The Voice of SME's in Engineering


- Linian Crane & Hoist Company

Challenge (Europe) Ltd
Filtermist International Ltd
NPL (National Physical Laboratory)
The Genesis Initiative
Export Partners UK
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


Linian Crane & Hoist Company
The Mansion House, City Road, St Helens, WA10 2UE 

Tel: 01744 736 330
Email:               Web:

Linian specialise in the design and manufacture of overhead cranes, hoists and general lifting.

Contact Ian Watson for more information.


Challenge (Europe) Ltd

Address the dangers of ‘internet specification’ of threaded fasteners
Challenge Europe often find design engineers overlook the sophistication of threaded fasteners and fall into the trap of ‘internet specification’ or ’specification by CAD system’. A practice which seems to derive from pressure of time coupled with the perception that fasteners are low-end product and that sourcing can be done over the internet, relying on urgent sample supply in case of doubt. An experienced fastener supplier can provide a wider knowledge at the level of advice in new product development, re-engineering and in problem-solving where difficulties arise. It is increasingly difficult to find this level of expertise outside of small specialists such as Challenge Europe.

Further information on Challenge Europe products can be found on their website –

Filtermist International Ltd

Telford based industrial air cleaning expert Filtermist Systems Limited is urging companies investing in CNC machine tools to think carefully about leaving mist extraction off the order to cut costs. The company has noticed a marked increase in customers investing in ‘bare bones machines’ and not including bar feeders, high pressure or mist extraction in a bid to reduce spend. ‘Although there is an initial capital investment, effective extraction can actually help to lower running costs in the longer term’ states Group UK Sales, Andy Hives. ‘Cost reductions can include lower heating bills in colder months as the air exhausted back into the facility is warm; lower cleaning bills as there’s less oily residue on floors, ceilings and work surfaces; less days lost to ill-health as a result of exposure to contaminated air; and there’s a far lower chance of employers being hit with chargeable enforcement and improvement notices from the HSE, or hefty fines for failing to comply with COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations. We recognise that every penny spent at the moment has to be fully justified and we have introduced a new finance option specifically for Filtermist oil mist filters to help customers’ cashflow through this difficult time.’

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the HSE completed its Q4 inspection programme which targeted metal fabricating premises in a bid to reduce exposure to metalworking fluids and welding fume: reducing occupational lung disease is a key focus in the HSE’s current workplan. Both COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations and the UKLA/HSE Good Practice Guide for Safe Handling and Disposal of Metalworking Fluids recommend using Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) on CNC machines to control exposure to airborne mist particles.

Please visit to find out about all products and services offered in the UK, or call the sales team on 01952 290500 to discuss your specific requirements.


The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

The CE marking will only be valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain even before 31 December 2021.

For details on checking whether you need to use the UKCA marking, when and how to use the UKCA marking, and technical documentation 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 Government websitefor 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.

Ends 30 September 2020
Finance via the scheme are valid for up to 6-months, without any obligation.  Should an offer be taken up, all fees and interest payments are covered for you for the first 12-months, with some offers having no repayments at all during that time. Companies should look at their working capital requirements and any planned investments that they may have over the next 12-18 months while CBILS is still available.

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Check that you are able to apply for this scheme here. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, please let us know in the first instance to see whether we can act as your partner as a trade association or work with another trade association/body. Contact: Karen Finegold on

Employers can now apply for funding for £2,000 for apprentices 16 – 24 and £1,500 for apprentices 25 and over hired between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021 which will be paid in two instalments after the apprentice completes 90 and 365 days of their apprenticeship. For further information click here.

£200m Sustainable Innovation Fund for firms hit by coronavirus: The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive. The government has announced a new Sustainable Innovation Fund. Proposals for this fund must show evidence of key challenges arising as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and awards will be made to go to companies that are not currently in receipt of Innovate UK funding. Projects covered included those for improving the energy efficiency of homes and offices, public transport, and medical technology to combat infections and diseases. Click here for details.

£80m Industry Energy fund: Separately, the government has announced a ‘new £80 million investment’ to help cut emissions from industry and houses. It includes £30m towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF), which supports energy intensive manufacturers, such as car factories and steel plants, to cut their carbon footprint. Details are available here.

Ten auto projects get £74m: Ten automotive projects are to receive funding worth £74 million. These are to reduce carbon emissions and include light-weighting, energy recovery, hydrogen fuel cell development, manufacturing and assembly processes, electronics and a new axle for small lorries. Click here for more details. _________________________________

Apply for innovation funding
If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to: research and develop a process, product or service, test your innovation ideas, collaborate with other organisations. Use this service to: search and apply for innovation funding.

ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest September 2020 
The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.
Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020 
Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition) 
Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste.
APC 17: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability 
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £27 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.
IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies 
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation.
Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies 
UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. _________________________________

NPL (National Physical Laboratory) - Measurement for Recovery

NPL and its partner National Measurement Laboratories – NML at LGC, NIBSC, TUV-NEL and NGML – are committed to supporting the UK Government’s plans for economic recovery by providing specialist measurement advice and short-term projects to companies at no charge. NPL’s leadership of the M4R programme is just one of the many ways it is supporting the national effort and responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

NPL are offering: Access to scientific experts and their lab facilities; A maximum provision of 20 days specialist advice per project – this is paying for the expert’s time and facilities, and is not a financial grant to the company; Analysis, results and reports completed within the maximum 20 allocated days. Measurement for Recovery is currently open until the end of 2020. For further information 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.



The EIA continues to lobby government on issues related to SME companies.

