The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2020

CONTENTS:
HANDLING CORONAVIRUS AT WORK
MEMBERS NEWS
Citation
Samuel Taylor Ltd
Sensor Technology Ltd
DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY (BEIS)
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)
INSTITUTE OF EXPORT & INTERNATIONAL TRADE (IOE)
HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE) -Guides for your Business
LOBBYING
Export Partners UK (formally Sponsors Alliance)
The Genesis Initiative
LEP’s LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIPS
EVENT LIST
UK Organisations / Webinars
UK Exhibitions
Conferences and Seminars
Overseas Exhibition Programme
REPORTS ON OVERSEAS SHOWS
METALEX - 20-23 November 2019
STEELFAB – 13-16 January 2020
DIT SERVICES
REGIONAL CHAIRMEN
EIA SERVICES AND BENEFITS
ONGOING EIA MEMBERS BENEFITS
Howden Group
IOE & IT
Metallum Insure
NACFB
Petaurum Solutions
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
Citation PLC
TRADE LEADS
Qimtek Limited
GRANTS
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
LEGISLATION
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support
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HANDLING CORONAVIRUS AT WORK

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.
https://www.acas.org.uk/acas-publishes-new-advice-on-handling-coronavirus-at-work?utm_source=Notifications%202020&utm_campaign=Notifications%202020&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=columns-2-004%20-%20all%20-%20Click%20here 
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MEMBERS NEWS

Citation

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:
https://www.citation.co.uk/resources/hr-and-employment-law/brexit-and-managing-uncertainty/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=partnerl_brexit_jan2020

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:
https://www.citation.co.uk/resources/hr-and-employment-law/handle-short-term-sickness-absences/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=partner_sicknessabsence_feb2020

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:
https://www.citation.co.uk/resources/hr-and-employment-law/holiday-leave/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=partner_holidayleave_feb2020

For further guides and details on regional seminars see www.citation.co.uk 
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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: www.samueltaylor.co.uk 
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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
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DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY (BEIS)

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 - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/freeports-consultation

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: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder. ___________________________________________________________________

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)

The EIA and MTA have submitted their proposed events for the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for 2020 – 2021. New shows in new markets that we would like to work on are Mexico and Ireland. Unfortunately we 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. https://www.gov.uk/check-duties-customs-exporting. 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
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-plans-to-introduce-import-controls?utm_source=7112f7d2-9daf-4d3e-8d31-e0f2357e1554&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=dail
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INSTITUTE OF EXPORT & INTERNATIONAL TRADE

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-extends-customs-grant-funding-deadline

For IOE training courses, see: https://www.export.org.uk/
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HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE

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. https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/index.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EU-Exit&utm_term=brexit&utm_content=transition

The general HSE Guide Health and Safety made simple for your Business is on: https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm 
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LOBBYING

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 karen.finegold@eia.co.uk
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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.
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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: https://www.scci.org.uk/international/events/

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

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

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

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

ADVANCED ENGINEERING SHOW
Co-located with Aero Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Performance Engineering, Connected Engineering, Medical Engineering
4 – 5 November 2020
NEC
https://www.advancedengineeringuk.com/
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CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

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. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-suceed-at-trade-shows-tickets-89948607707
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OVERSEAS EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEELFAB
Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
11 – 14 January 2021
Sharjah, UAE
https://www.steelfabme.com/

IMTEX / TOOLTECH
Tool Cutting and Machine Tool Exhibition
21 – 27 January 2021
Bangalore, India
http://imtex.in/

NATIONAL MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
27 – 28 January 2021
Dublin
http://www.manufacturingevent.com/

EXPO MANUFACTURA
2 - 4 February 2021
Monterrey, Mexico
http://www.expomanufactura.com.mx/

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

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

* funded

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

For a complete list of all DIT supported shows, see DIT supported shows 
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REPORTS ON OVERSEAS 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 greg@bccthai.com website: www.bccthai.com 
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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.
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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.

A calendar of all events can be found on including training and partner events can be found on: 
https://www.export.org.uk/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=&start=2%2F24%2F2020&end=&view=&cid=

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

To learn more visit https://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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NACFB
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 Nicholas.murphy@nacfb.org.uk
Tel: 020 3892 6017 or see https://www.findsmefinance.co.uk/eia
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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 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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Additionally, Qimtek Limited provide engineering leads at special rates for EIA members. See www.qimtek.co.uk/rfq/engineering.html 
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GRANTS

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

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

MCS Corporate Strategies will identify, analyse, compile and prepare full claims for submission to HMRC and awarding bodies.  This includes financial and technical reports and ongoing liaison-contact with HMRC.  Direct any queries about these items and any other reliefs and allowances to MCS. Call 01926 512 475 or e.mail: info@mcs-net.com 
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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 ___________________________________________________________________