The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2019

CONTENTS:

REPORT ON THE EIA 78TH AGM – Wednesday 26 June 2019
NEW MEMBER
Cheetham Jackson Ltd

MEMBERS NEWS
Challenge Europe Ltd

Croft Filters Ltd
Sensor Technology Ltd
BREXIT
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
GREAT CAMPAIGN
LOBBYING
Sponsors Alliance (SA)
The Genesis Initiative
Health and Safety Executive
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 THE MTA VIETNAM SHOW - 2–5 July 2019, Ho Chi Minh City
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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REPORT ON THE EIA 78TH AGM

The 78th EIA AGM took place on Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 62 Bayswater Road, London and was followed by lunch in the Conservatory at the Brasserie Hyde Park Corner.

Sir Ronald reported that he had meetings with Lord Price, former Trade Minister, January – Liam Fox (Secretary of State for International Trade), Panel meeting with Ambassadors of Middle Eastern Countries, Matthew Elliot (CEO vote leave campaign), Kenneth Clark and the Bank of England.

Since the last AGM he had presented 2 survey results to Bank of England meetings. The factors influencing the results include the following: The main concern is the uncertainty of Brexit. This is affecting their future planning and investment and more financial help is needed for SME start-ups.

As President of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council he had good meetings and contacts with Ambassadors and Embassies of the commonwealth and many other countries. The feeling is that the UK is spending too much time negotiating possible overseas trade treaties many years hence and neglecting the opportunities in the current markets. Only 50% of SMEs export and the DIT should be spending more time and effort in helping those new to export and new to market companies to export.

The EIA have attended the Genesis Initiative Breakfast and Senate meetings at the House of Commons throughout the year which have included discussions with Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Shadow Minister for International Trade, Anne Marie Morris MP, Chris Davies MP, Lord Clement Jones, Lesley Batchelor – Institute of Export who all gave their views on Brexit, and Sir John Armitt CBE, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Matters discussed at the Senate include Brexit, Government’s Late Payment Consultation, Access To Finance, Making Tax Digital Project, Tax Fraud, International Trade Issues, the National Apprenticeship programme, the Apprenticeship Levy and the amount of legislation SMEs now had to endure ie: Pensions and Quarterly Tax Returns.

Members are invited to submit any problems that they may be experiencing with new Government Guidelines and running their businesses to the EIA, to forward to the Genesis Initiative for discussion and to be lobbied with other trade associations in Parliament.

The EIA were invited to join Business Brexit All Party Parliamentary Group, attends Brexit Webinars through BEIS – the Department for Business and Energy Industrial Strategy and circulate BEIS Brexit Business Readiness Bulletins to all members.

The EIA sits on the Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP) through the Health and Safety Executive and are part of the Reshoring UK initiative which is now a collaboration of eighteen leading industrial engineering associations to assist manufacturers connect with suppliers capable of delivering products and services that match their requirements.

The EIA works to promote TRS - Talent Retention Solution which brings together influential voices across the engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors to develop practical solutions to the challenges members face with regard to recruitment in the engineering sector.

The Metallum Insurance Scheme offer EIA members very competitive rates and is an excellent membership benefit.

The EIA continues to support export through the Tradeshow Access Programme and has a programme of eight overseas trade shows this year. The EIA also negotiates special rates at some UK trade shows.

Discussions then took place over lunch on social media promotion, training and the new T qualification, and of course Brexit.
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NEW MEMBER

Cheetham Jackson Ltd
5a Washway Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7AD

tel: +44 (0) 161 870 0166  mob: 07791 842 895
email: andy.umebuani@cheethamjackson.com  web: www.cheethamjackson.com

Cheetham Jackson Ltd, are an independent financial planning business with a drive and dedication to deliver excellent financial planning to our clients. They believe in providing personal, face-to-face, truly independent financial advice to clients, and are passionate about the quality of the advice provided together with the ongoing service that they deliver.

