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Birmingham Post – Feature Article

Including comments from CBM President Steve Morley on the Manufacturing Sector Remote learning, hybrid working and hitting the bars – Birmingham business leaders make predictions for the year ahead


Budget 2021 sets path for recovery

The Chancellor has set out a £65 billion three-point plan to provide support for jobs and businesses as we emerge from the pandemic and forge a path to recovery. Please see full details within the following link: Budget 2021 sets path for recovery – GOV.UK (


Lockdown bulletin | Furlough extended as some schools reopen

Here’s what we know so far about the latest changes: For periods from the 1st of May 2021 onwards, you will be able to claim furlough funding for any eligible employees who were employed by you and on your PAYE payroll on the 2nd of March 2021. This means you must have made a PAYE […]


Business Interruption Insurance

The Financial Conduct Authority has just issued finalised guidance on the Business Interruption Insurance test case, which looks specifically at types of evidence and methodology for policyholders to use to prove the presence of the coronavirus in a particular area around their premises.  Please see further details within the following link: Business Interruption Insurance


New plans to ease lockdown in England

PM’s roadmap out of England’s lockdown revealed On 22 February 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the four steps that will allow England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions to be lifted. We explore what employers should know below: Johnson has announced a roadmap out of lockdown, in place since 5 January 2021, by way of four steps […]


Brexit support – Limited spaces available for Aston Programme

West Midlands’ Growth Hubs have joined forces to establish a single point of information about the help available from the hubs and other local business organisations regarding Brexit. Please see a link to their latest newsletter with information and support available for local buisnessess. Aston Centre for Growth Newsletter


Close to half manufacturers expect improvement in 2021

The 2021 Make UK/PwC Executive survey (conducted in November 2020) shows 48% of respondents expected significant or moderate improvement for manufacturing in 2021. 51% saw opportunities outweighing the risks for their businesses, given significant investments in boosting productivity and agility. However, fears over the impact of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU and […]


Eurozone manufacturing accelerates in December

The final IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® for December read 55.2, up from November’s 53.8. There were stronger increases in output and new orders, but supply side shortages led to delivery delays and price increases.  Investment goods producers recorded the strongest improvement, followed by intermediate goods, also registering marked growth. Operating conditions for consumer goods manufacturers […]


UK Manufacturing PMI strengthens in December

The December IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI® reading was the highest in more than three years. However, this mainly reflected a temporary boost from last-minute preparations before the end of the Brexit transition period, as customers, especially in the EU, brought forward purchases – raising concerns of a correction early in 2021. Near record increases in input […]

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