The Voice of SME's in Engineering

EIA NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2013

CONTENT:
OBITUARY – Lady Sue Halstead
NORTHERN MANUFACTURING – 2/3 October 2013
EIA NATIONAL AGM
LOBBYING ON BEHALF OF EIA MEMBERS
The Genesis Initiative
EIA invited to join Ministerial Round Table
Jobcentre Plus locates staff and assists on Incentives
COMPETEFOR
RESEARCH INTO THE CURRENT NEEDS OF THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AND POWER INDUSTRIES
FIRST BRITISH BUSINESS CENTRE IN INDIA OPENS IN GURGON (NEAR DELHI)
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARDS
20% DISCOUNT ON FLIGHTS TO CHENGDU, HONG KONG, BEIJING AND SHANGHAI WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS
TRADE MISSION TO CERN (EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH)
OBTAINING FINANCE FOR INVESTMENT
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
Venture Capital Trust Scheme (VCT)
Business Angel Co-Investment Fund
Enterprise Capital Funds (ECRs)
UK Innovation Investment Scheme (UKIIF)
INSTITUTE OF EXPORT
MEMBERS NEWS
The Private Health Partnership - Jump The Queue... To Faster Diagnosis
Bowers Metrology Precision Measurement Open Day – 23/24 October 2013
Calberto Ltd celebrate 30 years
Mintronics Limited exhibition and event day - 18 October 2013
TRADE LEADS
GRANTS
Available Grants
EIA WEBSITE
EIA EEZIBUY
EMPLOYMENT LAW and HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
Employment Law
Health & Safety Matters
LEGISLATION
EVENTS LIST
UK Events
UK Exhibitions
Overseas Missions
Overseas Exhibitions & Programme
NEW MEMBERS
TransGlobal Payment Solutions Ltd
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OBITUARY

Lady Sue Halstead (1937 – 2013)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lady Sue Halstead. 

Sue will be greatly missed and the EIA’s directors and staff extend their heartfelt sympathy to Sir Ronald and his family.
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NORTHERN MANUFACTURING & ELECTRONICS EXHIBITION
2 – 3 October 2013
EVENT CITY, MANCHESTER (NEXT TO THE TRAFFORD CENTRE) 

The EIA will be exhibiting at the show on stand no E14 and look forward to seeing you. Pre-register for a free entry badge, preview and catalogue on www.industrynorth.co.uk
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EIA NATIONAL AGM
Friday 28 June 2013

The EIA National AGM took place on Friday 28 June 2013 at 63 Bayswater Road,London W2 3PH and was followed by lunch at the House of Commons and a full tour of the House.

David Wiggins retired from and Andy Sandford joined the EIA Board on 12 December 2012.

The Board now consisted of Sir Ronald Halstead (President), Karen Finegold (Executive Director), Richard Curtis (Company Secretary), Peter Thornhill (North West Chairman), Brian Rex (Yorkshire Chairman), Mac Ghadially (Southern Chairman) and Andy Sandford.

Sir Ronald reported on the EIA’s lobbying activities for the benefit of members which included finance and banking, support for export, payment of invoices and regulation. He had met with; Bank of England, BBA, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Trade and Investment, David Gauke (HM Treasury), Michael Gove (Education & Training), Michael Fallon (Industry No 2 to Vince Cable), Eric Pickles (Local Government & LEP), Lord Green (Trade Minister), Crispin Simon (Managing Director UKTI) and Jeremy Hunt (NHS/Health).

Karen Finegold reported on her role within the EIA which was to: promote the association, produce revenue, be the point of contact for the various regions, networking and to assist SRH with the running of the association.

The EIA was promoting the association through its improved website, newsletters, Buyers Guide, Linked In, UK trade shows and through press releases with the assistance of Andy Sandford of Sticklebacks Communications Ltd and our association with Machinery Market and Engineering Capacity.

