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For the third year Santander has teamed up with The Manufacturer to support TMMX in 2019.

The Manufacturer MX Awards recognises outstanding performance across 13 categories, which have been carefully selected to reflect the incredible diversity, innovation and expertise that UK manufacturing has to show. With categories covering the breadth of the industry, there really is an opportunity to highlight every company’s successes.

Here are 10 reasons why you should enter:

  1. Extensive media exposure for your company or young manufacturer – local and national
  2. The chance to benchmark your business against peers and competitors
  3. Shine a light on your best young employees through the Young Manufacturer of the Year category
  4. Free business feedback from top experts
  5. Be championed as ‘award winning’
  6. Positive impact on staff throughout the business – boosting morale and team spirit
  7. An opportunity to thank staff and celebrate their hard work, determination and commitment
  8. Highlight to customers and clients that they are associated with the best in class
  9. Gain industry recognition for successful training programmes
  10. Inclusion in The Manufacturer Opus showcase publication

The deadline for entries is the 28th June 2018 .

You can find out more at


We are now part of the distribution channel for the EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  They send out a weekly bulletin to trade associations, membership organisations and intermediaries in order for them to share relevant points with members.  Here are the main points and associated links – we will update as and when we receive new information from the team:

Workforce & People
Last Thursday, 7th March, the EU Exit Business Readiness Forum looked at issues relating to Workforce & People. The slides from the event are here.  The summary of the key questions raised at the Forum along with answers are being finalised and will be circulated with next week’s bulletin.

FCO updated guidance on EU Exit information for UK nationals if there’s no deal: EU Exit Information for UK Nationals if there is No Deal

HO updated guidance on using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app: Using the EU Exit ID Document Check App

HO updated guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme, ID document scanner locations: EU Settlement Scheme ID Document Scanner Locations

Tools & Resources
Providing services to EEA and EFTA countries after EU Exit – Guidance for UK businesses on EU service provision if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 with no deal, UK businesses will no longer operate under European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for the cross-border trade of services. NEW – Several additional country guides were published this week that contain information and links to help businesses navigate the third country regulations in each country. The updated list is here: Providing Services to EEA and EFTA Countries after EU Exit

Importing and Exporting:

UK import tariffs in a no-deal scenario  – The Government has today published details of the UK’s temporary tariff regime for no deal, designed to minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries. The regime would be temporary, and the Government would closely monitor the effects of the tariffs on the UK economy. It would apply for up to 12 months, while a full consultation and review on a permanent approach to tariffs is undertaken. Businesses would not pay customs duties on the majority of goods when importing in to the UK if we leave the EU without an agreement. MFN tariffs will remain in place for all products that have a trade remedy in place and are due to be transitioned over in the case of a no deal Exit (58 HS lines). Further detail can be found here

Customs arrangements on the Irish border – In a no-deal scenario, the UK Government would temporarily hold off introducing any checks or controls on almost all goods crossing from Ireland to Northern Ireland, so there will be no need for customs declarations, nor the payment of duty.  The exceptions are:

  • Businesses would still need to pay VAT and Excise on Irish goods that come into Northern Ireland and the UK.
  • Small businesses trading across the border and not currently VAT registered would be able to report VAT online periodically without any new processes at the border.  This would not involve any infrastructure or checks at the border including in Northern Ireland.
  • New requirements would have to be put in place include hazardous chemicals covered by the PIC regulation (see new guidance immediately below), ozone-depleting gases and f-gases – for each of these, checks will not take place at the border but electronic notifications will be required before bringing goods from Ireland to the UK, including Northern Ireland.

DfT updated guidance on the allocation of ECMT haulage permits: guidance for hauliers:  Allocation of ECMT Haulage Permits

DfT updated guidance to prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit for lorry and goods vehicle drivers: Prepare to Drive in the EU after Brexit Lorry and Goods Vehicle Drivers

DfT updated guidance on international road haulage operator licences and permits: International Authorisations and Permits for Road Haulage

NEW DfT published French customs guidance after Brexit: French Customs Guidance after Brexit

Guidance from French customs authorities for UK businesses in the event of a no deal Brexit The French Customs and Excise authority has published customs guidance to help businesses that move goods between the UK and France to prepare for new customs procedures in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In practical terms, this means border controls will resume and the free movement of capital, goods, services and people (workers, students and travellers) will cease.  In order to benefit from the automated border crossing from 30 March, you must prepare your customs declarations before checking-in your goods at the ports of Calais, Dunkirk or at the Channel Tunnel.  This can be done through UK or French computer systems.  The barcode provided by the French authorities following receipt of a customs declaration will allow your goods to cross the border as smoothly as possible.   

