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

CATCH Skills can now offer Nitrogen Purging training!

This course is aimed at people carrying out Nitrogen purging of pipelines and / or vessels in a production environment.

By the end of the course, the attendee will be able to understand the basic principles and techniques employed to, safely assess, plan, prepare and carry out a purge of vessels and pipework within their specific work environment.

To book or find out further information and what the course includes please click the link below:


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.


Associate Technical Instructors

We require candidates from a variety of technical backgrounds, including electrical, health and safety, mechanical and process offering positions on a part-time and associate basis. CATCH Skills delivers a wide range of short accredited & non-accredited courses mainly for adult learners looking to upskill or reskill.

The role is on an associate basis and will be paid on a daily rate fee as per our associate agreement. For more information or an informal discussion please contact Paul Mason on 01469 552828 or email

Closing date – 29th March 2019

For a company application form please contact:


As part of our existing CATCH membership we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to advertise your vacancies online with our new service –

CATCH will upload your job details on our site and arrange for your vacancies to be promoted via regular bulletins throughout our social media platforms such Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn

Fee structure:

  • NO FEE for strategic CATCH members (ABP, BP, Centrica Storage, Drax Power, Novartis, Phillips66, Total LOR, University of Hull)
  • £595 per year for other CATCH members
  • £1295 per for all other participants

For more details please contact or call 01469 552820


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:

  • Your logo printed in colour on the door#
  • Your logo, image and company statement at A1 size in the room
  • Your logo included on a new notice board in reception
  • Your company name & logo included in the room booking area on the new CATCH website

New sponsor packages

Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950 SOLD
Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950
Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950

If you are interested in this unique opportunity please contact Katie Hedges 01469 552840 or Lesley Pickard 01469 552820


This Sector Deal builds on the UK’s global leadership position in offshore wind and seeks to maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth, consistent with the Clean Growth Grand Challenge.

It will do this by:
1. Providing forward visibility of future Contracts for Difference rounds with support of up to £557m, with the next allocation round planned to open by May 2019, with subsequent auctions around two years thereafter.
2. The sector committing to increase UK content to 60 per cent by 2030, including increases in the capital expenditure phase.
3. Increasing the representation of women in the offshore wind workforce to at least a third by 2030.
4. Setting an ambition of increasing exports fivefold to £2.6bn by 2030.
5. The sector will invest up to £250m in building a stronger UK supply chain, establishing the Offshore
Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) to support productivity and increase competitiveness.

With the largest installed offshore wind capacity in the world and the prices consumers pay for the
energy the sector generates falling significantly (between the 2015 and 2017 Contracts for Difference auctions, support costs fell 50 per cent), a trend that is expected to continue.  Over the next decade, there will be a huge expansion of offshore wind around the world with some estimates envisaging a 17 per cent annual growth from 22GW to 154GW in total installed capacity by 2030.

In the UK, this could see offshore wind contributing up to 30GW of generating capacity.  The domestic opportunities are significant too. Building up to 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 could account for over £40bn of infrastructure spending in the next decade2

More details:


Date: Thursday 28 March 2019
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: CATCH Ltd, Redwood Park Estate, Stallingborough, Grimsby, DN41 8TH

We all know when the wind blows and the blades turn we get electricity out of a wind turbine, but is it really that simple?

The Humber Branch are hosting an evening with a team of experts from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited to explain in detail the technical workings of a wind turbine.

You will have a chance to ask any questions you have relating to this subject face to face with the relevant experts in their field.

This event is free to attend, please register your attendance via the EI website.

Humber Siemens Presentation Flyer

Kind regards

EI Humber Branch


Head Office

Redwood Park Estate
DN41 8TH
Company no. 03837010



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