The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2018

CONTENTS:
EIA’S 77TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH

NEW MEMBER
Spotcap UK Ltd
MEMBERS NEWS
Challenge (Europe) Ltd
Jaluch Limited
R&D Tax Solutions Ltd
EIA LOBBYING
The Genesis Initiative
Department for International Trade (DIT)
Sponsors’ Alliance (SA)
BREXIT
THAI BUSINESS FORUM – TRANSFORMING THAILAND
INDUSTRY 4.0
THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE
RESHORING UK
EIA SERVICES AND BENEFITS
EVENT LIST
UK Organisations
Webinars
UK Exhibitions
Overseas Exhibition Programme
COBCOE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
EEF CONFERENCE AND DINNER
MTA DINNER
DIT SERVICES
REGIONAL CHAIRMEN
ONGOING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EIA MEMBERS
Currencies Direct Ltd
IOE & IT
Jaluch Limited
Metallum Insure
Petaurum Solutions
Punter Southall Health & Protection
SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
Utilitywise Plc
TRADE LEADS
Applegate PRO
Qimtek Limited
GRANTS
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
R&D Tax Solutions
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
Citation PLC
LEGISLATION
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support
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EIA 77TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH

The EIA AGM took place on Friday 20 July 2018. The AGM welcomed Reuben Ash, the new Associate Consultant for the North.  It was with regret that Anne Wilson had resigned from her position as Yorkshire Chairman. The EIA would be pleased to hear from members in this region who would like to take up this position.

Matters discussed during the AGM included; Banking, Export, Brexit, Industry 4.0, and access to grant funding.

Attendees adjourned for lunch at the Park Terrace Restaurant, Royal Garden Hotel London, followed by a tour of the Royal Albert Hall where they learned of its history and were shown around the Hall which included the Royal Box and Royal Reception Room. The EIA were very fortunate as we listened to the Royal Welsh Philharmonic Orchestra who were practising before their performance that night.

Members who would like a copy of the Minutes of the AGM should contact Head Office.
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NEW MEMBER

SPOTCAP UK LTD - A Better Take on Business Loans for Engineers

Spotcap provides loans of up to £250k to UK-based small and medium-sized businesses. Our short term finance is a perfect fit for purchasing stock as well as bridging gaps in cash flow. In fact, we recently supplied a Midlands based engineering company with a £150k loan to purchase inventory. We offer loans on a fully unsecured basis, requiring no assets or personal guarantees, with credit decisions given within one working day. Through rigorous underwriting, we focus on cash flow and real-time performance. This allows us to offer a transparent and competitively priced product. The result: a sustainable and supportive approach to business lending. Contact Stephen Whelan for more information.

Address: Regal House, 14 James Street, London, WC2E 8BU
Tel: 0203 883 1407
Email: stephen.whelan@spotcap.co.uk  Website: www.spotcap.co.uk 
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MEMBERS NEWS

Challenge (Europe) Ltd – Screws ex-stock and custom
Challenge Europe offer a very wide variety of different design and materials which enables them to help customers get the right screw for the job. This covers stainless steel machine screws, self-tapping/thread-forming screws and steel chipboard screws, and self-drilling types such as SPAX – which have a special thread form to cut into timber without a pilot hole – and HECOFIX screws, also with a range of specialised threads, both especially designed for professional users.

People often use self-tappers in plastic without realising that there are specialist designed-for-plastic screws – and only find out later that ordinary self-tappers can bind in the hole where they snap off or split the component. Proper advice can cover screw type, hole, sizes, clearances, torque settings etc.

For further information contact Kevin Moorcroft, on 01234 346 242 see the website:
www.challenge-europe.co.uk/threaded-products-screws/
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Jaluch Limited (www.jaluch.co.uk)

Jaluch are offering all EIA members free 12-months essentials membership to their HR and H&S template service Docs Wizard (normally £49+VAT). Members can download 100’s of legally compliant letters, without any restrictions. Visit: www.docswizard.co.uk

Contact head.office@eia.co.uk to get the relevant discount codes.

