The Voice of SME's in Engineering


Samuel Taylor Ltd
Sensor Technology Ltd
HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE) -Guides for your Business
Export Partners UK (formally Sponsors Alliance)
The Genesis Initiative
UK Organisations / Webinars
UK Exhibitions
Conferences and Seminars
Overseas Exhibition Programme
METALEX - 20-23 November 2019
STEELFAB – 13-16 January 2020
Howden Group
Metallum Insure
Petaurum Solutions
SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
Citation PLC
Qimtek Limited
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support


The coronavirus outbreak has sparked concerns around what rights someone has when it comes to sick leave or how employers should handle a situation at work if a staff member is affected by the virus. In response Acas has published new advice to help employers and their staff understand their rights when it comes to handling the impact of coronavirus at work, how to handle sick pay, staff in quarantine and staff who do not want to come into work due to fears over catching the coronavirus. 



Citation offer EIA members advise on health and safety and HR & Employment Law. Additional services include Fire Safety Services; Risk Assessment, Electrical Testing Services, Fixed Wire Testing, Care Services, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Pro; GDPR Assessment, Legionella Risk Assessment, Outsourced HR Support.

See the following topical free guides

Brexit - Last Minute Checks to Ensure Your Business is Prepared
The UK has left the EU, but what does this mean for you and your business? This free guide from Citation covers key HR issues and all the key HR & Employment Law considerations:

How to handle short-term sickness absences
New research published on suggests that 8.6 million people threw sick days last year because they found their jobs ‘too painful’. Covering everything from processes and fit notes, to return to work interviews, recurring absences and pay, read this free guide on how to handle short-term sickness absences:

Holiday Leave
The Easter Holiday sees more employees requesting annual leave than during normal periods of the year. This free guide, outlines the key responsibilities of employers when it comes to managing annual leave:

For further guides and details on regional seminars see 

Samuel Taylor Ltd

Metal contact and precision stampings specialist Samuel Taylor Limited (STL) has secured a significant contract to support vehicle electrification, a first for the EIA Redditch manufacturer. STL manufactures precision stamped components and assemblies, specialising in the bonding of bi-metals within the development of battery busbar technology. Developing this technology for electric vehicles represents an area of significant potential growth for the company. Busbars, which comprise a system of electrical conductors for collecting and distributing current, provide the means to efficiently distribute power to the cells themselves and onto the vehicles’ various subsystems. Following the promotion of its busbar technology developed for smart metering at several trade shows, STL were successful in winning work with a leading automotive technology company, specifically for the development of busbar technology.

According to the SMMT, a forecast for EV production in the UK alone provides enough demand for approximately eight battery giga-factories by 2040.
For further information see: 

Sensor Technology Ltd - Measuring Viscosity Wirelessly

A wireless technique has been developed using TorqSense rotary torque transducers by EIA member Sensor Technology. These do not need a physical connection to the rotating shaft, but instead use a radio frequency (RF) link to both send power to the sensing element on the spindle and to receive torque reading signals back from it. Using TorqSense rotary torque transducers has simplified the design of these new rotational viscometers while also increasing accuracy, providing a robust and reliable solution in challenging applications where the absolute viscosity of the mix is a critical factor.

For further information contact: Tony Ingham, Sensor Technology Ltd, Tel: 01869 238 400


BEIS organise webinar and Brexit Business Readiness Forums for Trade Associations and the EIA have been distributing their newsletters to members.

A public consultation on the UK’s Freeports policy which proposes that up to 10 Freeports will be introduced across the UK, which will be national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce. The Government’s aim is for Freeports to attract new businesses, jobs, investment and opportunity. You can find more information on the following website which has to be submitted by 20 April 2020 -

Contracts Finder. The Government has made a commitment that for every three pounds it spends on procuring goods and services, one pound will be spent with SMEs, by 2022. This represents a huge opportunity for the businesses you represent right across the country. Since 2015 there has been a requirement for central government departments and their agencies to place all contracts that are openly advertised, above the value of £10,000, on the Contracts Finder website. In addition, other public sector bodies in England, such as NHS trusts and local councils, are also required to place openly advertised opportunities, above a value of £25,000, on Contracts Finder. Members can search for contract opportunities in different sectors, find out future contracts and look up details of previous tenders and contracts and receive alerts: ___________________________________________________________________


The EIA and MTA have submitted their proposed events for the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for 2020 – 2021. New shows in new markets that we would like to work on are Mexico and Ireland. Unfortunately we are still waiting for confirmation of the programme. See the list of proposed events below under exhibitions.