Apart from the income from membership subscriptions, the EIA’s main revenue stream has been from overseas trade shows. As a result of the lobbying to Government, this had enabled the association to support 10 shows for 2013 and will assist approximately 92 UK SME engineering companies to promote their products.

Sir Ronald and Karen were speaking with the Instituteof Export to enable the EIA to offer their members access to their helpline and discounts for their training courses in export, import and international trade.

Karen formally thanked Tameside College and Leeds City College for hosting the EIA’s regional meetings. Meetings are scheduled to take place every quarter before Board Meetings so that member’s views can be included. EIA members who would like to attend should contact Karen.

A discussion took place with regard to Banks, business, export and employment through the forces.

The full minutes of the EIA 2013 AGM can be obtained from Head Office.

Attendees then proceeded to the House of Commons where they had lunch.

Christian Bunke the founder and Managing Director of Basck an Intellectual Property company supporting SMEs and fast growing Technology Companies gave a talk on ‘The Changing World of Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks, Patents, Designs and Copy Right)’. Although the UK is one of the most innovative countries in the world not only is it falling behind its European contemporaries Germany and France, but also Holland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Israel. The USA is still the dominant market for patent application filings but there has been a clear shift in recent years to more patent application filings coming out of Asia. China has become the largest patent office, handing 526,412 patent filings compared to USA handling 503,582. For further information with assistance on trade marks, patents, designs and copyright please see their website: www.basck.com or contact Christian on Christian@basck.com
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LOBBYING ON BEHALF OF EIA MEMBERS

THE GENESIS INITIATIVE

The meeting of the Genesis Initiative took place on Wednesday 19 June 2013 in the Palace of Westminster.

The breakfast meeting was addressed by Rt. Hon. Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and was Sponsored by The Leisure Corporation — Cllr Bob Paton.

The Chairman raised the subject of the demise of NORMAPME, the EU trade representative organisation for standards operated by SMEs. It was agreed that there was a need for it to be revived in some form, because it was the responsibility of the EU to have standards for SMEs. It could be that UEAPME (European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) would run NORMAPME.

A discussion followed on the late payment legislation and on cash flow generally. Speed of payment varied considerably across the EU, with payments in the southern heavily indebted countries taking far longer than in northern countries, especially Scandinavia, where prompt payment was the cultural norm. Changes in the insolvency rules now meant that Northern Ireland was likely to become the destination of choice for bankruptcy ‘tourism’, because subsequent rehabilitation rules were much softer.

E-invoicing technology is to be introduced across the EU next year in respect of public sector procurement would make a substantial difference to speed of payment. There were also dynamic discount schemes, whereby big companies were prepared to accelerate settlement, but only in return for large discounts of the amount due. These sorts of arrangements were not covered by the Late Payment Directive.  It was acknowledged that SMEs could be slow payers, and this is often because they are being strangled by larger companies.

There is no evidence that late payment legislation has done anything to improve the situation.

It was agreed that the Funding for Lending Scheme was not working for SMEs and now was an opportune moment to send a letter to Mark Carney, the new Governor of the Bank of England, to introduce Genesis and look forward to meeting him at the next meeting with the Bank.

During his address to the Genesis breakfast prior to the Senate meeting, Michael Fallon said that he was rationalising the various government grant schemes to support business, and would market the top five. Genesis wondered on what evidence the selection of the top five was to be made, and how the government would subsequently know what impact the selected schemes had had. It was something that Genesis should monitor.

Paternity leave provisions were now in force, giving fathers a maximum of six months paid leave and six months unpaid leave, with full protection of employment rights.

UKTI had been given further funding to support businesses trading overseas, that it had relaxed its criteria for awarding grants and that they were available to SMEs.

