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The British Measurement and Testing Association

The Voice of Measurement and Testing

BMTA was created in 1990 in response to the need for an independent ‘lobby’ for the private sector to speak with one voice to Government, UKAS, BSI and other official bodies on issues affecting the whole measurement and testing community.

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UK Government announces EU Import Export Grant Support

For those companies trading with Europe and particularly those currently being challenged by the implementation of HMRC-15, the government has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund which will enable companiesto apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support for importing and exporting.  The fund will be administered through the pre-existing Customs Grant Scheme and will open for applications next month.
This fund does not address the issues raised by HMRC-15, for member companies but it will provide some much needed support for those needing 3rd party advice.

 

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Government launches Public Consultation on the UK Subsidy regime

Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK Government has the freedom to design a new domestic subsidy control regime that reflects its strategic interests and particular national circumstances. The Government has now launched a public Consultation which can be found HERE. We would encourage members to respond to the consultation as it will impact the range and scale of Government subsidy available to you for many years to come.

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IMEKO 2021 Conference and World Congress (Virtual)

30th August – 3rd September 2021 Call for Papers - Deadline  31st March 2021

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EA issues Statement regarding recognition of UKAS

The Brexit transition period formally ended on 31st December 2020 meaning that European Union legislation no longer applies to the United Kingdom (UK), so in this respect it is no longer bound by Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation in the European Union (EU) nor by Regulation (EU) 2019/515 on the mutual recognition of goods.

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Covid 19

BEIS Webinar on Returning to Work - for Laboratories and Research Facilities

BEIS recent webinar on Returning to Work for Laboratories and Research Facilities is now available to watch, on demand, HERE. For those operating university laboratories, GUIDANCE has been published to help providers of higher education In England understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students.

BEIS have also issued a SURVEY on how businesses are finding returning to work. This survey is to assist BEIS in understanding the issues being encountered when returning to the workplace or restarting operations. They would be grateful for your input. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest updates to government guidance, please subscribe to the Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin HERE.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - UPDATE

The Government updated their detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme late on 12th June 2020. The updated guidance clarifies how employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing).

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Government updates advise on Furlough to cover parents on family leave

The Government has announced that parents on family leave who return to work in the coming months can be furloughed and are exempt from the 10 June cut-off date, provided the employer has previously furloughed employees. This amendment to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to those on maternity, paternity, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave.

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Safe Working Guidelines published by BSI

BSI has published Safe Working Guidelines. The guidelines provide a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI plans to update the guidelines in the current weeks, based on the feedback they receive.

Please follow the links to the PRESS RELEASE and GUIDELINES documents.

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BMTA represents the interests of the measurement and testing industry in the UK and in Europe, through its representation on EUROLAB, the voice for laboratories in Europe.

BMTA will encourage you to make your views known in the standards making process, both nationally and internationally, through the Association and individual membership of relevant committees. We work to increase awareness of the measurement and testing industry, and provide training, through seminars and workshops, on topical subjects. It is a non-profit making association that is run by a Council elected by its members.

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