The Voice of SME's in Engineering


The EIA would like to wish all its Members a Happy Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous 2021

Please note that the EIA Office will be closed from 24/12/20 to 05/01/21 inclusive

OBITUARY – Clive Williams
Broder Metals Group
Chester Machine Tools
Croft Filters Ltd
Linian Crane & Hoist Company
Proximo Strategies
Samuel Taylor Ltd
MSPO Defence show, 8 - 11 September 2020
METALEX, 18 – 21 November 2020
Overseas Trade Shows
UK Exhibitions - Latest Schedule (Please check nearer the time)
UK Organisations / Webinars
Howden Group
Metallum Insure
Petaurum Solutions
SHEP (The Safety and Health Engineering Partnership)
Citation PLC
Qimtek Limited
MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd
CRONER - Member Telephone Advisory Support


Clive Williams (1939 – 2020)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Clive Williams.

Clive had been a prominent member of the EIA Board for many years and was well known in the industry running his company Progressive Engineering Ltd in Stockport. He will be greatly missed and Sir Ronald, the EIA’s directors and staff extend their heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.


Broder Metals Group offers a wide-ranging range of metals and metal products and have recently written a series of articles about Alloy 718 and its various conditions. For further information on the products that Broder can supply your company including AI materials, alloys flanges and fittings, high tensile stainless and integrity alloys see.

Contact Richard Andrews on 0114 232 9246.

Chester Machine Tools, in a significant step forward to bring new CNC technology to the machine tool market, have repositioned their CNC Machine portfolio with the introduction of an extensive range of performance machines. The company can now provide top-of-the-range, fully configurable CNC machines that are customer application specific solutions for their manufacturing and industrial requirements. The new machine range features everything from high performance 5 Axis CNC Machining Centres and Swiss technology CNC Lathes, to integrated production centre’s, offering multiple cost-effective solutions for industrial and manufacturing requirements see.

Contact Anthony Edwards for further information on 01543 448940

Croft Filters specialise in manufacturing and supplying custom industrial filters. One of Croft’s capabilities, last chance filters, play an important role in protecting critical components and ensuing safe operation within a system or equipment. Last chance filters can act as the final barrier to prevent those impurities from entering and damaging the components that are contamination-sensitive. Croft Filters can design and manufacture these filters to interface with customers’ units.

For further information on the filters that Croft can supply to your company see. ContactNeil Burns on 01925 766265

Linian Crane & Hoist Company sell and install factory overhead cranes and hoists, and very often bespoke lifting equipment see. Linian are looking customers and for agents nationwide

Contact Ian Watson on or 01744 736330

Mintronics is the UK distributor for Alibre 3D Design CAD softwareand since the start of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Mintronics has been helping existing and new clients to control their costs and enhance their designs with new versions of the Alibre software.

The ability to respond quickly with creative and pertinent designs has enabled a number of sheet metalwork companies to address the urgent needs of new products from ventilator housings, through sanitiser dispensers and point-of-sale partitioning, used to restrict virus transmissions.

Alibre Design Expert allows manufacturing companies with laser cutting and press brakes to design 3D assemblies made from 2D sheet metal with a minimal number of operations. Alibre comes with a “sheet metal” module that enables easy calculation of cutting paths allowing for bend allowances where parts are to be laser cut and then folded.

Clients can choose to keep with the current software revision or buy a maintenance contract to upgrade to the latest software issue. If you choose to stick with the current software, there is no need to renew your licence monthly or annually – something that other companies enforce by rigid policies which penalise the buyer.

For further information see or contact John Minto Tel: 0844 357 0378.

Proximo Strategies can assist with Grants for Manufacturing Businesses in the North West of up to 33% of a project. Click here for an explainer video.

Contact Reuben Ash on or 07974 750115.

Samuel Taylor Ltd together with TWI Ltd have been awarded InnovateUK funding as part of the recent ‘Catalysing Green Innovation: Securing the Future of ZEV’ competition. EVBus is an InnovateUK collaborative project between Samuel Taylor and TWI aiming to investigate an innovative copper to aluminium bonding technique for use in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) busbars. Joining copper to aluminium would allow for light-weighting of electric vehicle (EV) busbars, while maintaining electrical properties. Busbars are an integral part of EV battery packs. Thus, improving the busbar can lead to lighter packs and extend the range of ZEVs.
For more information see or contact Alistair Gordon


The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the spending review which will provide billions of pounds in the fight against coronavirus, and invest in the UK’s recovery. Headlines for businesses are 

  • National Infrastructure Strategy: The £4bn Levelling Up Fund, to transform the UK’s infrastructure network, is based around three objectives: economic recovery; levelling up and strengthening the Union; and meeting the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050. This will be enabled by clear support for private investment and through a comprehensive set of reforms to the way infrastructure is delivered.
  • Business rates multiplier: The business rates multiplier will be frozen in 2021-22, saving businesses in England £575 million over the next five years.
  • Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee: £375m skills package to help adults without A-Level or equivalent qualifications access free, fully funded further education courses.
  • Kickstart Scheme: £1.6bn for the Kickstart scheme which is designed to help young people (16 – 24 year olds) claiming universal credit find work placements.
  • Restart Scheme: £2.9bn for the three year Restart Scheme, to help more than one million people who have been unemployed for over a year, find new work.
  • National Living Wage: The National Living wage is being increased by 2.2%, to £8.91 an hour. This rate is being extended to those aged 23 and over.