Baroness Susan Kramer will be the speaker at the Genesis breakfast to be held before the next meeting.
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EIA INVITED TO JOIN MINISTERIAL ROUND TABLE

The EIA has been invited to attend a round table meeting with the Minister of Employment and other major trade associations. The object is to see how we can assist the Department of Work and Pensions and employers to support the unemployed into work and help employers address their recruitment needs. There will be an opportunity for us to question the Minister on any pertinent issues and therefore we would ask you to advise us whether there is anything that you would like us to discuss. Please let Karen Finegold know by the end of October.
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JOBCENTRE PLUS LOCATES STAFF AND ASSISTS ON INCENTIVES

Jobcentre Plus (Part of the Department of Work and Pensions) offers an extensive range of services to help reduce your recruitment costs and grow your business. Their services are free and put you in control.

You can use their service to advertise your jobs to millions of jobseekers who search Universal Jobmatch every week and you could also get recruitment advice, including specialist support if you run a small business. For more information about their services and the incentives available to employers see their website: https://www.gov.uk/advertise-job.
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COMPETEFOR

Competefor is a free service that enables business to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations.  Following its successful use by the London 2012 Games, Competefor continues to be used in the supply chain public sector buying organisations such as Crossrail, as part of their procurement process. Competefor acts as a national supply chain development service, matching buyers with potential suppliers. The types of business opportunities available range across all sectors of the economy and business opportunities of all values are advertised have also been posted on the Supply4London website by London local authorities.

Companies should register on www.competefor.com. Their helpdesk is 0845 217 7804.

For more opportunity alerts also register on www.supplycontracts.co.uk which is a national SME engagement programme for other public sector contract opportunities.
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RESEARCH INTO THE CURRENT NEEDS OF THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AND POWER INDUSTRIES

The International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby are carrying out research into the current and future skills needs of the Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Power industries. They would value a few moments of your time in completing a survey in order to inform their research. There are a small number of questions and of multiple choice options so time commitment is minimal. We hold all information in confidence and report results in aggregate in a manner in which ensures individuals can not be identified.  In order to access the survey, simply click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser bar.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RS9XQFX

If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact Moira Sutton (Principal Researcher) on 0797 341 9964 or by email at M.Sutton@derby.ac.uk
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FIRST BRITISH BUSINESS CENTRE IN INDIA OPENS IN GURGON (NEAR DELHI)

Last autumn the Prime Minister said that he had asked Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to work with British Business at home and overseas to increase the quantity and quality of business support services, particularly to smaller companies seeking to establish themselves abroad.

Earlier this year, Lord Green announced Government support for business-led network, inIndia, to be spear headed by the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC) with support from India-based British Business Groups (BBG).

The first British Business Centre in a big emerging market: India will open in Gurgaon (near Delhi) on 19 September 2013. It will be opened by a minister from the UK, along with a senior Indian minister and senior business leaders. The EIA has been invited to attend the opening and we will report in the next newsletter.

The aim of the new centre is to provide a range of support services for UK business, which includes market research and advice on the Indian market, training and mentoring services, incubation facilities, individual and delegation market visits.

The centre will also provide facilities such as hot desks and meeting rooms, and host sector specific policy groups for members, networking and other events to enable UK business to build their knowledge and networks that will help them succeed in India. These services will be complemented by support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in the UK and across India.

The launch will also be used as an opportunity to tell Indian companies about the world-beating capabilities of UK firms - a strong message that Britain is GREAT.

UKIBC are looking for examples from UK companies on getting business in India. Please send these to ishara.callan@ukibc.com<mailto:ishara.callan@ukibc.com so that they can use them as successful case studies.

Following this launch in Delhi, the British Business Groups in India are holding their third annual National Convention on 20th-22nd September 2013 in Mumbai. The theme this year is "Putting the Special back into the Indo British Partnership." The conference will discuss how to develop Indo British business relations. If you would be interested in attending this event, please find details on http://bbgnationalmeet2013.in/
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARDS

The International Trade Awards are a celebration of UK businesses who are currently engaged in overseas trade. Now entering its sixth year, this is the only UK-wide business awards to exclusively recognise the excellence achieved by the UK's leading exporters and importers.

