Entries by Margaret Lane

November 2019 Market Report

In Quarter 3 2019 the UK gross domestic product increased by 0.3% following a decline of 0.2% in the previous Quarter. Technically therefore the UK avoided a recession but the economy remains weak. Analysts had expected a rate of 0.4% in Q3, falling to 0.2% in Q4. Business confidence is now at a seven year […]

October 2019 Market Report

A survey towards the end of October showed UK consumer confidence weakening due to concerns over job security and Brexit, confidence now at its lowest level for six years. This is the third month in a row that consumer confidence has fallen. The same survey showed the majority of businesses are now preparing to cut […]

Quarterly Global Update Q3 2019

Global Primary Aluminium Production Standard EN 573-3:2019 Aluminium Beverage can Recycling in Europe Modern scrap Sorting Technologies Aluminium Content of Cars Aluminium and Mobility Fire Safety in Residential Buildings

September 2019 Market Report

At the beginning of September, the organisation MakeUK, which we used to know as the Engineering Employers Federation, EEF, published a very gloomy forecast for manufacturing, with domestic demand down, orders down, investment plans down and recruitment down. Brexit is, of course, a major concern but trade wars and a shrinking global economy are also […]

July-August 2019 Market Report

Inflation in the UK is now at 2.1% which is above the Bank of England target of 2.0%. Employment levels are at historically high figures and wage inflation, now at 3.6%, is the highest level since 2008. The Bank of England has signaled that interest rates could rise but there is an over-riding concern that […]

EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows

EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit BEIS is running a sequence of Brexit Readiness Roadshows – this will be a moving target to some extent as events will be added and removed as time goes on so it’s worth checking more […]

Join event to get your business up and running in the US

The hassle free way to land and expand in the US! 26th September – Birmingham ________________________________________ Join us on Thursday 26th September in Birmingham at this intensive seminar, supported by the Department for International Trade, designed to help ambitious UK companies make the transition to the largest economic market on the planet… Have you considered […]

ASI Media Release, 13 September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, against ASI Chain of Custody Standard Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, has achieved Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody for its facility in Jiangyin City, China. The certification includes post-casthouse activities related to their aluminium foil production. Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced […]