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The SEA attend special ‘Parliamentary Trade Association Lunch’ at the House of Lords

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The SEA attend special ‘Parliamentary Trade Association Lunch’ at the House of Lords

31 July 2017

The Surface Engineering Association (SEA) was pleased to attend a special event recently held at the House of Lords, titled ‘Parliamentary Trade Association Lunch’ and saw the coming together of several key trade associations

 The event, which took place on the 12th July, was arranged by manufacturing alliance and trade show organisers Made in the Midlands and saw attendance of representatives from Made in Yorkshire and the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA).

Baroness Burt hosted the event, with a purpose to bring together like-minded membership organisations to network, explore opportunities to work together and grow their respective organisations in a way that would benefit their members.

The group discussed the major developments in both the political and economic landscape that have occurred over the past 12 months, and identified the impact these could have on SMEs in the UK.

It was recognised by the collective that a more collaborative approach between associations would significantly benefit the businesses they were representing; each association being focussed on ensuring the best possible outcomes for its own members during an uncertain time of change, so working with like-minded associations would provide a benefit to all.

Made in the Midlands and Made in Yorkshire were recently appointed to the All Party Manufacturing Group, and work closely with Baroness Burt to ensure that SMEs get a voice in terms of policy – a mantra very much in sync with the activities and ambitions of the SEA.

Dave Elliott, SEA’s Chief Executive, said “the event was a great success and saw the coming together of three trade associations to discuss the work needed to better our members during these turbulent times”.

He continued, “What is clear is that SMEs in the UK need to form a collective – we encourage companies to join the SEA to form a strong voice and now, as an association, we need to do the same.

What this meeting has shown is that this group of associations have the same focusses, with the key being to gain the best possible outcomes during Brexit and to ensure that businesses can continue to grow and prosper overseas after the UK has departed from the European Union”.

If you are a business operating within the surface engineering sector, it has never been a more important time to be a part of the industry’s leading trade association.  As well as guiding you through all changes associated with Brexit and the legislative changes that are likely to occur, there are a number of key benefits available to members.  For more information please contact Michaella Mais ( who will be happy to assist with any enquiries.

Pictured – left to right
Richard Hobbs - Made in the Midlands
William Smith - Galvanisers Association

Dave Elliott – Surface Engineering Association
Geraldine Bolton - Confederation of British Metalformers
Julia Moore - GTMA
David Tonkin - Railway Industries Association
Baroness Lorely Burt
Corin Crane - Black Country Chamber
Jason Pitt - Made in the Midlands

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