Any business based within the UK engaged in export, import, outward or inward investment, regardless of industry sector, and that meet the eligibility criteria can enter the 2013 International Trade Awards. Businesses are invited to enter one of ten awards and the finalists will be invited to attend the UK final, held at a prestigious London venue in November 2013.

www.internationaltradeawards.co.uk
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20% DISCOUNT ON FLIGHTS TO CHENGDU, HONG KONG, BEIJING AND SHANGHAI WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS

British Airways is committed to helping UK companies thrive and win new business overseas. So to celebrate the launch of their new service to Chengdu, they are offering UKTI clients a fantastic 20% saving in World Traveller to Chengdu, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai with British Airways.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, simply ensure your company is a member of theirr On Business loyalty programme and book your flights between 1 May 2013 and 31 March 2014 for travel between 1 October 2013 and 31 March 2014. What’s more, you can also choose to fly from your UK regional airport, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast.

If your company is not an On Business member you can join by visiting ba.com/onbusiness then email Jo Doyle at BAChengduChinaflightoffer@ukti.gsi.gov.uk including your On Business membership number, company name, number of people travelling and your email address and your voucher code will be emailed to you.
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TRADE MISSION TO CERN (EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH)

UKTI in collaboration with the Science & Technology Facilities Council STFC are organising a UK industry visit to CERN on 7-8 November 2013. This event will take a select group of companies to CERN to see first-hand the types of research and industrial opportunities available. UKTI will arrange meetings at CERN with potential buyers so it is well worth attending.

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe.

Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 20 member states

If you are interested in attending, please reply to: Eleanor Baha, British Embassy, UKTI- Geneva, Email: eleanor.baha@fco.gov.uk, Tel: +41 22 981 24 21
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OBTAINING FINANCE FOR INVESTMENT

Equity finance enables the raising of share capital from external investors in return for handing over a share of the business. The main providers of equity finance for SMEs are venture capitalists (VCs), business angels and for start-ups, friends and family.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
What is it? SEIS was set up in April 2012 and is designed to help small, early-stage companies to raise equity finance.
How does it work? The SEIS offers a range of tax reliefs to encourage individual investors to purchase new shares in qualifying companies. Shares must be held for at least three years and income tax relief is available at 50% of the cost of the shares, up to a maximum annual investment of £100,000. For 2012–13 only, there is an exemption from capital gains tax where gains on the disposal of an asset are reinvested in shares qualifying for SEIS income tax relief. Any gain on disposal of SEIS shares will be exempt from capital gains tax.

The scheme will apply to individuals investing in small companies of less than 25 employees with assets of fewer than £200,000. Companies can receive a maximum of £150,000 under SEIS.

Companies can raise a maximum of £5 million in any 12-month period from the government’s three venture capital schemes – SEIS, EIS and VCTs.

Who administers the scheme? HMRC is responsible for the tax relief elements of the scheme.
Where do I find out more? http://www.seiswindow.org.uk/ http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/seedeis/index.htm
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Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
What is it? EIS is designed to help small higher risk trading companies raise finance by offering a range of tax reliefs to investors who purchase new shares in those companies.
How does it work? EIS encourages potential investors through tax incentives:

Investors can invest up to £1 million in qualifying shares and receive 30% of the cost of the investment as a relief against income tax.

Capital gains tax liability on disposal of an existing asset can be deferred if reinvested in EIS shares within a certain period.

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Provided income tax relief is given and the shares are held for a qualifying period, any profit on the sale of the shares will be exempt from capital gains tax.

Providing that income tax relief has been given and has not been withdrawn, losses arising on a disposal of the shares may be set against income tax as an alternative to being relieved against capital gains tax.

The scheme will apply to individuals investing in companies of less than 250 employees with assets of fewer than £15 million.

Companies can raise a maximum of £5 million in any 12-month period from the government’s three venture capital schemes – SEIS, EIS and VCTs.