The Genesis Initiative want to post up regular blog stories in relation to their growing relationship with the Small Business Commissioner, the running theme is cash-flow/late payment. EIA members are asked to send their stories and issues so that these can be heard by the wider SME community. The events and facts would be used (but no names) to add weight to the campaign in the long running issue of late payment, which in the current climate needs to be addressed. Please forward your copy direct to Chris Parr via email to -

The subject of late payment especially from larger companies directed at SMEs was also relayed once again to the Bank of England at the recent meeting attended by the EIA.


Export Partners UK welcomed the Governments change to the Furlough Scheme by offering part time flexibility as a result of our lobbying, and we now await to see whether there will be Government intervention with regard to Banks offering loans and late payment and aggressive practices from larger companies towards SMEs.

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)
It was reported that the DIT TAP Application would be going on line and there would be more interaction with Regional Trade Advisors and DIT overseas staff in market.

With many of the overseas shows being cancelled or deferred to next year, the biggest issue in hand is to get DIT to spend the £6m TAP budget on companies this year. It had been requested that the budget could be spent on modest UK stands/pavilions in part represented by the overseas staff, but this had been declined.

The Chancellor is clearly happy about spending money when it suits the government politically. Manufacturers have noticeably been left behind in the Chancellor’s actions.  Our counterparts in other countries are addressing taking part in virtual fairs. We are aware that the Italians attend a fair at no cost, the French at 40% and the Chileans at 40%. The Australians had increased their budget for fairs by £28m. To date the UK has offered no new money to exporters to help them get back on their feet after COVID-19.

Member letters to MPs
The failure of DIT to sanction the flexibility within the TAP programme is the main reason we now need companies to write to their MPs and explain the situation and its urgency. Contact for a template for EIA members to revise, to reflect their own businesses situation with regard to attending overseas exhibitions, and the effect that this initiative has in attracting overseas sales for their company. The more letters conveying companies own experiences, the more difficult for Government to send standard replies.

Autumn Lobbying
Export Partners UK are also lobbying through Parliamentary Questions, ideally placed when MPs return for a short window in September before the conference season. ___________________________________________________________________


As the COVID-19 crisis has hit most areas of the UK economy including manufacturing, it has also resulted in lots of discussions about the value of reshoring the manufacture of critical components back to the UK, which, if it transpires could potentially result in a boost to the industry. A poll by The Engineer reported that 59% of respondents thought the crisis should trigger a UK wide reshoring.

The EIAare one of 24 engineering trade associations including GTMA, BTMA, who are involved in Reshoring UK - an initiative designed to connect OEMs and Tier 1 companies with local suppliers to fill gaps in their supply chains. EIA members are included in the Reshoring website which encourages UK companies to look more closely on the products and services available in the UK.


Talent Retention Solutions (TRS) is currently supporting people leaving Rolls-Royce through redundancy, and its online resource is available to SMEs free of charge. It was originally set up almost ten years ago, initially to support people leaving the defence industry through redundancy. It then widened its work to support the broader engineering science and technology sectors. TRS has retained support and re-investment from very large employers over the last nine years, even when the need for redeployment was not high.

In response to the problems created by the COVID-19 outbreak, TRS is currently supporting people leaving Rolls-Royce (800 people were on the system as at June 29th) and more are being added each day. Other sectors allied to engineering and manufacturing are in advanced discussion to help support the redeployment of their people. Many companies are still looking to recruit - although we have to be honest in managing overall expectations.
What TRS means for employers:

  • If a business of any size needs to consider making redundancies – people can be redeployed using the system Free of Charge.
  • SMEs – Looking to recruit can use the system free of charge.
  • Large companies – Looking to recruit pay a one off small annual fee for wider access to the TRS platform.
  • Free access for people ‘at risk’ of redundancy, this includes people who may have already been made redundant.

Access to the system for companies and people is at upon registration of interest, which applies to companies only - there is a brief moderation process which will take just a few minutes.


The Government has announced the UK’s new MFN (most favoured nation) tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.  Use the UK Global Tariff Toolto check the tariffs that will apply to goods UK businesses import from this date. ___________________________________________________________________



The EIA and MTA have received confirmation of the grant funded exhibitions for their programme of events for the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) for 2020 – 2021. Please see attached list. Whilst we are hoping that some of these events will take place, they may be rescheduled or even cancelled until next year because of the Coronavirus and travel restrictions.

In order to assist UK companies with their exports, we would therefore be pleased to discuss your participation at the events through agents/distributors if the shows go ahead. DIT are also looking at the scope of virtual shows and entries on exhibition websites and have piloted some events as new approaches to overseas promotion. 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.


The following trade shows have been sponsored by the Department for International Trade under the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) with grants of up to £2,500 in some countries.

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

Middle East’s Premier Show for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Industry
11 - 14 January 2021
Sharjah, UAE

27 - 28 January 2021

International Hardware Fair
21 - 24 February 2021
Cologne, Germany

International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition
9 - 12 March 2021
Hannover, Germany

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

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

July 2021
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

International Defence Industry Exhibition
September 2021
Kielce, Poland

November 2021
Bangkok, Thailand

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

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

Festival of Manufacturing Excellence
Virtual Event
7 – 8 October 2020

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

25 – 28 January 2021
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
25– 27 January 2021
NEC, Birmingham
25– 28 January 2021
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 Business Growth

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

Institute of Export & International Trade
The EIA have partnered with the Institute of Export who are the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

The EIA are now able to offer its members’ access to the IOE’s Helpline, for all export related enquiries, and a reduction on the price of IOE’s training and educational programmes.

A calendar of all events, including training and partner events, can be found here.  For further information, please see our 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 Limited Great Moor House, 2 Fence Street, Great Moor, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7HP

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

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

For further information contact: Nicholas Murphy on
Tel: 020 3892 6017 or click here.

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. 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.

SHEP (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.

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.

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