15 February


15 February

UKTI Olympic Advanced Engineering
Promote your products on a global stage
The London 2012 Olympic Games provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Great Britain has to offer.  UK Trade & Investment has been tasked with delivering an exciting business summit for Advanced Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive at Lancaster House in London on Friday 10 August.  In addition, UKTI will host a showcase of innovative UK products to be displayed to an audience of global business leaders.  Click here for details Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your product on the world stage.  For a copy of the UKTI press notice announcing the Business Summit programme, visit ukti.gov.uk.

Manufacturing Advisory Service
Business Minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) recently announced the launch of a new national programme which will focus on helping small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow.  The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England.  It will be delivered by the MAC, which is comprised of Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd.  It has been estimated that the new MAS will help to generate £1.5 billion in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.  Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme should call an advisor on 0845 658 9600 or visit www.mymas.org.

High Value Opportunities (HVO)
The High Value Opportunities programme is a new approach to identifying, prioritising and supporting businesses to access large scale overseas procurement opportunities.  Through its global network UKTI is able to provide UK businesses with an intensive level of support to access these opportunities which are worth billions and range from major infrastructure, manufacturing and engineering, through to big supply or value chain opportunities.  www.ukti.gov.uk/export/howwehelp/item/219720.html

Design Council - Designing Demand Programme
Designing Demand is the Design Council’s mentoring service for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.  It helps businesses with an appetite for growth discover how to become more innovative, more competitive and more profitable.  Management teams are led through a practical-based process that helps them to understand how design, used well, can be a strategic and effective tool to boost performance, open new markets, cut costs and reduce risk. 
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Skills, Employment and Growth 2012 – Driving the UK Economy
Thursday 1 March 2012, at the QEII Conference Centre.
With growth a priority, the Government has placed precedence on delivering skills and ensuring a trained workforce is in place, in order to ensure business can flourish.  Linking education to the skills the labour market requires, and helping facilitate partnership working between entrepreneurs, SMEs, industry, higher education and Government are at the forefront of plans.  StartUp 2012 and Business in You have recently been launched to help facilitate this partnership.  Now in its third year, and at the forefront of the current skills agenda, this year's summit will bring together leaders and practitioners from across industry, academia, and government to discuss and debate the recent and continued investment in skills and training.  This timely event comes at a key time as the Government is continuing to show its commitment to promote the UK's growth and competitiveness.  For further information contact Andrew Leggott, Project Manager at GovNet Communications – E-mail: andrew.leggott@govnet.co.uk – Tel: 0161 211 3030.

Championing British Manufacturing
Launched in November 2011 by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk, Make it in Great Britain is a campaign aiming to transform the image of modern UK manufacturing and to raise awareness of its importance for the economy.  Starting with the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, a national competition to find the most promising and cutting-edge pre-market products or processes, it will culminate in an exhibition which celebrates the best of British manufacturing, held at the Science Museum during the Olympic and Paralympic Games time.  The exhibition will highlight the successes of the manufacturing sector, show the true face of British manufacturing and encourage young people to consider a career in the industry.  http://makeitingreatbritain.bis.gov.uk/

BIS Environmental Regulations Regional Roadshows 2012
The main objective of the BIS Environmental Regulations Regional Roadshows is to raise awareness and provide information and advice about the changes and developments in European legislation (specifically the RoSH Recast, the WEEE Recast and the Batteries directive).  www.bis.gov.uk/roadshows

Eco-design Directive: Construction Equipment Industry and Agricultural Machinery Sector Welcome the Ranking
The study on new products to be included in the next working plan of the Eco-design Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC) has been finalised by the consultancy VHK. CECE and CEMA, the Construction equipment and agricultural machinery industries are pleased with the results of the study.  Click here to read the press release .

The Committee for European Construction Equipment is the voice of the European construction equipment industry.  CECE represents and promotes the interests of the sector – and liaises with other major construction equipment associations worldwide.  www.cece.eu

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Bell Equipment UK: Announces Purchase of Wheeled Loader by C A Blackwell
Civil engineering giant C A Blackwell has purchased its first Bell wheeled loader to fulfil an earthmoving contract for Aggregate Industries.  The Essex-based company has put a Bell L2106E loader to work in Tucklesholme Quarry, close to Bell’s UK headquarters on the Staffordshire-Derbyshire border.  Blackwell has been one of Bell’s biggest customers for the past 11 years and exclusively uses Bell for its 42-strong fleet of articulated dump trucks.  But this is the first time that it has purchased a Bell wheeled loader.  The move follows successful demonstrations by Blackwell of Bell’s L1806E and L2106E loaders on the Clyde Wind Farm project and at Tucklesholme, respectively.  www.bellequipment.co.uk

JCB: Wins 600 Machine Order
UK hirer Fork Rent is continuing its programme of major expansion in 2012 with an order for 600 JCB Loadall telescopic handlers.  The major investment by one of the UK’s largest privately owned plant hire companies comes hard on the heels of its purchase of in excess of 1,000 JCB telehandlers over the past two years - bringing the Ipswich based firm’s tally of JCB machine purchases past the 4,000 milestone figure.  The company, owned by Guy and Trudi Nicholls, buys its machines from JCB dealer Watling JCB and invests in the full range of JCB telescopic handlers from the 515-40 through to the 515-170.  www.jcb.com

Tata Steel: Retains Silver Status with Caterpillar
Tata Steel has for the second consecutive year achieved Silver certification for trackshoe supply within Caterpillar’s prestigious Supplier Quality Excellence Programme (SQEP).  The steel company, which began its journey on SQEP in 2007, was initially certified to Bronze level after just 12 months and since then has gradually improved its performance to where it is today.  Peter Gate, Global Account Manager for Caterpillar at Tata Steel, said, “We are delighted with our Silver recertification and it demonstrates Tata Steel’s commitment to working closely with our clients to achieve the best possible results.  We will most definitely be targeting Gold certification in the near future and will continue to build on our existing supply chain successes.  Gaining certification means that Tata Steel has met prescribed criteria on quality and delivery performance as well as demonstrating ability to continuously improve processes”.  www.tatasteeleurope.com / www.tatasteelliftingandexcavating.com

TriMark Europe: Visit from Paul Burstow MP
Keith Dolbear, Managing Director of TriMark Europe Ltd, welcomed Paul Burstow MP for Sutton and Cheam, Minister of State for Care Services, for a return visit to the facility at Sutton at the end of January 2012.  Paul was accompanied by Michael Cumper and Maurice O’Connell from Kimpton Industrial Park Proprietors Association (KIPPA).  Keith took the opportunity to show Paul the various improvements on the site, since his last visit around three years ago.  Mr Burstow was keen to learn more about the growth opportunities for TriMark.  www.trimarkeu.com

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