Who administers the scheme? HMRC is responsible for the tax relief elements of the scheme.
Where do I find out more? http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/eis/index.htm
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Venture Capital Trust Scheme (VCT)
What is it? VCT scheme encourages individuals to invest in small, unlisted higher-risk trading companies indirectly through the acquisition of shares in a VCT. VCTs are similar to investment trusts and must have HMRC approval.
How does it work? VCTs invest their funds into eligible small companies. Eligible companies can receive both debt and equity investment from a VCT. VCTs encourage potential investors through tax incentives:

The maximum investment in VCT shares by any individual in any year is £200,000, which will qualify for relief against income tax at a rate of 30% of the amount invested. Shares must be held for at least five years from the date of their issue by the VCT.

There is an exemption for capital gains tax on disposal of shares in a VCT, and dividends on VCT shares are exempt from income tax.

At the time the VCT invests an eligible company must have less than 250 employees with assets of fewer than £15 million.

Companies can raise a maximum of £5 million in any 12-month period from the government’s three venture capital schemes – SEIS, EIS and VCTs.

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Who administers the scheme? HMRC is responsible for the tax relief elements of the scheme.
Where do I find out more? http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/guidance/vct.htm
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Business Angel Co-Investment Fund
What is it? The £50 million Business Angel Co-Investment Fund aims to support angel investments into high growth potential early stage SMEs, particularly in areas worst affected by public spending cuts.
How does it work? The fund has been created with a grant from the Regional Growth Fund and is able to make initial equity investments of between £100,000 and £1 million in to SMEs alongside syndicates of business angels (subject to geographical restrictions and upper limit of 49% of any investment round). Investment decisions will be made by the independent Investment Committee of the fund based on detailed proposals put forward by business angel syndicates.

Who delivers the scheme? The fund has been designed and established by a consortium of private and public bodies with expertise in business angel investment. It is a private sector body with clear objectives to boost the quality and quantity of business angel investing in England, and to support long-term, high quality jobs in high growth companies.
Where do I find out more? http://www.angelcofund.co.uk/
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Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs)
What are they? For many young innovative firms equity finance is the best option to reach their high growth potential but many struggle to obtain this form of finance. This is often because the relatively high costs of undertaking due diligence in relation to the deal size mean that investors prefer to make larger investments in later stage companies. This results in the 'equity gap' for some early stage companies. ECFs address this market weakness.
How does it work? ECFs use government funding alongside private sector investment to bridge this gap. ECFs are managed by commercial fund managers and the Government’s contribution to any single ECF is capped at £25 million or two-thirds of total fund size. They can invest up to £2 million in an SME. Twelve such funds have been launched since 2006 and more than £160 million has been invested in companies.

Who delivers the scheme? ECFs are administered by a government-appointed fund manager Capital for Enterprise Limited (‘CfEL’).
Where do I find out more? http://www.capitalforenterprise.gov.uk/portfolio 
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UK Innovation Investment Fund (UKIIF)
What is it? UKIIF is a venture capital fund of funds that aims to drive economic growth and create highly skilled jobs by investing in innovative businesses where there are significant growth opportunities. The underlying funds within the UKIIF fund of funds invest in technology based businesses in strategically important sectors to the UK including digital technologies, life sciences, clean technology and advanced manufacturing.
How does it work? UKIIF operates as two funds of funds investing UK government funds with other private investors into selected underlying specialist VC funds in the UK and Europe. The Hermes Environmental Innovation Fund has a value of £130 million, consisting of £50 million UK government and £80 million of private investment and focuses on efficient use of resources and clean technologies for a low carbon economy. The European Investment Fund's UK Future Technologies Fund has a value of £200 million, consisting of £100 million UK government investment and £100 million of European Investment Bank investment, and focuses on life sciences, digital technology and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Who delivers the scheme? UKIIF is administered by a government-appointed fund management company, Capital for Enterprise Limited (‘CfEL’)
Where do I find out more? http://www.capitalforenterprise.gov.uk/portfolio

The next EIA newsletter we will look at Finance to help to win or Guarantee a Contract.
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INSTITUTE OF EXPORT