NEW DIT published guidance on exporting controlled goods after EU Exit: Exporting Controlled Goods after EU Exit

DVSA updated guidance on ECMT international road haulage permits: ECMT International Road Haulage Permits

NEW HMRC published guidance on accounting for import VAT: Accounting for Import VAT

NEW HMRC published letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world: Letters on No Deal Brexit Advice for Businesses Trading with the EU and or the Rest of the World

HMRC updated guidance on notices made under The Customs (Export)(EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Notices made under the Customs Export EU Exit Regulations 2019

NEW HMRC published guidance on changes to your customs authorisations if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: Changes to Customs Authorisations if the UK Leaves the EU Without a Deal

HMRC updated guidance on how to get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU: Get a UK EORI Number to Trade Within the EU

How to obtain an EORI number If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK businesses looking to import or export goods with the EU will need to apply here for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.  This is a twelve-digit number that starts with the prefix GB.  If you already have an EU EORI number that starts with a different country prefix, you do not need to register for a UK EORI number yet as HMRC will continue to recognise your EU EORI number for a temporary period.  You can contact HMRC’s EORI team on 0300 322 7067 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).  

HMRC updated guidance on Statutory Instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU: SIs Relating to EU Exit

NEW HMRC published guidance on draft notices to be made in relation to the amendments brought in by The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) (Miscellaneous Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Draft Notices to be made in Relation to Taxation Cross Border Trade EU Exit Regulation

Regulation and Standards

MHRA updated guidance and publications about the regulation of medicines and medical devices in a possible no deal scenario: MHRA Guidance and Publications on a Possible No Deal Scenario

Intellectual Property

IPO updated guidance on IP and Brexit: IP and Brexit the Facts


You can sign up to receive email alerts about Brexit on Gov.UK: Brexit E-mail Alerts

Triage Tool has an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out:

  • what their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in their sector
  • information on specific rules and regulations

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.

BEIS Sector Primers

New Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Guidance  New PIC (Prior Informed Consent) guidance has been issued relating to exports to the EU. If you are intending to export a PIC listed chemical between 30th March and 3rd May, you are advised to contact to request a UK PIC export notification form.  These are similar to the forms that are used under EU PIC. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: ‘UK PIC – 35-day transitional period – notification’.    

ECHA has published some similar guidance for EU27 companies intending to export PIC chemicals to the UK after exit: 

DEFRA Sector Primers

Preparing for Brexit Webinars – The British Library is hosting a series of webinars on various topics to help businesses prepare in the event of leaving the EU on Friday 29 March without a deal.  If you wish to register to join, please click the link and follow the instructions.


CATCH are offering our members an exclusive opportunity to sponsor our conference rooms.

The details of each room available to sponsor are below.  The offer is renewable after 5 years.  Included in the room sponsorship package will be:

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NEPIC is holding a conference on 27th March which will be highlighting practical ways for companies to take advantage of digital technology to improve their operational and maintenance effectiveness. There will also be a session in the afternoon about cyber security including a ‘live ‘hack on a control system and an update from the HSE on their guidance in this area.

See information below:

The agenda is packed with interesting ways to help companies in your cluster improve their plant performance whilst making sure that cyber security is not compromised.

Intro and keynote from Sabic about Opportunities and challenges from digitisation and how to ensure benefits are realised whilst protecting the company from cyber attacks

Manufacturing and Process improvement

Input from sponsor Emerson on Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Process Industry

Input from Phusion IM and Sword IT Solutions on How a comprehensive Master Data Model can lead to improved operational benefits illustrated by a case study

Input from Jumping Rivers on How Machine Learning can be used to improve Industrial Processes

Input from JMP Analytics on How to transform your workforce to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0

Supply Chain Improvement

Input from Siemens on How digitisation can be used to transform supply chains illustrated by case studies

Input from Focul on Creating a logistics system which integrates and provides collective benefit across procurement, operations and supply chain teams  illustrated by a case study

Input from Evolution MRO on Using digitisation to optimise inventory management

Cyber Security

‘Live’ hack from Tekgem on an industrial control system

Input from the HSE on Updated guidance for cyber security on Industrial Automation and Control systems

Input from Locktons on The insurers perspective on cyber security and the importance of protecting business systems

Input form ABB on Playing the long game, How hackers exploit your system and how to detect their presence


Please register via the link

NEPIC Digitalisation & Cyber Security Conference



Teesside University, Darlington

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9:00am–1:00pm

A free, half-day event showcasing the latest discoveries and innovation for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) from across the Yorkshire, Humber and Teesside region. Full programme and registration.


This is a free, half-day event showcasing the latest discoveries and innovation for AD from across the Yorkshire, Humber and Teesside region. Hear from biologists, chemists, engineers and other AD scientists from both the public and private sectors. A series of talks will be followed by a poster session and networking lunch.

