Keeping up-to-date with all things metal


Time is running out for businesses to prepare

The government urges business leaders to step up preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January and launches ‘time is running out’ campaign. Business leaders will be urged not to get caught out by new rules at the end of the transition period by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (CDL) Michael […]


Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021

HMRC letters to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021. Details These letters have been sent to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU, or the EU and the rest of the world. […]


UK manufacturing recovery continues in September

September’s seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® fell slightly to 54.1, down from a two-and-half record reading in August of 55.2. The PMI has remained in the growth zone (above 50.0) for four successive months. Output increased as new work intakes grew from both domestic and export markets. Output increased for the fourth consecutive month […]


September UK car registrations remain weak

The SMMT reports that 328,041 new cars were registered in September, the weakest volume since the dual number plate system was introduced in 1999. Registrations were down 4.4% lower than September 2019 and some 15% down on the ten year September average. 2020 nine-month registrations totalled 1.24 million, reflecting a 615,000 unit year to date […]


National Metalforming Centre shows Covid Safety measures

The National Metalforming Centre is open for events and has just released a new video demonstrating how it has worked hard to introduce Covid safety measures. Watch the video here To arrange your event or meeting contact the NMC team at or call 0121 601 6350


UK automotive launches Safe Harbour Scheme

The SMMT has launched a Safe Harbour Scheme to prevent insolvencies and save jobs across the auto sector as it grapples with devastating effects of the coronavirus crisis. The industry initiative allows multiple companies to come together support critical suppliers without falling foul of anti-competition rules. The Scheme aims to help preserve UK’s automotive manufacturing […]


August car output down -44%

The SMMT reports UK car production declined -44.6% in August with 51,039 units produced. The decline contrasts a buoyant August 2019, when some plants worked through the normal shutdown period, having paused in April amidst concerns over a potential ‘no deal’ in March. The SMMT says the ongoing coronavirus crisis is stalling efforts to ramp up output with […]


New Covid-19 support measures will save thousands of jobs in the metalforming sector

Thousands of jobs in the metalforming sector will be saved thanks to the latest measures of Coronavirus support announced by the Chancellor yesterday according to the trade body for the sector. The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM), who represent over 200 companies involved in the manufacture of fasteners, forgings, pressings, cold-rolled and sheet metal products, […]


About the NHS Test & Trace App

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact […]

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