If you need to speak to one of the Jaluch team call: 01425 479888 or e-mail help@docswizard.co.uk and let them know you are an EIA member.
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R&D Tax Solutions Ltd (www.rndtax.co.uk)

R&D Tax Relief is available to all UK LTD companies subject to corporation tax. There are two regimes applicable SME and Large: SME criteria is that the company and associated enterprises has under 500 employees, and less than €100million turnover or less than €86million gross assets. Large companies (also known as RDEC) are all companies that do not meet the SME criteria.

For SMEs the benefit is up to 24.7% cash benefit on qualifying expenses, whereas for loss making SME’s this can be up to 33.35%.  Large companies get an effective benefit of up to 9.7% on qualifying expenses.

To qualify for R&D tax relief your projects must seek to create new or enhanced products, processes, services or systems. This may include updates for customer requirements.

Costs that qualify include staff costs, externally provided workers, software licenses, subcontractors, materials used to build the prototype. Certain intangible assets can also be considered as costs for the purpose of the claim. Capital additions can receive 100% relief as long as these additions are related to an R&D claim.

Here are some case studies which detail the R&D claims for several engineering companies:

Case Study: Economical Engineering and How R&D Tax Relief Saves You Money In this case study, we look at how the government’s tax credits scheme benefited a company that specialises in structural steel services. From the design and erection of structures up to 500 tonnes to site work and welding. In order to run a cost-efficient and economically sound business, engineering sector businesses need to understand not only how to make products that sell, but how to utilise the many tax rules and regulations that govern the industry. Link: https://rndtax.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/am_fabrication_case_study.pdf

Case Study: Conveyor Engineering Prototypes There are many complexities surrounding the continual development of conveyor belts. Engineering can be a detailed and time-consuming industry in which changes take time to be innovated and constructed. This case study outlines our work with several high-quality welding and fabrication solution companies who have become leading UK conveyor manufacturers. Link: https://rndtax.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/conveyor_engineering_case_study.pdf

Contact - Evgeni Vachkov on 0161 298 1010 ext 101 or evgeni@rndtax.co.uk.
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EIA LOBBYING

The Genesis Initiative

The EIA attended the Genesis Breakfast and Senate meetings at the House of Commons on Wednesday 13 June 2018. Matters discussed included Apprenticeships, BEIS Consultation on Productivity as part of the next stages on the Industrial Strategy, VAT fraud and an update on projects Making Tax Digital, Access to Finance, Commonwealth Initiative, EU SME financial services, Food and Farming and the Creative sector.

Genesis MPs asked for input on a few priority issues to raise with HM Treasury:

Business rates – This remains an incredibly unpopular tax, not because of any sense that businesses have no obligation, but because of the complete irrationality of the system and disconnect with profitability and business actuality. Whilst reform of the current system is incredibly complex if not impossible, a move towards a turnover rate based on profitability as a core approach, developed over time, and perhaps through a business/government commission might move us towards viable change. The entry and now increasingly powerful position of e-sales businesses of every size from Amazon downwards add to the pressure for change as those businesses do not have the rateable value footprint of a high street retailer.

Don’t tax small business people to fill the NHS funding gap – there are many questions over how a potential financial gap will be filled by the Exchequer. One temptation to be resisted is to place the self-employed and subcontractors on the same tax basis as employees. The argument should not need to be to be rehearsed, but there is real concern amongst Genesis organizations that these entities and individuals will be a target for extra tax revenue. The self-employed and SMEs carry a range of additional risks and uncertainty that are generally not found in the employee workplace. Sometimes the perceived advantage of autonomy for the self-employed/SME owner is down to there being no choices but self-employment. In the gig economy, IR 35 has led to many contractors withdrawing from the labour market. Placing short-term contract workers and SME sub-contractors on the same basis as the employed would also remove much flexibility for small businesses needing skills for a short time only or intermittently. Late Payment - The next budget could look to impose significantly greater disclosure requirements on payment times by larger businesses to expose those paying SMEs late. Those guilty of particularly poor practice could be named and shamed in a league table. VAT Fraud - Genesis will be writing separately but we continue to be concerned by VAT fraud through imports coming into the UK without paying VAT and thus putting SMEs and other businesses at a 20% disadvantage.

