER NEWS - RT Hon Chris Grayling MP visits Numill Ltd
EIA MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE
GENDER PAY GAP REGULATIONS
COBCOE (Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe) - April Events
HEALTH & SAFTEY EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT formally UKTI)
EIA LOBBYING - Sponsors Alliance (SA)
ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY MANUFACTURING GROUP
MADE HERE NOW WEBSITE
RAIL MENTOR – THE GATEWAY TO BUSINSS GROWTH
EVENTS LIST
China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
South Yorkshire International Trade Forum (SYITF)
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
Webinars
SUBCON – EIA Member Rates
UK Exhibitions
Overseas Exhibition Programme
HANNOVER MESSE – Free Visitor Tickets
METALEX 2016 - Show Case Study
DIT SERVICES
REGIONAL CHAIRMEN
ONGOING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EIA MEMBERS
Currencies Direct Ltd
Institute of Export (IOE)
Lloyds Law Employment Consultancy
Petaurum Solutions
Punter Southall Health & Protection
URICA Limited
Utilitywise Plc
Wallace Hind
TRADE LEADS
Qimtek Limited
GRANTS
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
Citation
LEGISLATION
CRONER - MEMBER TELEPHONE ADVISORY SUPPORT
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SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING & ELECTRONICS 21 – 23 MARCH 2017

The EIA will be exhibiting at the show this year on stand no R25. We look forward to your visit to our stand if you are attending the exhibition.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is the UK’s most enduring, and arguably its most popular annual industrial engineering show. Its purpose-built 18,000 square metre venue alongside Farnborough Airport in Hampshire will host over 800 exhibitors from 21 – 23 March 2017. The 2016 show attracted over 8,500 visitors from across Europe. The show appeals to all sectors of industry thanks to the incredible range of suppliers taking part, including major machinery and production equipment manufacturers, component suppliers, OEM parts, consumables and pretty much every type of subcontract service provider. The show is the place to see the latest machinery in action, plus everything your business needs to operate efficiently and profitably. Entry is free, there’s free on-site parking and a free technical seminar programme running continuously over the three days of the show.

To register for free entry, simply visit www.industrysouth.co.uk. You can follow all the latest news from the show on Twitter @industry_co_uk #southmanf the show blog on https://industryuk.wordpress.com/ with exhibitor stories and show announcements, the Southern 2016 video on YouTube https://youtu.be/VmXLRiFefPQ and the 2017 Exhibitor playlist  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIL1RL1y_YP_WFRqX7m3whe88xoO4xt0
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NEW MEMBER

Currencies Direct Ltd
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AA
Tel: +44 (0) 207 847 9400
email: andrew.frost@currenciesdirect.com
web: www.currenciesdirect.com/business

Currencies Direct Ltd - Your trusted FX partner
Managing foreign exchange for your business has a significant impact on your bottom line.

Whether it’s planning and executing a full risk management strategy, or getting a better spot rate on the day of your payment, effective management of foreign exchange is often an afterthought in many businesses that have an exposure to the risks involved with international payments and receipts.

Currencies Direct have helped more than 10,000 businesses in a myriad of industry sectors, using a market-leading range of tools, services and expertise.

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.

Contact Andrew Frost for more information.
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NEW EIA MEMBER BENEFITS

Metallum Insure

The EIA and member Renshaw Williams & Co limited are delighted to launch Metallum Insure, a unique Commercial Combined Policy available exclusively to members of the Engineering Industries Association. In addition to the wide range of benefits and services included within the Association Membership, Metallum Insure now offers members a comprehensive insurance policy to protect their businesses at highly competitive premiums.

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.

Core covers include:

  • Property (Buildings, Contents, Machinery, Stock etc)
  • Employers, Public and Products Liability
  • Loss of Revenue
  • Goods In Transit
  • Legal Expenses

In addition, subsidised membership fees are available to Metallum Insure Policyholders.

To learn more visit www.metalluminsure.com or call their friendly team on 0161 483 3888
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International Trade Portal

The EIA are pleased to announce that Lloyds Bank have agreed to offer EIA members the opportunity to use their International Trade Portal free of charge for a 30 day trial period.