2019 was a record-breaking year for UK exports, according to new figures published today (Tuesday 11 February) by the Office for National Statistics. The UK has now experienced 45 consecutive months of annual export growth on a rolling annual basis. UK companies exported £689.0 billion worth of goods and services across the globe – up by 5.0% on 2018. Goods exports to non-EU countries grew by 13.6%.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said: The UK is an exporting superpower and these new statistics show that UK companies are exporting record levels of goods and services. As a newly independent trading nation, we will strike new trade deals with key partners across the world, open up new markets and make it even easier for our businesses to meet global demand.

DIT has launched a digital tool to give businesses the information they need to export goods out of the UK market. The free tool, called Check How to Export Goods, has launched on GOV.UK. The tool helps any business, particularly SMEs, to trade with over 160 markets by providing up to date information and guidance on what they need to know and do in order to export goods to an EU country or to the rest of the world. Businesses input their product commodity code and export destination and can then access product-level and country specific information including duties, regulations, customs procedures and trade agreements between the UK and other markets.

The Government confirms plans to introduce import control on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020


HMRC has extended the deadline to 31 January 2021 for grant funding towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations. Also to help businesses that support others to trade goods to invest in IT. See:

For IOE training courses, see:


The transition period is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements for a trade deal. It will end on 31 December 2020. Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work activities remain the same during the transition period.

The HSE guidance Brexit: Transition period made simple; the basics for your business, will help you comply with the law.

The general HSE Guide Health and Safety made simple for your Business is on: 


Export Partners UK
Export Partners UK (formally Sponsors Alliance) have produced ‘The Export Partners UK Ministerial Briefing Document for Export Support – 2019’ for engagement with the new Ministers, their shadows, officials in DIT, HMT and BEISS. All Tories will be pro-business and export. The new parliament has the greatest number of new MPs for many years many of whom will be naïve with regard to export promotion, and therefore it would be a great opportunity for Export Partners UK to lobby them together with associations and companies.

The document includes the following proposals 

  1. Urgent need to promote UK export
  2. Avoiding duplication and competition with industry led initiatives
  3. Reviewing the negative impact of current targets and the lack of joined-up export support
  4. Review and reinvestment in Commercial Officers in Post
  5. Review of the expensive International Trade Advisor network and contacts
  6. The need for a dynamic and properly resourced and structured Trade Promotion Scheme
  7. Create a new industry-led Trade Mission Scheme
  8. Review of the GREAT Campaign
  9. British Businesses needs clarity over Brexit

If any of these issues are of interest to you, and you would like a copy of the full document, and/or would like to lobby your local MP then contact Karen at the EIA on

The Genesis Initiative
Genesis will be moving to meet new ministers and opposition spokespersons responsible for SME issues now we know the composition of the new government. Genesis has presented policy agendas for the SME sector aimed at whichever new government is elected.

In particular, Genesis want to continue to lobby on their key issues: late payment: access to funding; digital fraud online;provide long-term patient funding to UK; stop the heavy-handed approach of IR 35, which is preventing UK business being able to access vital flexible expertise - on 4th December the Government announced a review of IR 35 if re-elected; and to strengthen the power and reach of the Small Business Commissioner. (Full details of these issues can be found in the EIA December newsletter.)

The next Genesis Breakfast and Senate will be on Wednesday 25 March in the Palace of Westminster. Guest speaker will be – Professor Dr Syed Kamall, Syed was both leader of the UK Conservative Group in the European Parliament and joint chair of the European Conservatives and Reformist group in the last session. Today, as well as being Professor of International Politics at St Mary’s University, he is also the Research Director of pro-business free-market think tank the IEA (Institute for Economic Affairs), the Grandfather of UK think tanks.


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 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.



Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
For a list of events see:

British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network
For information see:

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
For a list of events see:

Department for International Trade (DIT)
For a list of webinars see:

Open to Export
For a list of webinars see:

Rail Mentor – The Gateway to Business Growth
For further information see:

South Yorkshire International Trade Centre
For a list of events see:

International Trade Forum (Sheffield)
For further information see:


20 - 24 April 2020
NEC, Birmingham

21 – 23 April 2020

9 – 11 June 2020
NEC, Birmingham

Co-located with Aero Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Performance Engineering, Connected Engineering, Medical Engineering
4 – 5 November 2020


GTMA How to Succeed at Trade Shows
17March 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00
Alcester, Warwickshire
Proven strategies, tools, techniques and counterintuitive approaches for increasing results and decreasing costs of trade shows.


The EIA have requested support from the Department for International Trade, with up to £2,500 available to eligible UK companies exhibiting at these events. We hope to have confirmation through soon or we will negotiate special deals with the Organisers.