Genesis has assembled a panel of 35 alternative investors and is polling them and Genesis Senate members on access to finance for small businesses. Genesis intends to present to Parliament in the autumn to illustrate the challenges facing businesses wishing to secure investment and why businesses may not wish to access external finance at all. The separate poll of alternative investment providers will likewise illustrate their view of the issues. Combining the results, will show a powerful picture of SME borrowing and investment today and how the market can be improved. The EIA have already sent the SME Finance Survey to members but this can still be found on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/?sm=ma7eX6JcAuep26mT_2BMQJDw_3D_3D 
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Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT launched its Export Strategy paper on 21 August and aims to increase UK total exports as a proportion of GDP to 35%. Last year £620 billion of goods and services exported by British companies accounted for 30% of our GDP, with UK exports at a record high. However, the Department for International Trade estimates that 400,000 businesses believe they could export but don’t, while demand for British expertise and goods overseas is only growing.

Dr Liam Fox MP said in his launch speech that the United Kingdom is a great exporting nation and our exporters lead the way, in creating jobs, raising wages and growing our economy. As we leave the EU, we must set our sights high and that is just what this Export Strategy will help us achieve.

Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department of International Trade, said ‘As the world’s sixth largest exporter, we do punch above our weight, however, we also punch below our potential. This strategy builds on the UK Industrial Strategy and our existing export support services – our network of trade advisers and promoters across the UK and in 108 countries worldwide, UKEF’s £50 billion capacity to support exports in 60 currencies, and our great.gov.uk service’.

See the Export Strategy on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/export-strategy-supporting-and-connecting-businesses-to-grow-on-the-world-stage/export-strategy-supporting-and-connecting-businesses-to-grow-on-the-world-stage

DIT have revised their Terms and Conditions for the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for this year. New rules include:

  • Experienced exporters who export up to 70% of their turnover can now receive support.
  • SME UK based businesses or organisations (which include a subsidiary of an overseas company provided that the subsidiary is fully registered in the UK) and that it is investigating export opportunities or actively exporting, can now receive funding as long as profits are reserved for the UK.
  • Companies can have exhibited previously at an overseas trade show.

However, companies can now only export up to six markets to obtain funding (Europe is now classed as a single market).

The best way in which to increase exports is to assist those companies already exporting, and the Government has listened to our comments through our lobbying with the Sponsors Alliance to hopefully achieve this. However, the amount of money allocated for this scheme remains the same at £6 million.

The EIA is selling space for their programme of events and also for the Manufacturing Technologies Association DIT sponsored shows worldwide. For a full list see: http://www.eia.co.uk/calendar/ukti-sponsored-shows.aspx or lower down this newsletter.
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Sponsors’ Alliance (SA)

The Sponsors’ Alliance AGM took place in July at Fox William LLP Law Firm. Fox Williams gave a good presentation on BREXIT. Key point were: existing and future contracts will be effected by Brexit; businesses need to look at and think about issues such as EU customs declaration forms, EU wide IP, the need for UK copyright and trademarks; consider use of terms including references to ‘territories’ that may be EU specific, be mindful of contracts with fixed pricing (changes to taxes and tariffs, exchange rates etc.); different Brexit agreements could have an impact on matters such as ‘force majeure’, rules of origin, transfer pricing; EU law will still apply in many cases such as EU competition law, GDPR, EU Agents Directive.

The SA had worked with DIT on the new Terms and Conditions for the TAP scheme and SA would still continue to lobby Government with regard to attracting more funding.
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BREXIT

Department for Exiting the European Union - Herewith the link for the Governments White Paper for ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/725288/The_future_relationship_between_the_United_Kingdom_and_the_European_Union.pdf

Governments Preparations for a No Deal Brexit Scenario
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-governments-preparations-for-a-no-deal-scenario/uk-governments-preparations-for-a-no-deal-scenario

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal

Most important areas for engineering companies would be:

VAT -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Customs -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trading-with-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/trading-with-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Tariffs -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/classifying-your-goods-in-the-uk-trade-tariff-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/classifying-your-goods-in-the-uk-trade-tariff-if-theres-a-no-brexit-deal

Engineering Employment Federation – Guide to UK Manufacturing and Brexit https://www.eef.org.uk/campaigning/campaigns-and-issues/current-campaigns/manufacturing-and-europe