The EIA have partnered with the Institute of Export who are the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

The EIA are now able to offer its members access to the Institutes Helpline for all export related enquiries, and a reduction on its training and educational programmes. For further information please contact EIA Head Office.
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MEMBERS NEWS

The Private Health Partnership - Jump The Queue... To Faster Diagnosis
Almost 30% of the UK population are very worried about the time taken to get a medical condition diagnosed.* 

Early diagnosis and access to the right support and services can be crucial in the road to recovery. A delay in diagnosis can not only cause unnecessary stress and worry, but may also aggravate symptoms and mean treatment could take longer.

At an already stressful time, being moved from one NHS waiting list to another is exactly what you don’t need. Unfortunately we still hear stories of delays under the NHS, meaning longer treatment and recovery time.

At The Private Health Partnership we are giving you the opportunity to jump the NHS queue, introducing a simple more affordable product that can give you the help and reassurance you need in the initial stages of diagnosis.

Early diagnosis plans allow you to claim more control over your healthcare at a more affordable price than a standard private medical insurance (PMI) policy. These plans are available on a stand-alone basis or as an add-on to existing schemes and give you access to specialist medical consultants and a hospital of your choice.

Avoiding lengthy waiting times for diagnostic consultations and tests means you can get to the bottom of what is wrong with you, as soon as possible. Covering diagnostic tests such as CT, MRI, and PET scans, X-Rays and ECG’s can give you the peace of mind you need during an already stressful time.

When affordability may prevent you buying a traditional PMI product, a simple policy that just helps you find out what is wrong may give you the reassurance you are seeking at a price you can afford.

Early diagnosis plans are available whether you are an individual, family, or business, have a healthcare scheme already in place, or are new to the market. Contact us on 01274 588862 email advice@php.co.uk

The Private Health Partnership is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

*You Gov Research carried out on behalf of First Assist Insurance Services – Feb 2012
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Bowers Metrology Precision Measurement Open Day
23 - 24 October
Camberley, Surrey

The Open Day will be relevant to anyone who is involved in managing, specifying or implementing precision measuring solutions.  Managers, Engineers and Technicians engaged in Manufacturing Operations, Production, Quality and Inspection will find the event of particular interest. There are morning and afternoon sessions.

Book Online: There is no charge to attend these events, but spaces are limited so please register today at http://www.bowersmetrology.info/em/link.php?M=16275158&N=17815&L=11816&F=T

If you have any questions regarding the Open Day, please do not hesitate to contact events@bowers.co.uk
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Calberto Ltd Celebrates 30 Years

Calberto Ltd is a precision engineering company based in Washington producing a wide variety of high quality products from one off prototypes to large batches for customers in domestic and overseas markets.

Established in 1983, the organization has grown over the years with Managing Director Norman Grievson at the helm and this year celebrates 30 years of being in business.

Calberto celebrated this anniversary with suppliers, staff, friends and family at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle Upon Tyneon on Friday 2 August 2013.

The EIA would like to congratulate Calberto on its good news and hope that it will look forward to many more years to come.
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Mintronics Limited

Exhibition and event day has been rescheduled to Friday 18 October 2013 from 9:00 to 18:00 at Kelham Island Museum Sheffield for all Geomagic Design (Alibre) customers and those interested in the technologies of 3D mechanical CAD and how to link with CAM, 3D printing, FEA and document management.

Low cost exhibition space is available.

Visit all day or just for the seminars that are of interest to you, a full list of speakers supplied nearer the time.