To view the chancellor’s speech, click here, and for further details on the spending review, click here.

Total value of UK exports and imports to Q3 can be found here.


Pay VAT deferred: You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme. If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can: pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021; opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches in 2021; contact HMRC if you need more help to pay. Check how you can pay your deferred VAT. If you want to opt in to the new payment scheme: You cannot opt in yet. The online opt in process will be available in early 2021. You must opt in yourself; your agent cannot do this for you. Instead of paying the full amount by the end of March 2021, you can make up to 11 smaller monthly instalments, interest free. All instalments must be paid by the end of March 2022. For more on the opt in paying system check here

For further information on how HMRC are assisting companies through Covid-19 click here.


The EIA has been updating members on an almost daily/weekly basis on changes of legislation and information from Government. Companies can also search the Governmentwebsite for guidance on Funding and Support; Self Employed and Sole Traders; Your Responsibilities as Employers; How to run your Business Safely; What Businesses Should be Closed as well as Coronavirus Health and Well Being.

Coronavirus Letter to the Manufacturing Sector from the Secretary Of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, for those in the Manufacturing Industry and its Supply Chain


The transition period is ending on 31 December 2020 and there will be no extension. If you trade goods with the EU, the rules will change and there are actions to take now. Time is running out and getting ready can take longer than you think.

Regardless of whether we reach a trade agreement with the EU, from 1 January 2021 new rules will apply for any trade with Europe. You will need to: make customs declarations for any goods moved between Great Britain and Europe; pay the relevant tariffs on any goods moved between Great Britain and Europe; and follow new processes for moving any goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

If you are a VAT registered trader, you will also receive a letter from HMRC explaining what you need to do to prepare. You can find all recent HMRC letters to VAT registered traders on GOV.UK.

Help is available, and we recommend you to: decide how you are going to deal with customs declarations – most companies use a specialist for this; check to see whether you might be able to delay your declarations and duty payments; you may be eligible for this if your goods are not on the controlled goods list and you do not have a poor compliance record and; register for the free Trader Support Service if you plan to move goods into Northern Ireland.

You can find out what other actions you may need to take by visiting and using the checker tool.

The Government will continue to provide the sector-specific information and general support to walk you through the changes. All previously recorded webinars are available on demand now.

If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

The EIA has a page of questions and answers to assist members on BREXIT see.

The EIA has also developed a page of useful BREXIT links for information to assist you with the transition see.


The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. From 1 January 2021 Government will publish information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK, on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS)

If you wish to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU, you may continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Further guidance is available here.


The COVID-19 pandemic has added a host of new challenges when it comes to managing your people, especially when it comes to dealing with holidays and furlough.

EIA Associate Member Citation’s HR and Employment Law experts have created this exclusive guide which takes a look at the key sticking points faced by business owners when it comes to calculating holiday for those on furlough. From holiday accrual to how to calculate furlough when an employee is on holiday, this guide is the perfect starting point to get your head around how to manage annual leave during the pandemic. Free DOWNLOAD

If you would like to chat about how Citation can help with the HR and Health & Safety side of your business, telephone 0345 844 1111, or fill in their call-back form.


The Health and Safety Executive are continuing with spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. The inspectors will give advice on how to manage risks and protect workers, customers and visitors and will check the measures they have put in place are in line with government guidance. Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. See the HSE Coronavirus Working Safely section of their website. Members can also sign up for e-bulletins in the selective industries / topics of interest.


The SHEP (Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership) work-related stress webinar is designed to help SMEs effectively identify and take measures to reduce work-related stress - this is particularly important given the current circumstances we all find ourselves in.

According to the Labour Force Survey there were 17.9 million working days lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in 2019/20. The SHEP work-related stress webinar will cover what work-related stress is, the symptoms and the actions your business can take to address it, followed by a Q&A session.

The event is aimed at managers and directors in SME companies. It will be held on Thursday 17 December from 12:00 to 13:00. To register for this free event and for more information about SHEP, see their website.

HSE has resources to help employers support staff with work-related stress and mental health conditions. Click here


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 here. 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. Members have also been emailed information from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and EIA member Citation with details on health and safety and HR.

