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We are not out of the woods yet

Having hopefully survived the pandemic, many people are talking about a return to the “new normal”. Unfortunately, in terms of businesses, the new normal is a very scary place, writes the Managing Director of CBM Member, Cleveland Fasteners Ltd. Read on for Steve Hardeman’s thought-provoking and extensive insight into what is facing UK businesses……………. It […]


UK manufacturing input and selling prices rise at record rates

The final IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® dipped slightly to 63.9 in June, down from May’s record high of 65.6. Nevertheless, the UK Manufacturing PMI has recorded growth for 13 successive months.  Manufacturing remained in a strong growth phase in June, with rates of expansion in output, new orders and employment among the best seen during […]


SHEP survey confirms huge increase in awareness of hazardous airborne particulate

SHEP survey confirms huge increase in awareness of hazardous airborne particulate, 16th June 2021: In a survey carried out by the Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP), 84% of respondents stated that the Covid pandemic has made them more aware of how virus, bacteria and other particles are transmitted through the air, and 70% advised […]


CBM urges government rethink on Trade Credit Reinsurance

A trade body is urging the government to rethink their stance on the Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme or face damaging the industrial recovery. The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) has been lobbying Whitehall to extend the support until the end of the year to help companies fighting back from Covid, but still at the mercy […]


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 […]

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