With social media’s exploding popularity, it is increasingly risky for trade associations to ignore this medium. Whether promoting a new service or gauging consumer reactions, organisations today are dangerously close to becoming “behind the times” if they are not present on social media.

For more information on how social media can benefit your trade association please click here

You and your colleagues are invited to a special Brexit Readiness Briefing with officials from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our colleagues at the Aluminium Federation will be hosting BEIS at the Advanced Engineering Show on 30 and 31 October. Throughout the day, officials will be giving free consultations where they answer your technical questions about Brexit.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss company-specific Brexit questions

Key areas to consider are:

• Importing and exporting – using your EORI number, managing customs declarations, understanding applicable tariffs, and dealing with EU customers to determine where tariff liabilities lie • Regulation and compliance – including REACH registration validity, quality testing and marking • Employment – managing your EU workforce and understanding the settlement scheme • Personal data – ensuring you have the right contractual cover for transferring personal data to and from the EU • Access to funding – including how Brexit affects grants and financing • Intellectual property – protecting your IP in EU markets after Brexit

Secure your place at a free Brexit Readiness Briefing

• When: 30 October (9am – 5pm) and 31 October (9am – 4pm) • Where: NEC Birmingham, Stand J82e (Aluminium Pavilion)

There are 2 steps you need to take to secure your place:

  1. Register for your free Brexit Readiness Briefing – this gets you a slot to meet with Government officials
  2. Get your free Advanced Engineering Show delegate pass – this gains you entry to the show itself and comes from the show organisers

BEIS and the Aluminium Federation will also be speaking as part of the seminar programme each day about Brexit and how the Government is building relationships with business. The Aluminium Federation has received Government funding to help companies prepare for a nodeal Brexit. They’re working with us and the wider business community to ensure you have the support you need. If you have any questions, please contact me t_jones@alfed.org.uk.

Kind regards

Tom Jones CEO Aluminium Federation

The Bank of England’s new polymer £20 note is coming on 20 February 2020. It features the artist JMW Turner.

For more information please visit the dedicated web page below:


The new note’s security features are shown in this film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QosX5LvJRdM

Many businesses, regardless of industry, are risking their own survival by unwittingly remaining underinsured. A disastrous event can strike a business at any moment, leaving it vulnerable.

Please click here or on the PDF below for more information

CPA Conference – Thursday 17th October

Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, Fillongley, Coventry

Refreshments, registration and exhibition
Conveyor – Merryn Myatt, Perris Myatt
Welcome – Kevin Minton, Construction Plant-hire Association
09:45 – 12:00 – MORNING SESSION
Panel session involving Katie Kelleher from Select/Laing O’Rourke and Belinda Naylor and Ian Webster from Webster Technologies
Merryn Myatt leads the discussion on how businesses can cope with unexpected issues and media attention
Douglas McLuckie from A-Plant and Bill Hill from Building Metal Health discuss what steps organisations can take to help staff and identify issues at an earlier stage
13:15 – 15:00 – AFTERNOON SESSION
Iain Anderson from GAP Group, Kevin Howells from Datatag and Mike Gregory from JCB Insurance Services discuss the latest developments and trends in plant theft and fraud and how to combat them
Paul Skitt and Chris Cassley discuss the skills strategy and discuss how CPA members can become involved in the working group; Paul Whitehead from Highways England and Mark Warrilow of HS2 talk around the need to upskill the workforce and drive home recruitment

For more information and to reserve your tickets please visit:

A report issued by the construction industry’s Competence Steering Group (CSG) is recommending the use of UKAS accredited certification to ensure the competence of personnel involved with High Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs).

The CSG was established, under the leadership of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), to address the criticisms and recommendations relating to competence laid out in the final report of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The CSG’s report, issued on 16th August, recommends that all HRRB personnel are registered to a recognised professional body or certified by an independent certification body. The report goes on to advocate that those bodies carrying out the competency assessments of HRRB personnel should themselves be subject to rigorous oversight by an appropriate body, such as the Engineering Council or UKAS.

In addition to endorsing a system of UKAS accredited certification, the CSG’s report also calls for Government support to ensure that all the relevant organisations and individuals covered by HRRB regulations demonstrate their competence in the prescribed manner.

Welcoming the CSG’s report, Hugh Taylor, UKAS External Affairs Divisional Director said: “When it comes to high risk residential buildings, such as high rise tower blocks, it is essential that those individuals working on them have the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience to do so safely and effectively. UKAS is pleased to see that the CSG’s report recognises the valuable role that accreditation plays in delivering confidence in the competency assessments of the designers, specifiers, installers and other professionals who together construct and maintain HRRBs. UKAS is continuing to work closely with the CIC, Engineering Council and other key stakeholders to help finalise the definition of competence for working on HRRBs, and to develop a suitable programme for implementing all the necessary assessment and accreditation procedures.”

A full copy of the report, which is open for consultation until 18th October 2019, can be found here http://cic.org.uk/news/article.php?s=2019-08-16-construction-and-fire-industries-set-out-sweeping-proposals

Notes to editors
• The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the UK. Its role is to check that organisations providing conformity assessment services such as certification, testing, inspection and calibration services, are meeting a required standard of performance. The assessment criteria used by UKAS are internationally recognised as being the best indicators of accurate, impartial and consistent performance. UKAS accreditation demonstrates an organisation’s competence, impartiality and performance capability against internationally recognised standards. For further information about UKAS accreditation please visit www.ukas.com

For further media information please contact Phil Russell in the press office:

T: 020 7689 5155 E: ukas@clear-group.co.uk