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With the election of MEPs to the European Government just around the corner and EU dissidents and others pressing for a referendum on Europe before the General Election in 2015, we should prepare ourselves for a couple of interesting and important years.Iremember back in 1968, the big discussion of the day was ‘should we join the Common Market’? Having just lived and worked in Germany for over five years I was very pro Common Market and...Read Story
As a young man, heading a small company struggling to survive, I had little time or interest to get involved with trade associations. I can no longer recall what prompted me to have a change of heart, but I think it was around the mid-eighties I decided to test the waters and join the Metal Finishing Association (this has since been incorporated into the Surface Engineering Association).Almost immediately I was drafted onto the Members...Read Story
In a recent article by The Manufacturer it was shown that Manufacturing Business Owners worked 41% more hours than the average employee. This owner dedication was praised with the caveat that a healthy work/life balance should be considered, and a side note that financial gain was being put ahead of free-time. For many SME owners, particularly in manufacturing, financial gain is a huge priority to not only stabilize cash-flow, but also to ensure healthy profi...Read Story
The Subcon 2013 exhibition is drawing closer and we are busily preparing to appear at this year’s event being held on 4-6 June 2013 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. We will be occupying stand M26 as well as acting as a media partner for the event. As a noteworthy event in the manufacturing and engineering calendar we are very much looking forward to welcoming all to our stand. Alongside the Advanced Manufacturin...Read Story
We have been delighted to see such an outstanding turnout at our exhibition on 2 May 2013 at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Our member companies represented the finest in Midland’s based manufacturing and engineering and welcomed an impressive range of visitors from hundreds of companies across the UK. They certainly did themselves proud in partaking in a great day to celebrate Midlands manufacturing and made a real difference in how manufacturing i...Read Story