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - Winning Worldwide - a Four Step Export Growth Plan for the UK http://www.cbi.org.uk/index.cfm/_api/render/file/?method=inline&fileID=B741B06E-E690-4CD5-A7D20B4C9692DD90 
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THAI BUSINESS FORUM – TRANSFORMING THAILAND

The EIA were invited to a by-invitation only event in June at the Landmark Hotel in London by the Thai Business Forum. The ‘Transforming Thailand’ event was attended by the Thai Prime Minister and Key Cabinet members together with Paul Scully MP, the Prime Ministers Trade Envoy to Thailand.  Thailand has proven to be resilient in the face of global and regional challenges with a steady growth of around 4%. The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) which straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand, will be the hub for technological manufacturing, and innovation. Thailand’s eastern seaboard already enjoys strong connectivity to neighbouring countries and established trade routes. The seaboard has seen success in petrochemical, automobile, and electronic industries. The Government will be expanding airports, roads, railways and ports and expects to invest US$43 billion (Thai Baht 1.5 trillion) for the realization of the EEC over the next five years. This funding will come from a mix of state funds, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and foreign direct investment (FDI). For further information see: https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/2018/06/29/thailand-eastern-economic-corridor.html 
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INDUSTRY 4.0

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things affect Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and End Users alike. When the digital world is amalgamated into the workplace, factory automation becomes more flexible, increases energy efficiency, reduces costs, enables companies to be more responsive to customer demands, links logistical processes more closely and elevates every point throughout the supply chain. There is an understandable concern about how Industry 4.0 can be achieved in practice, and how it might impact the workforce.

There are a range of applications that can be used to apply Industry 4.0. We attach a list of Glossary Terms for your reference (kindly supplied by Festo), some of which your company will already be using within your factories.

A number of manufacturers have engaged with the Industry 4.0 initiative from its beginning: as a user, manufacturer and trainer. These companies apply Industry 4.0 principles in its main manufacturing facilities and offers training courses to help others do the same. Festos Whitepaper provides ten practical tips for implementing digital projects which could transform businesses and is free to download from www.festo.co.uk/I4practicaltips

The EEF have also produced papers on Industry 4.0.
http://www.eef.org.uk/campaigning/campaigns-and-issues/current-campaigns/industry-four

We would like to hear how EIA members have implemented new technology into their businesses no matter how small this is. Please send a short paragraph to Karen Finegold as it may be of use to other members.
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THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of; international trade, sustainable development or promoting opportunity through social media. Applications to be received by 12 September 2018 https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/how-to-apply 
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RESHORINGUK

A collaboration of 18 leading industrial engineering and technology associations are working together to assist manufacturers connect with trusted accredited suppliers capable of delivering products and services that match their varied requirements near to them in the UK.  The EIA are pleased to be one of these suppliers together with the GTMA, BTMA, PMMDA, MMMA, GAMBICA, BAF, CBM, SEA, AILU, Composites UK, AFRC, CMF, AMUK, ALFED, MTC, WMG, and Innovate UK supported by Lloyds Bank.

Only members of these organisations are able to promote themselves on this website. The website is currently being updated to include more detailed information on each individual company.

We would like to encourage members to add this logo to their emails so that all engineering businesses in the supply chain are aware of the Reshoring UK initiative.

See the website: http://www.reshoringuk.co.uk/ 
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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. __________________________________________________________________

EVENT LIST

UK ORGANISATIONS

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

CHINA-BRITAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL (CBBC)
For a list of events see: https://portal.cbbc.org/civicrm/event/ical?reset=1&list=1&html=1&location=1

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

RAIL MENTOR – THE GATEWAY TO BUSINESS GROWTH
For further information see: www.railmentor.com

SOUTH YORKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE
For a list of events see: http://www.syitc.com/events

INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM (SHEFFIELD)
For further information see: http://www.intradeforum.co.uk/ 

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WEBINARS

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

ADVANCED ENGINEERING UK, AERO ENGINEERING, COMPOSITES ENGINEERING, AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING, CONNECTED MANUFACTURING
31 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER 2018

NEC Birmingham
http://www.easyfairs.com/advanced-engineering-2018/ 
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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 exporting companies exhibiting at these events.

We are shortly going to bid for shows commencing April 2019 to March 2020. Should you have any exhibitions that you would like us to consider please let Karen know.