To make sure businesses operate safely and stay compliant, Citation’s team of HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety experts have created a complete back to business toolkit.


There will be an additional Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022:The Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June 2022, and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022 will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone. For more information on June 2022 Bank Holiday, check here


MSPO Defence show, 8 - 11 September 2020
The Department for International Trade sponsored and the EIA supported the MSPO Defence show in Poland. Although the exhibition was smaller than usual, there were a significant number of visitors and the Health and Safety protocols were closely followed, so everyone was confident in their networking. The UK had the honour of being the Lead Nation for 2020 and so there was a high level of Ministerial support and Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement spent a lot of time with all the UK exhibitors, along with his Polish Counterpart. The feedback from exhibitors has been largely positive and UK exhibitors are looking forward to MSPO 2021.

METALEX, 18 – 21 November 2020
Metalex took place in Bangkok. The show attracted 52,122 visitors. Metalex: The Virtual, is open for new visitors to be able to log in to make contact with machine tool and metalworking technology providers at the show. Visit. The UK Pavilion looks forward to 2021 when we can once again have a presence at the largest Machine Tool and Metalworking exhibition in the ASEAN which will be in its 36th year.



The EIA and MTA have only received confirmation of the grant funded exhibitions for their programme of Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for events up to the end of March 2021.

In order to assist UK companies with their exports, we would be pleased to discuss your participation at the events through agents/distributors if the shows go ahead. We will discuss this with relevant Organisers near the dates if it is not possible for UK companies to go to the country where the exhibition is taking place.


Many of the shows in 2020 were rescheduled on account of the Coronavirus and this may happen again in 2021. The following is the list of proposed trade shows which we would like to sponsor 2021/2022. Funding of up to £2,500 could be available in some markets. We await confirmation from DIT. Whilst we are hoping that most of these events will take place, they may still be rescheduled and may be affected by travel restrictions.

International Exhibition of Building and Construction
22 - 24 March 2021
Muscat, Oman

China International Machine Tool Show
12 – 17 April 2021
Beijing, China 

13 – 15 April 2021

Monterrey, Mexico

International show for the machine tool and metalworking industry
24 - 28 May 2021
Moscow, Russia

Middle East’s Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
7 – 10 June 2021
Sharjah, UAE

Indian Tool Cutting & Machine Tool Exhibition / Cutting Tool, Tooling Systems, Machine Tool Accessories, Metrology and CAD/CAM
17 - 23 June 2021
Bangalore, India

7 – 10 July 2021
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

International Defence Industry Exhibition
7 – 10 September 2021
Kielce, Poland

International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition
27 – 30 October 2021
Hannover, Germany

17 – 20 November 2021
Bangkok, Thailand

In order to assist UK companies with their exports, we would be pleased to discuss company’s participation at events through agents/distributors if the UK Company cannot attend.

Contact: Karen on for further information.
For a complete list of all DIT supported shows, clickhere.

UK EXHIBITIONS - LATEST SCHEDULE (Please check nearer the time)

14 – 16 September 2021
NEC, Birmingham

Co-located with Aero Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Performance Engineering, Connected Engineering, Medical Engineering
3 – 4 November 2021
NEC, Birmingham

4 – 8 April 2022

NEC, Birmingham
Running Concurrently with the following:

Air-Tech Exhibition 2021
Drives & Controls 2021
Fluid Power & Systems 2021
Plant & Asset Management 2021
Smart Industry Expo 2021
5 – 7 April 2022
NEC, Birmingham


Click on the following Organisations for a list of their events:

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) 

Department for International Trade(DIT)

Open to Export 

Rail Mentor The Gateway to BusinessGrowth 

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce 

International Trade Forum (Sheffield)



DIT offer a range of UK international trade services to UK companies including Export Opportunities, High Value Opportunities, E-Exporting, Tradeshow Access Programme, Events, Trade Fairs, Missions, Webinars, Overseas Market Introductions as well as support from a DIT International Trade Advisor. For details click here.

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 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 Howden’s 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, including training and partner events, can be found here.  For further information, please see IOE’s website or  contact Luke Allingham at the IOE on or Tel: +44 (0) 1733 404 423.

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 click here or call the friendly team on 0161 483 3888

Renshaw Williams & Co LimitedGreat 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 click here.

Petaurum Solutiuons
Petaurum 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. For more information click here.


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 click here. The Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011.

The Safety and Health Engineering Partnership 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.

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. 

Do not forget to mention that you are an EIA member in order to get your discount on the Citation service


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 Click here for the latest trade leads.

Additionally, EIA Member Qimtek Limited provide engineering leads at special rates for EIA members. Click here for more details.


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 here.

MCS Corporate
Additionally,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 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 click here.


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.

What can I receive advice on?

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

What are the benefits?

  • 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 Karen on ___________________________________________________________________________