The Portal gives information on identifying market potential, trade controls, managing your shipment, and international banking. Market potential includes market reports, find suppliers and importers, import and export flows, and access to business directories. Searches are made through HS numbers, keywords or searched products.

In order to access this facility please contact Karen Finegold who will arrange to give you access. The Portal will assist all exporting UK companies and those exhibiting at overseas trade shows.

EIA members who would like to extend the trial period at no extra charge should contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk ___________________________________________________________________

MEMBER NEWS

Numill Ltd’s Managing Director, Anne Wilson MBE welcomed Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport to its Sheffield facility in January.

Anne said ‘It was a great pleasure to be able to welcome him and have the opportunity to speak directly to a government minister and having the chance to discuss issues affecting both global and regional economic growth.’

She explained how the company has been serving UK and export markets since 1969 in major industries of automotive, rail, energy and aerospace with a wide ranging portfolio of clients across the global stage. Anne said ‘It was a pleasure to be able to show the minister work being completed by our team of engineers for Ford Dagenham Engine Plant amongst others including a large export shipment bound for Sweden.’

The Secretary of State commented on his pleasure at being able to see ‘grassroots’ manufacturing taking place in factories such as Numill and understood why Anne and her team are so passionate about it.
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EIA MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE

The EIA have distributed a questionnaire outlining all the benefits and services that it offers its members. Companies are asked to complete these forms so that we can send you full details of the services which you may be interested in and which can assist you to run your companies together with money saving initiatives. If you would like us to send you a copy of the questionnaire then contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk ___________________________________________________________________

GENDER PAY GAP REGULATIONS

Workplace experts ACAS and the Government Equalities Office have launched new guidance to help 8,000 large businesses with 250 + employees abide by new gender pay gap regulations, which come into force in April 2017 and will need to be reported annually, not just on the company’s website, but also a dedicated Government website.

The ACAS guidance includes:

  • How to monitor gender differences in the recruitment balance, starting salaries, promotions, and flexible working requests across all job types and levels in the hierarchy
  • How best to promote family friendly working so women can balance work and parental responsibilities, especially for senior roles
  • Encouraging men to use flexible working so they share the responsibility of balancing work and a family life
    Gender pay reporting will affect more than 11 million employees across the UK

The new guidance also includes tips on how to calculate the gender pay gap, including:

  • How to correctly count the number of employees for the gender pay gap calculations
  • How and where a business must publish the data from the gender pay gap
  • The penalties if businesses don’t comply

Please see: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5768 
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COUNCIL OF BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN EUROPE (COBCOE) – APRIL 2017 EVENTS

COBCOE have several events running in April, please see http://www.eia.co.uk/item/540/COUNCIL-OF-BRITISH-CHAMBERS-OF-COMMERCE-IN-EUROPE-(COBCOE)-–-APRIL-2017-EVENTS
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HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE

The sector plan for health and safety in manufacturing has been published and is now available on the HSE website. The sector plan can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/sector-plans/manufacturing.htm

Please follow the ‘Join the conversation (become a member)’ link if you wish to comment.

You can comment on our strategies and plans, share ideas and tell them what you are doing to help improve Britain's record on work-related health.

Follow the conversation on social media #HelpGBWorkWell.
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DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The International Trade Secretary Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox has advised that 2017 is the ‘Year of Exporting’ and Government is encouraging businesses to seek new markets and seize the demand for British Goods and Services. Exports contribute over £511 billion to the UK’s GDP and the Government has identified opportunities in over 50 countries and a wide range of sectors where the Government believes there is a strong return on investment including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and automotive.