Contact Andy Umebuani for more information.
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MEMBERS NEWS

Challenge (Europe) Ltd

Challenge are pleased to offer ex-stock thread locking solutions for general industrial assembly purposes. One of the most common and simplest solution to problems of vibration loosening of threaded fasteners is by use of a conventional locking nut or half nut.

Challenge Europe have found that alongside their core threaded fastener range, there is a demand for sealing "O" rings on an urgent basis - and consequently decided to enhance stock levels to meet the need. These "O" rings function as seals between fixed faces in static assemblies or as dynamic seals between moving components, e.g. in cylinder and piston configurations or on rotating shafts in valving equipment.

Further information see: www.challenge-europe.co.uk/nut-products/ and www.challenge-europe.co.uk/washers-dubo-ring-products/o-rings/ 
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Croft Filters Ltd

Unplanned downtime is one of the most expensive disruptions a business can face. Sometimes this can happens when your filters clog and need to be removed, cleaned and replaced. Fortunately, with the assistance of Croft Filters, you can now reduce this threat.

Their new laser cutting system allows them to create high-strength backflush filtering systems, which will help companies to dislodge and break up clogs so that machines can run for longer. This allows you to keep your plant running, until a more convenient time to do maintenance.

For further information see: https://www.filters.co.uk/news/croftinterchange.php?wp-linkindex=5&utm_campaign=Exploring+Backflush+Filtering+with+Croft+Filters+&utm_content=plus-emails.com&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Croft+Filters
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Sensor Technology Ltd

An innovative torque sensor is helping to reduce engine emissions and improve economy as part of a project to develop an intelligent lubrication system. Powertrain Technologies Ltd in Snetterton, Norfolk, have designed an intelligent lubrication system and analyses its effects on engine friction and parasitic losses. They built a highly specialised test rig for the project and since accuracy in measuring small changes in drive torque reliably and repeatably was a critical requirement and a key part of the rig is a TorqSense transducer from Sensor Technology in Banbury.

TorqSense sensors are particularly appropriate for development work because they are wireless. “It’s a fit-and-forget, non-contact, digital sensor,” says Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology, “meaning you don’t have to fiddle around wiring up slip rings for each new measurement and together with digital outputs good accuracies can be obtained.

For further information contact: Tony Ingham, Sensor Technology Ltd, Tel: 01869 238400 aji@sensors.co.uk.
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BREXIT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The EIA attended a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Webinar Brexit Business Readiness Forum for Trade Associations in August.

The seminar included information on Trade Agreement Continuity, HMRC Customs and Border Design, Dataflow and Data Protection after Brexit.

Main points included: Importers and Exporters must obtain a UK Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI); Customs Declarations – options appoint an intermediary, use specific software or end to end user; Importers should register for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP); the requirement to use the Common Transit Convention (CTC) will remain unchanged (freedom to move goods between EU member states and the European Free Trade Association Countries), however as the UK will be outside the EU custom territory, traders will have to make a transit declaration using the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) and obtain a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) which will be scanned at the point of entry to the UK or other new customs territory; to make transit movements a trader needs to provide a guarantee for the customs duties, suspended during movement for an individual guarantee for a singular movement, or a Customs Comprehensive Guarantee (CCG) for multiple movements; under CTC traders can apply for authorisation to use simplified transit procedures either as a: Authorised Consignor Status which allows traders to declare goods to transit at their premises rather than an Office of Departure (traders applying for this will need to have a CCG) or an Authorised Consignee Status which allows traders to end transit movements at their premises rather than an Office of Destination (traders applying for this generally need a temporary storage facility).

GDPR has been implemented into UK law and therefore we will be fully aligned with the EU at the point of Exit; transfers to European Economic Area (EEA) – personal data can continue to flow freely out of the UK without restrictions, transfers to non EEA will need alternative mechanisms – companies should contact their domestic data protection authorities for further guidance.