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

MSPO 2018
The 26th International Defence Industry Exhibition

4 – 7 September 2018
Kielce, Poland
http://www.targikielce.pl/en/25th-international-defence-industry-exhibition-mspo,12500.htm

IMTS
International Manufacturing Technology Show

10 – 15 September 2018
Chicago, USA
https://www.imts.com/

AMB
International exhibition for metal working

18 – 22 September 2018
Stuttgart, Germany
https://www.messe-stuttgart.de/amb

METALEX*
31st Edition of ASEAN’s Largest International Machine Tool and Metalworking Technology Trade Exhibition and Conference
21 – 24 November 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.metalex.co.th/

STEELFAB
Middle East’s Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
14 – 17 January 2019
Sharjah, UAE
http://www.steelfabme.com/

FUTURE IRELAND ENGINEERING*
17 January 2019

Dublin, Ireland
https://www.mta.org.uk/resources/exhibit-future-engineering-ireland

IMTEX
Indian Tool Cutting & Machine Tool Exhibition

TOOLTECH
Cutting Tool, Tooling Systems, Machine Tool Accessories, Metrology and CAD/CAM
24 – 29 January 2019
Bangalore, India
http://imtex.in/

THE BIG SHOW OMAN
16th International Exhibition of Building and Construction

March 2019
Muscat, Oman
http://www.thebigshow-oman.com

CIMT*
China International Machine Tool Show

15 – 20 April 2019
Beijing, China
http://www.cimtshow.com

* Not funded

For a full list of DIT supported shows see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tradeshow-accessprogramme 
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COBCOE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The COBCOE Annual Conference will take place on Monday 8 October 2018 in London from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. The event will focus on the UK’s relationship with the Commonwealth and speakers include Adam Marshall, DG, British Chambers of Commerce, Lord Marland of Odstock, Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. This event is free. Further information can be found on https://cobcoe.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/commonwealth-conference-overview-4.pdf 
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EEF CONFERENCE AND DINNER

The EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner will take place on 19 February at the QE11 Centre, Westminster and the London Hilton Park Lane. There are also workshops and a buffet lunch is provided. The event will bring together industry and leaders along with key policy makers with just one month to go from the UK’s departure from the EU and at a time of unprecedented technology driven change.

Speakers already confirmed include: Steph McGovan – Broadcaster, Andrew Neill – Journalist and Broadcaster, Ed Balls, Lee Hopley – Chief Economist at EEF, Will Frazer – Saracens Way. The event does attract big names speakers (last year Jeremy Corbyn and Liam Fox) and EEF will announce further names as we approach the date.

Further information can be found on https://www.manufacturingconference.co.uk/home 
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MTA DINNER

The MTA will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary at the MTA Annual Dinner on Thursday 28 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.

The EIA have negotiated a special EIA member rate at £195 + VAT up to the 1 October 2018. After this date tickets go up to £249. This is a £100 reduction on both rates. For further information see: https://www.mta.org.uk/event/mta-centenary-dinner-2019.  Please let us know if you are attending and we can arrange to sit together.
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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

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

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

Please contact:

North West Chairman, Peter Thornhill on 07710 079644 or peter@renshawwilliams.co.uk
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 __________________________________________________________________

ONGOING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EIA MEMBERS

Currencies Direct Your trusted FX partner

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

For more information call +44 (0) 207 847 9400  web: www.currenciesdirect.com/en/business 
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The 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 40423.
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Jaluch Limited (www.jaluch.co.uk)

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

Metallum Insure

This 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.comor call the friendly team on 0161 483 3888

Renshaw Williams & Co limited Great Moor House, 2 Fence Street, Great Moor, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7HP www.renshawwilliams.co.uk 
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Petaurum Solutions

AUTO ENROLMENT NON-COMPLIANCE IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION

From June to September 2016, 15,073 compliance notices were issue, to remedy a breach of one or more automatic enrolment employer duties, up from 3,392 in the previous quarter. With the compliance notice comes the risk of a fine of £400 for failure to comply.  Failure to comply with a compliance notice will lead to the TPR issuing escalating penalty notices, which carry a fine of between 30 - £10,000 per day. EIA member Petaurum Solutions can assist you to set up your company Auto Enrolment with a £375 set up fee. Contact: http://petaurumsolutions.co.uk/eia-enrolment-pageFor more infomation on the Pensions Regulator Report click on http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/automatic-enrolmentuse-of-powers-sept-2016.pdf 
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Punter Southall Health & Protection

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

Punter Southall Health & Protection are an independent health and wellness specialist, working with companies of all sizes, consumers and their families, to source the best healthcare solution to suit your needs.

