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Industry Partnerships

We work closely with some of the country’s leading professional Manufacturing bodies, organisations and suppliers. It gives us a greater understanding of the sector and allows us to deliver the kinds of banking services you need.

We are proud to have partnered with the following organisations:

The goal of the Manufacturer Automation Thought Leadership Network (ATLN) is to educate the owners, managers and factory directors about what automation equipment can do and the benefits it can bring to UK manufacturers. Automation needs to rise to board level in companies of all sizes, but especially larger SMEs where the capital equipment could make a profound difference to winning contracts. Companies in non-auto sectors, who are unfamiliar with the range, capability and simplicity of automation kit, need to and deserve to know what automation options are available

Manufacturer Automation Thought Leadership Network (ATLN)ATLN website.

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Our aim is to improve the lot of UK manufacturers by raising awareness and understanding of their achievements and potential within Westminster, Whitehall and more broadly regionally and locally, ultimately to get a better policy deal from government and more enthusiastic recruits to work in our sector.

Our rationale is that government and opinion formers take more notice of organisations with critical mass, than they do of smaller, individual trade associations.

But by working together as independent organisations within the Alliance, each association retains the flexibility it needs to represent sector specific views, for example on technical standards, co-operate at an individual association level with others or come together across a broader front when member companies share similar supply chain concerns or frustrations round government policy.

EAMA – Engineering and Machinery Alliance Visit EAMA website.

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EEF propels bottom-line success and innovation, serving as the voice of UK manufacturing to government, media and abroad.

Through our business support services, we ensure our manufacturers are competitive, sustainable and future-focused. Our members-only discounts, events and advice keep manufacturers compliant, safe and efficient.

Our policy team not only campaigns on behalf of manufacturing, but releases regular studies, reports and insider news on vital industry issues. From our state-of-the-art training centre to sites across the UK, our certified experts deliver training courses, which can be tailored to the needs (and locations) of individual businesses.

EEF – The Manufacturers OrganisationEEF website.

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GTMA is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, tool making, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services.

We have a committed strategy to focus on major market sector opportunities, from aerospace and automotive to medical and marine.

Our work with OEMs and Tier 1s has seen initiatives to raise standards in our membership base which is now seen as a valuable resource for buyers building manufacturing supply chains.

These initiatives include the launch three years ago of the Manufacturing Resource Centre (MRC) specifically dedicated to providing supply chain solutions.

GTMA – Gauge and Tool Makers Association Visit the GTMA website

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The MTA exists to promote the interests, and be the voice, of the manufacturing technologies sector in the UK.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association is the UK’s trade association for companies in the manufacturing technology sector.  MTA members design, manufacture and supply the advanced machinery, equipment and intellectual property that enable the creation of the products we rely on from day to day and that drive our economy.

Key aspects of manufacturing technology include; machine tools, cutting tools, metrology (measuring) equipment, additive manufacturing (3D printing), surface finishing, robotics and computer aided design and manufacturing products (CAD/CAM), as well as the technology which is enabling the digitisation of manufacturing – the fourth industrial revolution. These combine to make up complete systems - increasingly automated and adaptive - that manufacturers deploy, making the sector fundamental to the prosperity, health and defence of the nation.

The MTA delivers: marketing support and networking opportunities; specific and relevant economic and technical information; representation to Government and other stakeholders; help for exporters; and support for learning and development within member companies and beyond.

Established in 1919 the MTA has been at the core of the UK’s engineering based manufacturing economy for almost a century.

MTA – The Manufacturing Technologies AssociationVisit the MTA website

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The PPMA is the UK's trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 480 member and associate companies. Its principle objective is to promote sales of machinery, both at home and abroad, through various projects and services of mutual benefit to both members and their customers by providing free technical and machinery information and advice.

The choice of packaging machinery for primary and secondary packaging can depend on various situations. These can include available budget, payback period, integration, associated running costs, machine technology and available floor space.

PPMA – Processing and Packaging Machinery Association Visit the PPMA website.

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.

The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £71.6 billion turnover and £18.9 billion value added. With some 169,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and 814,000 across the wider automotive industry, it accounts for 12.0% of total UK export of goods and invests £2.5 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by more than 2,000 component providers and some of the world's most skilled engineers.

More detail on UK automotive available in SMMT's Motor Industry Facts 2016 publication at's Motor Industry Facts 2016.

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