EIA members can obtain a slide presentation from the Forum. Please contact Karen on karen.finegold@eia.co.uk

Government has also issued a tool which will give you guidelines on preparing your business or organisation for Brexit https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu. Get a UK EORI number for your business – decide who will make customs declarations – apply to make exporting easier – check what your customers will have to pay - check what you need to do for the type of goods you export (export license).
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Institute of Expoort & International Trade (IOE)

Boris Johnson is ‘turbocharging’ the government’s preparations for ‘No Deal Brexit’ and businesses should be doing the same. Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, exporters to the EU will need to be prepared for a significant increase in their paperwork and compliance obligations. New customs checks could cause delays and fines for businesses who aren’t properly prepared.

Businesses that are only currently exporting to the EU will have to understand key customs processes such as completing customs declarations forms. Exporters will also need to have a greater understanding of how global trade works in general, including the role of the World Trade Organisation, tariffs and rules of origin.

Through membership of the EIA, you can 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.

The Institute also provides https://www.export.org.uk/page/brexit_courses that give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to continue selling internationally compliantly and profitably, including our https://www.export.org.uk/page/PostBrexitPlanning and step by step guidance on completing Customs Declarations  course - https://www.export.org.uk/page/StepbyStepGuideCustoms 
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Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT advised that as at 7 August 2019, the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) had supported 668 companies to participate in 70 shows, from the DIT financial year at 5 April 2019, resulting in approximately £66 million worth of potential export wins for a participating companies, with the assistance of Trade Challenge Partners (of which the EIA are one). The EIA/MTA will have supported 64 companies this year.
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

There is ERDF funding available from DIT Yorkshire and Humber, which can be used by eligible companies to support their participation in Trade Show Access programme supported events, conferences and missions. Eligible businesses can apply for a minimum of £1,000 as part of the Exporting for Growth programme, which is match funded, and can be used for various projects, including:

  • Flights and accommodation to agreed target markets
  • Overseas trade events entry and exhibition costs
  • Design and production of international marketing materials
  • Internationalisation of website including translations
  • International market research and consultancy services

For further information contact: Tel 0300 365 100 E mail yorkshire@mobile.trade.go.uk

Other regions may have some funding but companies would have to contact their local offices directly see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukti-teams-in-the-english-regions 
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Great Britain & Northern Ireland

GREAT CAMPAIGN
As a direct result of the  Exporting is GREAT campaign up-to 130,000 businesses took steps towards exporting, and 1 in 5 recognisers that they can export but never have (with a turnover £500k+) and have developed concrete plans to start exporting.

Great have achieved this and much more by putting real businesses at the heart of the Exporting is GREAT campaign but to create an exporting movement across the UK they need your help to grow our this community by thousands more. These businesses have featured in thousands of pieces of print, digital and social media coverage as we’ve told their stories far and wide. Many have also joined the private Exporting is GREAT Facebook group and provide and encouragement advice to novice exporters; turning our campaign to a community and the community to a national movement.

What’s in it for EIA members?

  • Become part of Exporting is GREAT, the Government’s most ambitious and high-profile export focused campaign ever
  • Be considered for the campaign’s creative and related PR, social media and advertising activity
  • Be considered for DIT’s Export Champion initiative which involves deeper engagement with the department
  • Join a UK-wide community where companies come to ask questions, get advice on overcoming barriers and find out where to get support
  • Get access to a suite of digital assets to use in their communications and marketing

Members can find out more and register using the following link, which is unique to EIA - https://www.great.gov.uk/community/join/?utm_source=tradeassociation&utm_medium=email &utm_content=EIA&utm_campaign=ExportAdvocateRecruitment

Karen Smith, Campaigns Partnership Manager, Communication and Marketing Directorate, DIT Tel: 020 7215 4642 or email karen.smith@trade.gov.uk
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LOBBYING

Sponsors’ Alliance (SA)

The Sponsors’ Alliance (SA) are preparing its 2019 manifesto. In particular they will be asking whether the Department for International Trade’s export and investment services are fit for purpose and sufficiently resourced. SA will be suggest a raft of measures to give companies support where it is most needed. EIA members are invited to give their proposals. SA are expected to question the logic of DIT’s new insistence that 75% of all TAP grant funding should be channelled to companies with a turnover between £83K and £5 million. Surely we should be targeting all SME companies. Whilst our European and International competitors benefit from support far in excess of their British counterparts, we ask, is our government helping or hindering exporters?

