Get ready for GDPR at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Northern-00640_smlThis week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced plans to grant the public greater control over the use of personal data through the strengthening of UK data protection law. The announcement sets out how the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be transferred to UK law following the UK’s departure from the EU. Features of the bill include criminal offences to deter organisations from creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data. There will be new rules on data protection and anyone handling data will be made more accountable for the data they process. A crucial feature of the new legislation is the very severe penalties for non-compliance, and all companies that handle any form of personal data will be risking potentially catastrophic fines if they don’t prepare for the new rules that come into effect next Spring.

One of the ways you can get ready for GDPR is to attend the free seminar session at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. Running on both days of the show, the one-hour session aims to deliver an overview of the new regulations from the particular viewpoint of SME’s, how those regulations will affect your business and the steps you need to be taking now towards compliance. Places are limited, so secure yours today by registering at


Emsea showcases cutting skills on Robot Wars

emsea review edit_tmbFresh from its TV appearance on BBC2’s Robot Wars 2017, Emsea highlighted its cutting services at Southern Manufacturing 2017. The company sponsored Aftershock, the robot which made its debut appearance on the TV programme in March.

In order to give Team Shock the best chance of winning the title of Robot Wars Champion 2017, sponsor Emsea, cut Team Shock’s precision parts on its Waterjet Machine, Flows Flagship Mach 4, the most technically advanced machine in the industry, says the company.

The cold cutting process produces accurate parts without any heat damage and  can cut through materials up to 200mm thick with a geometric accuracy of ±0.1mm.

Chris Sweet, director at Emsea observed: “Whilst some of the parts could have been cut on our laser machines we felt that due to the nature of the material and the purpose of the venture the waterjet would provide the very best quality cut and finish.”

“We are excited to be a part of Team Shock and wish them luck in their endeavour to become the ultimate fighting bot!”

Sweet added “We are always keen to promote engineering and projects such as Robot Wars are a fantastic way to get people inspired and may help to fill the skills shortage in the future”.

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Upcoming courses at the EEF

The EEF offers a comprehensive range of courses for engineering professionals at its Reading Office. Here is a list of upcoming events. Follow the links to find out more and book your place. The EEF also offers tailored courses which can be delivered at your location. More information can be found here  for the full range of training the EEF can offer.

Coaching Skills for Managers LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

29 March

Members £255 | Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day highly practical course will prepare managers and leaders to use a range of styles to support and develop their people for higher performance and productivity. The models and skills learnt at this workshop can be applied formally and informally in a wide range of workplace situations to support a culture of continuous improvement. By developing effective coaching skills, delegates will develop an effective method of developing individuals and teams to raise confidence and competence in the workplace.  

Train The Trainer

12/13 April

Members £595|Non Members £695 +VAT

This two-day practical course will benefit individuals who need to design and deliver interactive workplace training sessions to groups of learners. It is aimed at managers, department heads, supervisors, team leaders and trainers. It will also be useful to those who are responsible for delivering theoretical information and support to groups of people and wish to encourage participation in these training sessions. Numbers are kept low to enable delegates to practice their skills and work on their specific challenges.

Gender pay gap reporting: how to comply

24 April

Half day

Members £245|Non Members £295 +VAT

A step by step guide to how to meet the new legal requirements for reporting your gender pay information. We will tell you how to ensure your organisation is not only compliant but also shown in the best possible light

Handling Discipline and Grievance

27 April

Members £120|Non Members £145 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with disciplinary and grievance issues using informal counselling. Attendees will learn how to resolve low level conduct offences and nip grievances in the bud, in order to avoid matters escalating to a formal level. They will also learn how to tackle more serious disciplinary offences through formal disciplinary action, and how to handle grievances formally and fairly in line with legislation

Handling difficult conversations

16 May

half a day

Members £155|Non Members £175 +VAT

This half-day programme is for line managers, supervisors and HR professionals who have to conduct challenging conversations with staff, perhaps about their behaviour, results, or actions. It will also cover how to handle demanding and testing individuals. This course will equip managers with the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills to engage with people from a productive and focused position

Right Person Right Job: Recruitment and Selection Interviewing

25 May

Members £255|Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the tools to ensure that their recruitment process is thorough, effective, fair and free from discrimination. It is relevant to anyone involved in the recruitment process, who wishes to select the best person for the job and get past stock answers and rehearsed phrases. This course will help delegates to improve their organisation’s substantial return on investment in recruitment – both financially and in management time – by improving processes and practices.

HR Professional Development

12 half days over 12 months dates to be arranged, please contact me to register your interest

Members £1495|Non Members £1795 +VAT

This innovative training programme provides a unique opportunity for HR professionals and managers to increase the depth of their expertise in all key areas of HR and to share knowledge and network with other delegates.  Each session is coordinated and managed by a highly experienced EEF HR adviser with current best practice knowledge gained from delivering practical HR consultancy to a range of clients.  The EEF adviser will act as a mentor to delegates over a 12 month period and monitor progress. The programme is conducted over 12 half-days over a 12 month period. It is delivered through small discussion groups and workshops, ensuring closer tuition to promote personalised, applied learning.