The new website: www.great.gov.uk looks to assist those companies new to export, selling abroad occasionally and experienced exporters. Companies can also access the Get Seen by International Companies portal, where all UK exhibitors should register as this gives them access to a number of online marketplaces including Amazon and Ebay around the world.
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EIA LOBBYING

Sponsors’ Alliance (SA)

SA members had reported that Pavilions at major shows at the start of the DIT financial year had been cancelled due to the non-confirmation of the Tradeshow Access Programme. SA had continually been advised that this would be imminent. Trade Associations have been unable to retain space as Organisers had requested payment for large blocks for the Pavilions and without the confirmation of the grants, companies had delayed their decision to participate. On the 22 February 2017, trade associations finally received confirmation of their shows from 1 April until 30 September 2017. This was unacceptably too late for those shows at the beginning of April, one of which was MTA Singapore which the EIA has attended for over 22 years, as companies were unable to ship their products to Asia in that time.

SA were therefore organising an Export Forum on Tuesday 25 April at the House of  Commons in the Terrace Pavilion to raise the profile of the Tradeshow Access Programme amongst MP’s and Ministers. There would be a series of short presentations and a member from each Trade Association is invited to take part in live 2 minute presentations about their company and the benefits of exporting with TAP support within a UK Group. Companies would receive a ticket for the event and the company would appear on all publicity materials for pre and post event marketing. Contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk if you would like to take part. Video clips of Pavilions will also be played and there would be some pop up stands of service companies to the industry.

In order for us to make this work we need your help in recruiting MP’s, and Ministers or Lords to attend by sending them a copy of the attached letter (which you can adapt for your own company). It would be a very useful photo opportunity for your contact, lobbying for promoting export for UK SME companies. To find out the contact details of your MP see: https://www.mysociety.org/wehelpyou/who-is-your-mp/?gclid=CJiFptL4oNICFdIK0wodMOoH7Q. Thank you for your assistance.

The International Trade Committee is holding an inquiry into support for exports and investment, following the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee 2016 inquiry into Exports and the role of UKTI. Interested organisations or individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee. https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/international-trade-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/exports-investment-16-17/
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ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY MANUFACTURING GROUP

The Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was launched on 23 January 2017 see:
https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/strategy/industrial-strategy/supporting_documents/buildingourindustrialstrategygreenpaper.pdf

The APPMG are holding a seminar on Exporting after Brexit on Thursday 9 March at Portcullis House, London SW1 to discuss the effects of Brexit on British manufacturers, particularly around exporting and importing, cross-border supply chains and international trade, the role of the European customs union and the potential effects of the withdrawal of tariff and non-tariff benefits of EU membership. EIA members who want to attend should contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk . The event will bring together parliamentarian, British manufacturers and exporter and experts in international trade.
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MADE HERE NOW WEBSITE

The new Made Here Now website has been launched and will promote the manufacturing industry to the next generation of engineers. Skills remain in short supply. Last year, the Royal Academy of Engineering estimated that Britain would need 1m new engineers and technicians by 2020 if we are to make the most of our economic opportunities. There is widespread agreement that manufacturing and engineering have an image problem, and that changing this is vital if we are to attract more young people into industry.

This new website promotes manufacturing now, career opportunities and education pathways. See: www.madeherenow.com/
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RAIL MENTOR – THE GATEWAY TO BUSINESS GROWTH

Rail Mentor is a focused initiative geared specifically for SME’s and offers an accelerated introduction into the rail supply chain. Companies supporting the programme include organisations such as Alstrom, Siemens, Bombadie, Nertwork Rail, HS2, Carillion, Atkins, Amey, Crossrail, Porterbrook, tfl, SW Trains and ATOC.

For further information see: www.railmentor.com
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EVENTS LIST

CHINA-BRITAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL
For a list of events see: http://www.cbbc.org/whatson/events/
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SOUTH YORKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE
For a list of events see: http://www.syitc.com/events
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BARNSLEY & ROTHERHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For a list of events see: http://www.brchamber.co.uk/events
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WEBINARS
A list of Department for International Trade March Webinars can be found on the EIA website: http://www.eia.co.uk/item/669/DEPARTMENT-FOR-INTERNATIONAL-TRADE-WEBINARS-MARCH-2017

Exporting is GREAT website series: https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/event-campaign/exporting-is-great-webinar-series-/
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SUBCON
The UK’s Premier Subcontract Manufacturing Supply Chain Show – EIA Member Rates

Now in its 41 year, the SUBCON show is dedicated to outsourced engineering services. This is the must attend event for subcontract manufacturing buyers from all industry sectors, to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities and to secure contracts in order to remain competitive in the global market.