After 3 years, Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade has resigned. The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss (formerly Chief Secretary of the Treasury) has replace Dr Liam Fox as Secretary of State for International Trade. SA will be lobbying Boris Johnson’s new cabinet.

SA held their Annual Summer Reception in July, which included an overview of the political climate by John Arnold, SA political specialist, who assists on who in Parliament to engage.

SA organised an Access To Capital APPG evidence session with speakers from SME start up using crowd funding to a private equity company. Faisal Rashid MP chaired the meeting. Suggestions included a need for a British Business Bank to support British business with investment for long-range projects as Germany does in a way that UK Export Finance does not. Phil Hall (Association of Accounting Technicians) supported the Payment Code, saying it should be statutory (73% of MPs support it), and suggested Mr Rashid approach the shadow minister concerned, Bill Esterson MP, to see if they could work together to make progress on this.
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The Genesis Initiative

The Genesis Initiative held a Breakfast and Senate Meeting on Wednesday 5th June 2019 10am Committee Room G, Palace of Westminster Kindly sponsored by Lord Risby and hosted by Christ Davies MP. The main area that dominated the meeting was the rapid evolution of global cross border eCommerce and fulfilment which has led to vast shortcomings, flaws and loopholes in outdated legislation that now threatens the future of all UK retailers; High St and Online.

UK Online Retailers Alliance (UKORA) is a new representative body for retailers. Tax expert and campaigner Richard Allen of UKORA and Neven Juretic of VAT Fraud reported on the latest developments on VAT fraud and the SME community. HMRC estimate Online VAT Fraud is £1.5bn a year. HMRC has collected £205m in VAT from Overseas Sellers since 2016. This only amounts to 6.83% of what should have been collected. £2.8bn or 93.17% has gone uncollected in the last two years. Solution: Make Online Marketplaces Collect VAT.

Chinese Retailers are being offered hugely subsidised postal services by the Royal Mail, allowing them to sell goods on eBay and Amazon for as little as 50p including postage from China to the UK. This can only be described as state aid that is distorting fair competition and putting UK sellers out of business which is illegal under EU Law.

Solution: Follow in the footsteps of the U.S. Postal Service and withdraw from the United Nations Universal Postal Union treaty.

UKORA works with politicians and government bodies to identify these threats, helping construct suitable policies and changes in legislation that will allow UK Online retailers to thrive and compete on a level playing field. There has already been great success in closing the Channel Islands VAT Loophole and campaigning against Online VAT Fraud. Both campaigns have had immense impact globally on how governments and unions form their policies and legislation in tackling VAT Abuse and Evasion. Other key campaigns include Unsafe and Dangerous Goods, WEE and Packaging Laws, Anti Trust Abuse, Abuse of Power, Counterfeits and Intellectual Property, Online Market Seller Checks and Product Review Abuse. For further information and how you can become involved see: www.ukora.org.uk

Genesis is looking at some work on the competitiveness of the SME sector. It is generally felt that the UK’s lack of competitiveness compared to the EU comes from the supposed uncompetitive tail of the SME sector. Is the problem elsewhere as so many SMEs are small service business that are about supporting its owners and workers rather than being highly competitive or growth orientated? Genesis is looking at some research work in this area and the Senate is asked for an initial view. Papers with contradictory views from the IOD, The Centre for Cities and the Parliamentary select Committee working in this area were being studied.

Other areas where Genesis were observing included Women in Business and Older People in the SME Sector.
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Health & Safety Executive

Welding Fume and Metalworking Fluid Seminar
Helping to keep your workforce safe and your company on the right side of the law!

A one-day event brought to you by the Safety & Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP) in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). 