Their expert consultant and customer service teams are renowned. Their knowledge, expertise and commitment means they get to know what really works for you and when relevant, are able to think further than the usual solutions.

For more information visit our website www.pshp.co.ukor contact your partnership account manager, Katy Lyles on 01274 588 862 or email partnerenquiries@pshp.co.uk 
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The Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP)

This enables companies to anomalously work through their trade associations with the Health & Safety Executive to assist and improve standards within the engineering sector. If you have any Health & Safety issues in the workplace contact the EIA.
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Utilitywise Plc

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

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

As well as a competitive energy deal you will get:

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

The EIA Gas & Electricity Purchasing Group deal is open now – see attached leaflet.

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

EIA members are invited to promote their spare capacity, request assistance with outsourcing or promote machines for sale on our trade leads section of our website. Email your leads to head.office@eia.co.uk. See http://www.eia.co.uk/trade-leads.aspx for latest trade leads.
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Applegate PRO

The EIA have also partnered with Applegate PRO who source and promote leads for UK engineering companies. The EIA have negotiated a discount for EIA members to receive leads. See website:
https://www.applegate.co.uk/?skinId=28&awc=6018_1519736288_95ee233ee68e09cb0f843cdf496a76af
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Additionally, EIA Member 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 www.j4bgrants.co.uk
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EIA Member, MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd (www.mcs-corporate.com) can give further information on any of the following:

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

Contact: Greville Warwick on 01926 512 475 or e.mail: info@mcs-net.com
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EIA Member, R&D Tax Solutions can also give advice on tax credits. Contact Evgeni Vachikov for more information on 0161 298 1010.
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HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is the authoritative body in Great Britain for issues relating to health and safety in the workplace. The HSE website provides online search and ordering facilities for their publications and is updated daily. You can order by telephone, fax, email or post. Contact details: HSE, PO Box 199, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel: 01787 881165 or https://books.hse.gov.uk/ and the Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011.
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EIA Member, 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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LEGISLATION

The Governments new website aims to assist companies start, grow and improve their businesses. It is the Governments primary support service.

For up-to-date information, support and compliance see: https://www.gov.uk/browse/business 
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CRONER - MEMBER TELEPHONE ADVISORY SUPPORT

What is The Member Telephone Advisory Support?

Engineering Industries Association has teamed up with Croner to offer you access to the Croner Business Support Advice Line as a benefit of your membership subscription, at no additional charge.

With over 70 years’ experience, Croner is the leading provider of compliance solutions to UK businesses. Croner employs specialists, all having professional backgrounds and qualifications, many of them experienced solicitors, so members can benefit from their extensive knowledge and practical experience, in their respective fields.  The advice Croner provide is ‘solution based’ rather than legal jargon and always up to date and relevant.

What can I receive advice on?

Telephone Advice and guidance will be provided in UK Law and practice in the following areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Employment Law and Personnel
  • Tax, VAT, PAYE, NIC, & Payroll
  • Commercial legal matters

What are the benefits?

You’ll enjoy the following benefits from our the Croner consultancy team

  • Peace of mind - Access to a team of professional advisors with unparalleled knowledge, qualifications and experience.  All from professional backgrounds many of them experienced HR Professionals, solicitors, along with ex Inland Revenue, tax & vat consultants and also Tech IOSH qualified safety consultants.
  • Save money - 1 hour of employment law advice with an experienced employment law solicitor could cost in excess of £200 per hour.  This level of advice is included in your membership subscription, so saving you money and offering you peace of mind that you are turning to industry professionals for support.
  • Save Time – Searching the internet for the correct document or piece of legislation can take an incredible amount of time, along with the added stress that as the internet is not controlled, the legislation you have found could be out of date or the document is not suitable for use within the UK.

How do I contact the Consultants?

Full details were sent in your membership pack or contact EIA Head Office at head.office@eia.co.uk or telephone 0207 298 6455.

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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
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