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UK to strengthen modern slavery act in 2021

The UK Government has announced it plans “New tough measures to tackle modern slavery in supply chains” for 2021 strengthening the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The government says it is committed to harnessing the spending power of the UK’s public sector, accounting for around £250 billion of spend, to ensure responsible practises in supply chains […]


EU car registrations plunge in August

The European Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reports EU passenger car registrations falling sharply in August, down -18.9% year on year, compared with -5.7% in July. In August all countries in the EU, with the exception of Cyprus, saw registrations decline compared with August 2019. With a marginal decline of -0.4% Italy performed best compared with strong […]


Meet Derek Barnes – New CBM Fastener Specialist

CBM is very pleased to announce that, from 1st September, Derek Barnes has been appointed as its new Fastener Specialist, taking over from Phil Matten who is switching to a policy advisory role for the CBM. The first and perhaps most important thing to say about Derek Barnes is that he is truly passionate about […]


Forging & Fastener Sectors zoom into key issues

The CBM Forging and Fastener Sectors are back into the swing of their fortnightly sector meetings on Zoom. The meetings are hosted by Forging Specialist, Derek Bond, and newly appointed CBM Fastener Specialist, Derek Barnes. Phil Matten provides a round up of regulatory and policy developments, and CBM President, Steve Morley, and Chief Executive, Geraldine […]


High Court rules on Business Interruption Insurance Test Case

The High Court has today handed down its judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)’s business interruption insurance test case. The Court found in favour of the arguments advanced for policyholders by the FCA on the majority of the key issues.  Christopher Woolard, Interim Chief Executive of the FCA, commented: ‘We brought the test case in […]


UK manufacturing output rises in August

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI® registered a third consecutive month of growth readings. August’s headline reading of 55.2, substantially improved on July’s 53.3 reflecting strengthened UK manufacturing output and the fastest increase in new orders since late 2017.  Manufacturing production rose at the fastest pace since May 2014, reflecting solid expansions across the consumer, intermediate and […]


New CBILS lenders approved

The British Business Bank has accredited four new lenders to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The British Business Bank has announced that it has approved BLG Development Finance, Conister, RM Funds and Western Union Business Solutions for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). These new CBILS lenders will be able to […]


Newly Published, Government Guide – How to take on an Apprentice

The following guide explains what an employer needs to do and the things they need to consider if they want to employ an apprentice. Please see here for the full details – How to take on an apprentice


HSE urges businesses to be Covid-secure

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure. The HSE says its inspectors are out and about, putting employers on the spot and checking that they are complying with health and safety law. Being COVID-secure means being adaptable to the current guidance and putting measures […]

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