For further details either: register at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5328389356#
email: sales@mintronics.co.uk or Tel - 0844 3570378
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TRADE LEADS

EIA members are invited to promote their spare capacity, request assistance with outsourcing or promote machines for sale on our trade leads section of our website. Email your leads to head.office@eia.co.uk
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GRANTS

Information on the latest European grants, UK Government grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business (promoting, improving productivity, buying equipment, employing staff etc) in all UK regions can be found on www.j4bgrants.co.uk
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Available Grants

MCS Corporate has been successful in applying for and securing grant funding for clients in the following categories: 

  • Capital Grants are available in each region of the UK
  • Regional Growth Fund (England)
  • Welsh Economic Growth Fund (Wales)
  • SMART R&D fund
  • R&D Tax Credits

Note
R&D tax credits for SMEs have been increased to 225% of R&D expenditure and if greater than corporate profits the surplus is available as cash back to the company.

In recent years the successful claims for R&D tax credit has increased dramatically. The government have a very positive approach to these tax credits and HMRC have special units to help SMEs to understand and process the claims. 

 

 

£ millions

£ millions

£ millions

 

Number of SME Companies

Deductions from CT liability

Payable Credits

Total

2007 / 08

5990

60

160

220

2011 / 12

9920

170

200

370

For information and help contact MCS Corporate onTel: 01926 512 475
E.mail: info@mcs-net.com            web: www.mcs-corporate.com
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EIA WEBSITE

The EIA website www.eia.co.uk is constantly being update with news, government initiatives and business development so please visit often and use it as a resource.

However, this is not just about us talking to you. We want to hear your thoughts on issues covered, and your suggestions for new topics that should be covered on the website.

Our EIA Linked In site is accessible through the website and we would encourage members to use this to network.
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EIA EEZIBUY

Do not forget the savings that EIA members can make on services and purchases through Eezibuy.  Please access this through the website www.eia.co.uk
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EMPLOYMENT LAW and HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS

Employment Law
If you have queries on any employment legislation, please use the EIA’s FREE Croner advice helpline. Full information was sent to you in your welcome pack.
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Health & Safety Matters

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is the authoritative body in Great Britain for issues relating to health and safety in the workplace. The HSE website provides online search and ordering facilities for their publications and is updated daily. You can order by telephone, fax, email or post. Contact details: HSE, PO Box 199, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel: 01787 881165 or www.hsebooks.co.uk and the Stationary Office can be contacted on 020 7873 0011.
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Additionally, Croner provide Free and Confidential Advice on Health and Safety Risk Assessment to EIA members.
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LEGISLATION

Business Link aims to assist companies start, grow and improve their businesses. It is the Governments primary support service.

Companies should register their businesses on www.businesslink.gov.uk/mybusiness for up-to-date information, support and compliance.
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EVENTS LIST

UK Events

CENEX LVC EXHIBITION
Low Carbon Vehicle Event
4 – 5 September 2013
Millbrook Proving Ground
Bedford
www.cenex-lvc.co.uk

Offshore O & M Forum
1 – 2 October 2013
London
www.windpowermonthly.com/Event/11695/offshore-om-forum

ABMEC
Mining Conference
14 November 2013
www.abmec.org.uk

UKTI are hosting a number of International Low Carbon Vehicle Buyers on their stand at the show. UK companies are invited to book complimentary appointment to discuss sales opportunities with LVC Buyers and UKTI export Specialists. Companies include Changan Automobile Co. China, Chongqing Ruichi Automobile Industry Co.China, Lifan Industry (Group) Co. China, Valeo Air Charging UK, France, NPP Energiya, Russia, PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand.

Plus gain insight about accessing new markets from export specialists in Brazil, India, China, Mexico, France, Germany, Russia and Thailand.

