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Public-sector procurement from 1 January 2021

If you access the public procurement system then please be aware that as of 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices. Public Procurement notices will nee to be published through Find a Tender. This will replace the requirement to publish […]


UK Manufacturing decline eases slightly in May

The IHS Markit / CIPS Flash UK Manufacturing PMI® for May read 40.6, up from April’s survey record low of 32.6 but still substantially in the contraction zone. Production volumes dropped sharply in May (the production index read 34.9) and the overall pace of decline was the second-fastest since February 2009. Around 54% of manufacturing […]


CBM welcomes Trade Credit Insurance intervention

Trade Credit Insurance intervention could save more manufacturing jobs than furlough scheme. The UK’s leading trade body for manufacturers of fasteners, forgings, pressings, cold-rolled and sheet metal products has resoundingly welcomed the Government’s decision to guarantee Trade Credit Insurance, a decision it believes could potentially save more manufacturing jobs than the furlough scheme. Geraldine Bolton, […]


New Safe Working Document

The Government has produced a new guidance document to help ease the process of businesses continuing to work during the COVID-19 crisis.  The guide entitled Working Safely during Coronavirus covers a range of different types of work, please see the following link to access: New Safe Working Document


CBM Response to the Furlough Scheme

The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) is delighted that the Chancellor has once again listened to what industry needs and announced that the furlough scheme will continue in its current form for another month, until the end of July. It will be welcomed by all of our 200-strong members, who, in a recent survey, had feared they would have to make […]


Latest News from CBM

Thousands of manufacturing jobs could be saved if furlough scheme is extended predicts CBM Extending the furlough scheme and giving companies more flexibility could save thousands of manufacturing jobs it was revealed today. The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) made the plea to Government after a survey of its 200-strong membership base raised concerns about […]


Eurozone manufacturing contracts at record pace

The final IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® for April confirmed that Eurozone manufacturing experienced a major further deterioration in operating conditions. Output, new orders, export sales, and purchasing activity all fell at record rates, whilst supply side constraints intensified to an unprecedented extent. Confidence about the future sank to a fresh series low. The by-country […]


April UK manufacturing PMI at record low

The IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® for April plunged further into contraction with a reading of 32.6, compared with 47.8 in March. Output, new orders, employment and new export business, all hit survey-record contractions, as the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic impacted manufacturing businesses. The headline PMI® contraction was moderated somewhat by the methodology of […]


CBM – Medical Face Mask Donation

CBM are pleased to share , that our Partners in China representing ICOSPA, have made a generous contribution of 2000 face masks to CBM and other trade associations to support us in this Covid-19 epidemic. CBM are delighted to have been able to donate the masks to local care homes and hospices who are in […]

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