In line with our partnership with SUBCON, we have secured preferential rates for EIA members who can save up to £80 per square metre.

For further information please contact: karen.finegold@eia.co.uk

SUBCON runs alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Show, and the Engineer Design and Innovation Show.
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UK EXHIBITIONS

SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS
21 – 23 March 2017
Farnborough, Hants
http://www.industrysouth.co.uk/

MANUFACTURED YORKSHIRE
10 May 2017
Century Pavilion Suite, Elland Road, LS11 OES
Vince Cable will be speaking at the Conference
www.manufacturedyorkshire.com

SUBCON
6 – 8 June 2017
NEC Birmingham
www.subconshow.co.uk 

TCT SHOW + PERSONALIZE
26 – 28 September 2017
NEC Birmingham
www.tctshow.com

NORTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS
28 – 29 September 2017
Manchester
www.industrynorth.co.uk

ADVANCED ENGINEERING UK, AERO ENGINEERING SHOW, COMPOSITES ENGINEERING SHOW, AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING SHOW, PERFORMANCE METALS SHOW
1 – 2 November 2017
NEC Birmingham
www.advanceengineeringuk.com
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OVERSEAS EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

The EIAare proposing to support UK pavilions in Key export markets and have received confirmation for events until 30 September 2017 but are still waiting to hear about funding from October 2017 – March 2018.

If funding is not available the EIA will endeavour to negotiate special rates for UK exhibitors with Overseas Exhibition companies.

We list below the proposed EIA/MTA programme of events and would be pleased to send you further information.

Contact: Karen Finegold on Karen.finegold@eia.co.uk

FEIMAFE
International Machine Tool Show and Integrated Systems
5 – 10 June 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil
http://www.feimafe.com.br

MTA VIETNAM - SPONSORED
4 – 7 July 2017
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
http://www.mta-vietnam-hochiminhcity

EMO HANOVER - SPONSORED
18 – 23 September 2017
Hanover, Germany
http://www.emo-hannover.de/home

INFRA OMAN
Building and Construction Expo
9 – 11 October 2017
Muscat, Oman
http://www.infraoman.com

METALEX
International Machine Tool Show
2 – 5 November 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.metalex.co.th

MANUFACTURING INDONESIA
Incorporating: Machine Tool Indonesia, Tools And Hardware Indonesia, Industrial Automation And Logistics Indonesia
6 – 9 December 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
http://ww.pamerindo.com

INTERNATIONALE EISENWARENMESSE
Practical World International Hardware Fair
4 – 6 March 2018
Cologne, Germany
http://eisenwarenmesse.com

For a full list of DIT supported shows see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tradeshow-access-programme
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HANNOVER MESSE - Free Visitor Tickets
24 – 28 April 2017
Hannover, Germany 

EIA members are offered free visitor tickets (worth Euro 30 per day x 5 days) to attend Hannover Messe 2017. Please contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk
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METALEX SHOW CASE STUDY - Bangkok, Thailand, 23 – 26 November 2016

Karen Finegold met with Steve Drummond, New South Wales and South East Asia Sales Manager for the 600 Group. He said that in 2014, he had the honour of representing the 600 Group at METALEX. Their aim was to find a distributor for their manufactured products in Thailand, one of the biggest engineering markets in South East Asia. Being the manufacturer of Colchester & Harrison Lathes, with their head office in West Yorkshire, The 600 Group, proudly exhibited a Colchester Triumph VS2500 Lathe on the UK Booth, run and co-ordinated by EIA. This event was an enormous success for their company and it was through their association with the EIA, that 600 were able to find a partner in Thailand, to promote their products.