  • All welding fumes (including mild steel) are now classed as carcinogens. Metalworking fluids can cause occupational asthma, occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis and dermatitis.
  • HSE will be inspecting engineering premises from January 2020. The main focus will be on welding fume and metalworking fluids.
  • This seminar will improve your ability to manage the health hazards from welding fume and metalworking fluids. It is aimed at health and safety managers, factory managers and engineers in engineering SME’s.
  • The day will include HSE expert speakers, industry case studies and practical demonstrations, see agenda.
  • This free of charge event will be held on 26th November 2019 at EIA member Filtermist International Limited, 54 Business Park, Telford, TF3 3AL.

Numbers for this popular event are limited to 60 so don’t delay – book your place now www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shep-welding-fume-and-metalworking-fluid-seminar-registration-62039110650 
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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

TCT SHOW
Design to Manufacturing Innovation

25 – 27 September 2019
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.tctshow.com

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

ADVANCED ENGINEERING SHOW
Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering
Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering, Connected Engineering, Medical Device Engineering
30 – 31 October 2019
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.easyfairs.com

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

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

ABMEC Inside Mining Seminar (Association of British Mining Equipment Companies)
20 November 2019 Nottingham www.abmec.org.uk
Discount code for EIA Members, available on request, contact head.office@eia.co.uk

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 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.

MSPO 2019 – SOLD
The 27th International Defence Industry Exhibition
3 – 6 September 2019
Kielce, Poland
http://www.targikielce.pl/en/27th-international-defence-industry-exhibition-mspo,20959.htm

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 and Construction
23 – 25 March 2020
Muscat, Oman
http://www.thebigshow-oman.com

For a complete list of all DIT supported shows, see DIT supported shows 
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Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO)

SARIO invites you to the event Slovak Matchmaking Fair Bratislava 2019 which will take place on October 24, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Visit www.sario.sk 
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REPORT ON MTA VIETNAM

MTA Vietnam took place from 2 – 5 July 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City. The UK Pavilion comprised of companies that had already established themselves in the region and were looking to appoint new or support agents or distributors or make direct sales to this rapidly expanding market. One of the UK companies met, and signed up a distributor during the show and another may be securing a Government contract. The show attracted 14 international Pavilions from 22 countries and regions such as Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and China.

The EIA organised a Vietnam Business Briefing which was presented by Peter Rimmer of the British Business Group in Vietnam. Vietnam had a GDP growth rate in 2018 at 7.08% with manufacturing and construction at 33% of GDP. Ho Chi Minh is the largest commercial city. Two way trade between Vietnam and the UK in the first 2 months of 2019 reached US$950.8 million. The UK is now the second largest trade partner of Vietnam in Europe. Heading the top ten UK exports to Vietnam in 2018 in thousand US$ was US$ 158,708, in machinery and mechanical appliances. The top UK import from Vietnam in 2018 was US$2,492,754 for electrical and electronic equipment.

For many years, capital has been poured into Vietnam focusing on assembling facilities and manufacturing factories to take advantage of the cheap labour, especially from China as their labour costs have risen.. The top export sectors are mobile phones and parts at US$46.2 bn (31.9% increase year on year), textile and garment, computer, electronic parts and machinery and equipment. Vietnam spent more than US$30.6 billion on importing machinery and equipment from January – November 2018 nearly 40% of which was from China.

Peter Rimmer or An Doan would be pleased to assist you in market. Contact them on peter.rimmer@bbgv.org or an.doan@bbgv.org.  See their full range of services on www.bbvg.org/bbgv-bc-services.html

The EIA will be requesting funding again for the show next year.
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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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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 404423.
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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
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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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 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 (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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We are constantly making changes to the EIA newsletter. Please let us know if there is anything that you would like us to include. Or if you have an item of news, a new product to promote, new premises, new state of the art equipment, have won a good order or an award, or any item that you think would interest other members, or that you think members should be aware of, please send this to me on karen.finegold@eia.co.uk __________________________________________________