And at a glance:-

The New Team Leader – 14/15 June

Essential Management Skills – 21/22 June

Interpersonal Communications Skills – 29 June

A new era for an old friend

Southern Manufacturing 2017 marks the dawn of a new era for Engineering Capacity as the magazine re-launches at the show under the new management and ownership of long-time editor Andy Sandford.

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Engineering Capacity is the UK’s only magazine and online brand that is exclusively focused on contract and subcontract manufacturing – covering all sectors and processes ranging from machined components, to moulding, composites, sheet metalworking, fabrication, additive manufacturing, metrology and complete outsourced production.

Andy says: “We will be back in May with a brand-new look and editorially-led content that will make it a must-read for anyone who sources contract manufacturing services and an ideal platform for any subcontractor looking for new customers.”

“Come and see us on Stand R1 to tell us your latest news and let us tell you ours.”

Matsuura expands presence at show and launches new machine

Matsuura MX-330 PC10_tmbMatsuura’s latest machining centre makes its UK exhibition debut at Southern Manufacturing 2017. The new Matsuura MX-330 PC10 5 axis is equipped with 10 pallets and 90 tools.  Matsuura is anticipating high demand for the MX-330 PC10; two machines have already been sold prior to its official launch in the UK. The firm believes the new machine will quickly establish itself as the best-selling “lights-out” automated 5 axis machine in its history.

Matsuura announced last week that it is expanding its presence at Southern Manufacturing 2017. Ian Michie, Marketing Manager for the company, said, “Over the past 5 years Matsuura has achieved great success at Southern Manufacturing exhibiting our single table MX-520 5 axis CNC machine tool. At least six new customer accounts have been introduced to Matsuura products via previous Southern Manufacturing exhibitions, investing in the MX-520 and other machines from our portfolio of high quality CNC products. Southern Manufacturing 2017 will see Matsuura expand our offering with our largest stand to date, showing our belief and commitment in the show and the prospects for UK manufacturers.”

Two machines will be cutting live at Southern Manufacturing 2017; alongside the new MX-330 PC10 will be Muratec Murata MT100iT2 automated bar fed lathe with twin turrets & Intelligent Servo Unloader. The MT100iT2 features an integrated Intelligent Servo Unloader. This bar fed machine accommodates bar up to Ø51mm, with maximum length of component of L180mm weighing 2.5kg. Chuck size is Ø165mm. This phenomenally accurate & fast turning centre has 2 tool turrets with 15 live tools on each. Matsuura are the sole UK agent for Muratec Murata turning centres and lathes, with UK customers in every industry where speed, accuracy and incredible reliability are pre-requisite to the end user.

Find out more about the latest innovations from Matsuura on stand R98 or visit

Become an export documentation ninja

With export activity increasing, more firms than ever are having to deal with export documentation, much of which can be unfamiliar and confusing. Mistakes in paperwork can cause delays and extra expense – problems that can be easily avoided by getting to grips with the basics of export documentation. A 1-day course offered by Chamber International will arm participants with everything they need to ensure the paperwork gets done right first time. The course provides a detailed look at export documents that takes a practical approach to why and when documents are needed. The curriculum includes background, uses and key information requirements for different documents, such as pro-forma invoices, waybills and certificates of conformity etc.

Chamber Management Service - Language and Culture Seminar at Village Hotel, Headingley, Leeds. 25 May, 2006. 

The course will be held at the Bradford Chamber Business Park on 24th January 2017 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The cost is £245 +VAT for Chamber members, £315 + VAT for non members. The fee includes lunch and refreshments.

To find out more and reserve your place, click here

Merry Christmas to one and all


As we near the end of a remarkable year, from everyone at INDUSTRY.CO.UK, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Southern Manufacturing 2017 on its new Spring dates in March, and to Northern Manufacturing in September. In the meantime, enjoy your well-deserved break!

Export payment workshop helps you get it right first time

The falling pound has been good news for exports. But for those venturing into overseas markets for the first time, the subject of obtaining payment and using letters of credit can be bewildering. The sobering fact is that over 75% of first presentations to banks against documentary letters of credit are rejected, resulting in delayed payments to exporters, additional costs and breached delivery deadlines.


However help is at hand thanks to a workshop being run by Chamber International at Bradford Chamber Business Park on November 9th. The one day workshop covers the 5 main types of payment for exports, from advance payment to open account, including Sight Documentary Collection, Term Documentary Collection and Documentary Letters of Credit. It includes the use of Bills of Exchange with and without documents. This course is suitable for all staff who need to have a clear understanding of the procedures required to ensure payments for goods sold on documentary credit terms. Knowledge and understanding is reinforced through the use of exercises, tips on getting the credit you want and working examples of documentary credits. Essential learning for accounts, export and sales teams.

The course is from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The costs are £295 +VAT for members of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, or £390 +VAT Non-Members. The cost includes lunch and refreshments. To find out more about the course, visit the Chamber International website or to reserve your place,  click here

Trotec launches new website

SP1500: Trotec's biggest CO2 laser cutting machineTrotec Laser has launched a brand new website. Besides a fresh look, the new website offers detailed information about laser technology, gives tips and tricks for laser processing as well as background information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Visit the new website at website and explore the opportunities that Trotec can offer.