This year, at METALEX Thailand 2016, they had moved on to display their machine at the ‘Min Sen Machinery’ booth. Thanks to the EIA, Colchester & Harrison Lathes, Pratt Burnerd Chucks, The Clausing range of machine tools and their other, many and varied, products are now being represented by one of Thailand’s best Machine Tool dealers.

Steve wanted to thank Karen personally, for the help and support that the Association have provided to the 600 Group and wished the EIA luck in assisting other UK companies to succeed in the future.
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DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)

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 UKTI International Trade Advisor can be found on:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment/about/about-our-services

UK Export Finance and Open To Export can be found on the following websites:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance
www.opentoexport.com
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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

Yorkshire Chairman, Anne Wilson on 0114 2855450 or awilson@numill.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.

Contact Andrew Frost for more information on +44 (0) 207 847 9400
email: andrew.frost@currenciesdirect.com
web: www.currenciesdirect.com/business
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Institute of Export

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 EIAare 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.

For a list of courses for March – June 2017 please see: http://www.eia.co.uk/item/668/INSTITUTE-OF-EXPORT-COURSES-MARCH---JUNE-2017

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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Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy

We are a commercially aware consultancy which provides businesses of all sizes with expert professional support in the areas of Employment Law and Health and Safety issues. We have the expertise that allows employers to concentrate on developing their business whilst we manage and guide our clients through the constantly changing legislation. We provide pro-active, commercial and pragmatic solutions with each client benefiting from a dedicated Legal and Employment Specialist and/or Health and Safety consultant. Our mission is to provide a bespoke service that becomes a valuable part of our client’s business.

If you are interested in our services or require any further information please call Lesley Shrosbree, National Indoor Sales Manager on 01476 583294 or email her lesley.shrosbree@lelc.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 For more infomation on the Pensions Regulator Report click on http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/automatic-enrolment-use-of-powers-sept-2016.pdf
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Punter Southall Health & Protection

PSHP, formally PHP, 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.uk or contact your partnership account manager, Nicola Palmer on 01274 588 862 or email partnerenquiries@pshp.co.uk
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URICA - Driving Access to Funding in the Engineering Sector

Partnered with the EIA, URICA rewrites the rules by providing SMEs with early cash payment of their invoices without any need for debt, security or personal guarantees. They take on all of the risk of non-payment and the responsibility for chasing and collecting debt. At the same time it provides their customers with a strengthened supply chain and an opportunity for extended credit. It is not invoice discounting as that’s just debt by another name. Financed by the Government via the British Business Bank and RSA, URICA was developed by business people for business people.

ZeroFX – URICA is now including the price of FX in the 0.05% per day for all $ and € invoices which means that it’s become at least 1.5% cheaper to export.

120 days – URICA is now able to provide up to 120 days credit terms which opens it up to even more businesses particularly those who are working with the Far East where these terms can be standard.

For further information contact Sir Ronald Halstead on 0207 298 6455 or email your enquiry to head.office@eia.co.uk
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Utilitywise Plc

The EIA are pleased to announce the launch of the EIA Gas & Electricity Purchasing Group, an exclusive energy offering powered by Utilitywise Plc.

The more members who sign up, the lower the price could be. It is as simple as that.

As well as a competitive energy deal you will get:

  • More Time: we will take care of the paperwork and contact suppliers directly
  • Rid you of estimated bills
  • Offer you a full Utility Management Plan included into your energy tariff to help you reduce your utility costs, understand your bills and for someone to be on hand to answer any questions you have about your utilities
  • Installation of monitoring and control equipment to reduce waste – our Utility Insight SmartDash App will help you see where, when and how you are using your energy
  • Help to reduct your energy use by up to 20%.

The EIA Gas & Electricity Purchasing Group deal is open now.

To register your interest or to find out more information please call 0333 0000 0131 or email partners@utilitywise.com and quote ‘EIA Gas & Electricity Purchasing Group’.
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Wallace Hind

We are an experience search and selection recruitment consultancy that has an established reputation for successfully recruiting key personnel for SME’S and major organisations across the UK and Europe. We have partnered with the EIA to offer all members a professional, ethical and efficient recruitment process across all functions and markets.