Draft programme

9.00 – arrival and coffee

9.30 – introduction

9.45 – James Chong (University of York)

10.00 – Caroline Orr (University of Teesside)

10.15 – tbc

10.30 – Alex Jukes (Biorenewables Development Centre)

10.45 – coffee and networking

11.15 – tbc

11.30 – tbc

11.45 Summary

12 – 1 Networking lunch and poster session

After lunch, there is an optional tour of the National Horizons Centre.




The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals to a new UK regulatory system. UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will replace EU REACH and will require businesses to demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.

The chemicals sector is the UK’s second biggest manufacturing industry and UK businesses currently hold over 12,000 registrations with REACH. A ‘no deal’ would mean that a range of other key sectors would also be required to register any imported chemicals they use on UK REACH. This would include the motor manufacturing, cosmetics, construction and cleaning products industries.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

“It is not just chemicals producers that could be affected by this change so I encourage all businesses that use chemicals to read the guidance on the HSE website and check whether they need to take action.”

Under the new requirements, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

  • UK businesses that manufacture a chemical (those currently registered to EU REACH) will need to validate their existing registration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 60 days of the UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that import a chemical substance from the EU will need to notify HSE within 180 days of UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that export chemicals to the EU will need to have an EU REACH registration in place once the UK leaves the EU.

In addition, more technical information will need to be submitted by businesses to HSE within two years of EU Exit. The requirements are part of the Government’s commitment to maintain environmental standards after we leave the EU.

In order to register on UK REACH in a no deal scenario, businesses need to take the following action:

  • Identify the chemical and quantity that they use;
  • Understand how to register that chemical by reading the EU Exit guidance; and
  • Prepare the information for that registration.
  • Businesses that may be affected should read the latest guidance on requirements for using chemicals after the UK leaves the EU on HSE.GOV.UK/EuExitReach


INEOS will build a new VAM (Vinyl Acetate Monomer) facility at its Saltend site in Hull

The investment will create 40 new jobs, doubling the size of the workforce

The new unit will comprise a 300kt per year of VAM, to be sold in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world

Graham Beesley CEO of INEOS Oxide said: “This is an exciting time for INEOS and great news for manufacturing in the region. We are proud to be bringing production of this important material back to the UK. This will not only strengthen UK manufacturing but boost exports from the UK to Europe and the globe.”

Today INEOS has announced it will build a new Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) plant in Hull through a   £150 million investment.

The unit will form part of INEOS’ £1 billion investment in the UK designed to ensure its British assets stay world class for a generation.

The capacity of the plant at the INEOS site in Hull is expected to be 300,000 tonnes per year. The investment will bring production of an important raw material back to the UK. VAM is a key component in a wide range of important high-end products including laminated windscreens, toughened glass, adhesives, coatings, films, textiles and carbon fibre.

It will meet the growing demand for VAM in Europe and across the globe, supporting INEOS’ strong position as a leading supplier to a wide range of markets. The investment is underpinned by the availability of raw materials from Grangemouth and other investment in import and export infrastructure to ensure the site’s ability to produce and deliver competitively.

Graham Beesley CEO of INEOS Oxide said “This is an exciting time for INEOS and great news for manufacturing in the region. We are proud to be bringing production of this important material back to the UK. This will not only strengthen UK manufacturing but boost exports from the UK to Europe and the rest of the world. This investment underlines our commitment to manufacturing in the UK and our faith in the Hull site and our skilled and committed workforce.”


We would like to make you aware that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be holding five, one-day stakeholder events across the UK covering EU Exit and its impact on the chemical regimes in a no-deal scenario.

The events will include:

  • a session by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on non-regulatory information for businesses to help prepare for EU Exit;
  • sessions led by HSE on the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) and Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regimes;
  • and sessions led by Defra on Plant Protection Products (PPP) and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

The events will include some similar messaging to previous events but will reflect the current state of play. All five events will follow the same format.

These events will be more widely advertised on Monday 11th February, however we would like to give you the opportunity to share with your members and allow them early access to book a place. If they would like to attend they should use the links provided below, further details on the events are provided in the link. Please note a ticket will be required to enter the event.

To allow as many as possible of your members and other organisations to attend, and as all events will follow the same format, we kindly ask that you consider the most appropriate location and send a maximum of two representatives across all five events.

KCOM Stadium, Hull on Wednesday 27th February 2019

Book a place here.

Sophia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff on Friday 1st March 2019

Book a place here.

Millennium Gloucester, London on Tuesday 5th March 2019

Book a place here.

 Chester Racecourse, Chester on Thursday 7th March 2019

Book a place here.

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Friday 15th March 2019

Book a place here.


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