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Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

In England, there will be a lockdown from Thursday 5 November 2020 requiring the closure of some businesses, including all non-essential retail and hospitality The Job Support Scheme, which was meant to start yesterday, will be postponed The Job Retention Scheme, which was meant to close on Saturday, will now be extended until December which means employees […]


Call for Digital Skills Task Force

A new Make UK/Sage analysis concludes that a digital skills account to provide employees with access to life-long learning is needed alongside a National Skills Taskforce to develop a digital skills programme. British manufacturing companies moved at speed  towards digitalisation when the pandemic struck, with nearly half switching to digital working practices within two weeks of […]


Latest Make UK Manufacturing Monitor

Make UK’s October edition of its Manufacturing Monitor updates key statistics from previous editions. The latest survey includes information on manufacturers’ furlough activities, redundancies, sales & orders, operating levels, and future expectations. Additionally, the survey has recorded initial views on the Government’s incoming Job Support Scheme. The number of manufacturers that have furloughed staff has […]


CBM supports call for UK and EU to secure deal

The CBM has added its weight to a call from Britain’s manufacturers and their European industry counterparts, urging the UK Government and European Commission to return to the negotiating table and find the way through to a deal. “While UK manufacturing is slowly recovering from the ongoing COVID crisis, essential to that recovery is the […]


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

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