Areas of Recruitment include engineering roles at all levels

  • Managing Director
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Engineers
  • Production Director
  • Service Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Cad Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Graduate Trainee
  • QA – HSE
  • Marketing Manager
  • Design Engineers
  • Export Manager
  • Technical Specialist
  • Engineering Manager
  • Procurement
  • IT & Finance 

Our approach is structured, rigorous and comprehensive, one that consistently delivers. We are proud to have a 97% success rate of completing retained assignments. If you need to recruit Engineering Professionals please contact Ian Lyons, Partner on 01604 683306 or 07747 042490
email: il@wallacehind.com website: www.wallacehind.com
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The Engineer

The Engineer magazine runs a high successful recruitment channel – The Engineer Jobs for the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. As an additional benefit to EIA membership, The Engineer are very proud to have negotiated an offer for any member to enjoy a 50% discount on any advertising campaign option to help companies hire the industry’s finest talent. This can range from full page adverts within The Engineer magazine, right through to fully online recruitment advertising campaigns. It really is a great opportunity to promote your vacancies alongside some of the biggest names in the industry whilst saving your company thousands in hiring overheads. For more information see: https://jobs.theengineer.co.uk or to book a campaign give Ben Cogger a call on 0207 970 4187
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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 www.eia.co.uk/trade-leads.sapx for latest trade leads.
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Qimtek

Additionally, EIA Member, 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 www.j4bgrants.co.uk
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MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd

EIA Member, MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd can give further information on any of the following, details below:

  • New R&D tax plans
  • BEPs
  • Seed Investment Scheme (SEIS)
  • Annual investment allowance
  • Enterprise Zones (EZ): Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs)
  • Enhanced Capital allowances (ECA) for zero emission goods vehicles

Contact: Greville Warwick on 01926 512 475
e.mail: info@ncs-net.com web: www.mcs-corporate.com

New R&D tax plans – David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, has launched a new plan to make it easier for small businesses (defined as companies with a turnover of less than £2m and fewer than 50 employees) to claim R&D tax relief. Conceived in response to an HMRC consultation, the two year plan aims to increase take-up of R&D tax relief through raising awareness of the relief among SMEs and making it easier for them to apply 

BEPs - MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd studied and responded in full to the recent Government Consultation document on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPs), which proposes legislation in 2016 to regulate the way R&D Tax Credits and Patent Box may be administered and maximized for SME’s and Large Companies.

Seed Investment Scheme (SEIS) made permanent - Two years after establishing the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), the Government has announced that its success has led to a decision to make it permanent.

The initiative means that SEIS investors can commit up to £150,000 in a single company, and in return receive tax relief of 50 per cent on their income tax for the year the investment is made.

Annual investment allowance: increase to £500,000 for extended temporary period - The measure increases the maximum amount of the annual investment allowance (AIA) to £500,000 from 1 April 2014 for corporation tax (CT) and 6 April 2014 for income tax (IT) to 31 December 2015 after which it was planned to return to £25,000. However, the Chancellor announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement that the investment allowance would be £200,000 from 1 January 2016.

Enterprise Zones (EZ): Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) - Legislation was introduced in Finance Bill 2014 to extend the period in which 100% ECAs are available in EZs by 3 years until 31 March 2020, and to include a power to make future extensions to the duration of ECA schemes by Treasury order. A pilot EZ will also be established in Northern Ireland. ECAs are available to companies investing in qualifying plant and machinery on designated sites within EZ. These changes had effect from Royal Assent to Finance Bill 2014.

Enhanced Capital allowances (ECA) for zero emission goods vehicles - The government will extend the ECA for zero emission goods vehicles to March/April 2018. However, to comply with EU State aid rules the availability of the ECA will be limited to businesses that do not claim the Government’s Plug-In Van Grant. Legislation was in Finance Bill 2015.
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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 www.hsebooks.co.uk and the Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011
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Citation

EIA Member, 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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CONER - 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 our 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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