International Exhibition of Building and Construction
30 March – 1 April 2020
Muscat, Oman

International show for the machine tool and metalworking industry
25 – 29 May 2020
Moscow, Russia

International Precision Engineering, Machine Tools and Metalworking Exhibition
7 - 10 July 2020
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

International Defence Industry Exhibition
1 - 4 September 2020
Kielce, Poland,16791.htm

International Manufacturing Technology Show
14 – 19 September 2020
Chicago, USA

International exhibition for metal working
15 – 19 September 2020
Stuttgart, Germany

International Sheet Metal Working Exhibition
27 – 30 October 2020
Hanover, Germany

International Machine Tool and Metalworking Technology Trade Exhibition and Conference
18 - 21 November 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
11 – 14 January 2021
Sharjah, UAE

Tool Cutting and Machine Tool Exhibition
21 – 27 January 2021
Bangalore, India

27 – 28 January 2021

2 - 4 February 2021
Monterrey, Mexico

16th International Exhibition of Building and Construction
March 2021
Muscat, Oman

China International Machine Tool Show
19 - 21 April 2021
Beijing, China

* funded

Contact: Karen Finegold on  for further information.

For a complete list of all DIT supported shows, see DIT supported shows 


METALEX - 20-23 November 2019, Bangkok
Metalex attracted over 100,475 visitors over the four days of the show, showing 40,000 brands form 50 countries in 10 halls in 64,000 square metres of space. There were nine International Pavilions: China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Italy, and the UK. The UK Pavilion attracted past exhibitors and some new companies to the region including our first collaboration with Made in Sheffield who used the exhibition to promote their members. One of these members met a distributor for his products. The EIA will now be working with other relevant organisations/associations to support them in their export promotion for their members. The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) which assists UK companies seeking to enter the Thai market with support services under contract to the Department for International Trade (DIT), invited all UK companies to a networking event to meet other UK companies who had set up in Thailand. This was of great benefit to those companies who were new to market.
Our contact is: Greg Watkins website: 

STEELFAB – 13–16 January 2020, Sharjah
The UK Pavilion at Steelfab comprised of eighteen companies, the largest contingent so far at this metalworking show in the UAE. Vineetha Sony from the British Centre for Business gave a briefing on the first morning of the show on doing business in the region. The show attracted visitors fromUAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Kenya, and India. Exhibitors have made contact with potential distributors as well as contacts for orders including an exhibitor who has exhibited at the show for a number of years who has been able to establish great connections securing major contracts with oil companies as a result of exhibiting and DIT assistance. Companies that exhibited on the UK Pavilion included: ASC UK Ltd, BSA Tube Runner Ltd, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering, Citizen Machinery UK Ltd, Lomas Engineering Ltd, Oxford Sensors Ltd, Parweld Ltd, Precision Components Ltd, Uniprize Machine Tools International Ltd, Wholesale Welding Supplies Ltd /TA Weldability SIF, Broadbent Stanley Machine Tool Supplies Ltd, Craigen Engineering Ltd/TA ND precision Products, Eclipse Magnetics Ltd, Holroyd Precision Ltd, Bott Ltd, MM Media Ltd, and Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools Ltd.


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:

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


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

Please contact:

North West Chairman, Peter Thornhill on 07710 079644 or
Associate Consultant for the North, Reuben Ash on 07974 750115 or

Southern Chairman, Mac Ghadially on 07770 795905 or

The EIA also has a Chinese Partner, Hanming Lee, based in Beijing China
Tel: +86 10 51660311 email: or 


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

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 as it may be of interest to other members.


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 or contact your partnership account manager, Katy Lyles on 01274 588 862 or email 

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.

A calendar of all events can be found on including training and partner events can be found on:

For further information, please see, contact Luke Allingham at the IOE on or Tel: +44 (0) 1733 404 423.

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 call the friendly team on 0161 483 3888

Renshaw Williams & Co limited Great Moor House, 2 Fence Street, Great Moor, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7HP

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers is the UK’s largest trade body for the commercial finance broker.

The NACFB launched findSMEfinance in February 2019, a platform that allows UK businesses to seek finance through approved, independent and regulated UK brokers. Businesses can enter their requirements for finance and are then presented with up to 6 NACFB brokers who match the criteria entered and are in the vicinity of the business seeking finance.

For further information contact: Nicholas Murphy on
Tel: 020 3892 6017 or see

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.



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  and the Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011.

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

Citation PLC can provide advice on Health and Safety and Employment law and offer training courses all over the country. Free guides are also available for members and for a free audit of your existing compliance standard, call Citation on 0845 844 1111.

Don’t forget to mention that you are an EIA member in order to get your discount on the Citation


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 See for latest trade leads.

Additionally, Qimtek Limited provide engineering leads at special rates for EIA members. See 


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 

EIA Member, MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd ( 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: 


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:


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  or telephone 0207 298 6455.

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 ___________________________________________________________________