To view full profiles and book your meetings see: http://www.lcv.ukti.gov.uk/content/public/main/Profiles.aspx

Please quote UKTILM3 when booking.
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UK Exhibitions

DSEI DEFENSE AND SECURITY EVENT
10 – 13 September 2013
ExCel, London
www.dsei.co.uk

NORTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS EXHIBITION
2 – 3 October 2013
Event City, Manchester
www.industry.co.uk

ADVANCED ENGINEERING UK GROUP OF EVENTS AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING 2013
AERO ENGINEERING 2013
COMPOSITES ENGINEERING 2013
AUTO ENGINEERING 2013
PRINTABLE ELECTRONICS FOR INDUSTRY 2013
12 - 13 November 2013
NEC, BIRMINGHAM
www.advancedengineeringuk.com

AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
9 – 12 January 2014
www.autosportinternational.com

SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRONICS EXHIBITION
12 – 13 February 2014
Five, Farnborough
www.industry.co.uk

MACH
7 – 11 April 2014
NEC Birmingham
www.machexhibition.com

AIR-TECH EXHIBITION
8 – 10 April 2014
NEC Birmingham
www.airtech-expo.com

DRIVES AND CONTROLS
8 – 10 April 2014
NEC Birmingham
www.ansys.com
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Overseas Missions

MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING FORUM MIEF 2013
21 – 23 November 2013
Moscow, Russia
www.mirexpo.com
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Overseas Exhibitions

FEIMAFE
The EIA together with Intec Export Intelligence lead the UK Group to Feimafe (Machine Tool and Integrated Manufacturing Systems) Trade Fair which was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from the 3 – 8 June 2013.

UK companies who took part where Addison McKee Europe, Electrox Laser, Filtermist International. Holroyd Precision Ltd, Ingenium Ingetration Ltd, Matrix Machine Tool (Coventry) Ltd, Newall Measurement Systems Ltd, Preactor International and Wickman Coventry Ltd.

All companies achieved their objectives and would like to return in 2015.

Whilst we were in market we met another group from Scottish Enterprise International and attended a reception at the Deputy Consul-General’s residence.

This show is always a sell out and it is difficult for UK companies to reserve space. If you are interested in the next show scheduled for 2015, please let us know.

If you would like a contact in Sao Paulo our Advanced Engineering Sector Manager is Erika Azevedo who can be contacted on Erika.azevedo@fco.gov.uk
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Overseas Exhibition Programme

Herewith the list of funded shows that the EIA together with the MTA have received from UKTI for the rest of the UKTI financial year.

There is support of £1,500 for eligible companies at shows in Europe and £2,000 for long haul exhibitions ie: Oman, and £3,000 available for new to show exhibitors in the following emerging markets China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. Companies who have exhibited at shows in these markets in the past can claim £2,500.

INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF MINING, POWER INDUSTRY & METALLURGY
10 – 13 September 2013
KATOWICE, POLAND
www.ptg.info.pl

EMO – THE WORLD OF METALWORKING
16 – 21 September 2013
HANNOVER, GERMANY
www.emo-hannover.de

INFRA OMAN
International Exhibition for Infrastructure and Industrial Projects
30 September – 2 October 2013
MUSCAT, OMAN
www.alnimrexpo.com/infraoman/

MSV
International Engineering Exhibition
Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial Machinery
7 – 11 October 2013
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC
www.bvv.cz/en/msv

METALEX
20 – 23 November 2013
BANGKOK, THAILAND
www.metalex.co.th

MANUFACTURING INDONESIA
Incorporating: Machine Tool Indonesia, Tools and Hardware Indonesia, Industrial Automation and Logistics Indonesia
4 - 7 December 2013
JAKARTA, INDONESIA
www.pamerindo.com

IMTEX 2014
Metal Forming Show
TOOLTECH 2014
23 – 28 January 2014
BANGLARORE, INDIA
www.imtex.in

CCMT
24 – 28 February 2014
SHANGHAI, CHINA
www.cimtshow.com

INTERNATIONALE EISENWARENMESSE (PRACTICAL WORLD)
9 – 12 March 2014
COLOGNE, GERMANY
www.eisenwarenmesse.com

For further information contact karen.finegold@eia.co.uk
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We are making changes to the EIA newsletter. Please let us know if there is anything that you would like us to include. Or if you have an item of news, a new product to promote, new premises, new state of the art equipment, have won a good order or an award, or any item that you think would interest other members, or that you think members should be aware of, please send this to me on karen.finegold@eia.co.uk
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