Brexit Grant Funding Announced

SME’s May Be Eligible For A Grant Of Up To £4K To Help Manage Brexit Impacts

What is the Brexit Support Grant?

The Brexit Support Grant, funded by the Scottish Government, provides up to a maximum of £4,000 to help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide range of Brexit impacts.

To find out if you are eligible, read more in the link below.

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HSE has issued a safety alert about a change in enforcement expectations for mild steel welding fume.

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.

The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.

With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control.

Read the full report here




The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) will provide a comprehensive assessment of your business over two days to identify strengths and opportunities, giving you an aligned approach towards Manufacturing 4.0.

The Review is conducted over two days and is fully funded, delivered by SMAS and Scottish Enterprise digital specialists.

For more information, click on the link here



Scottish Engineering’s review of the manufacturing engineering sector shows overall a continuing positive quarter for the third time in 2018, albeit with some declining indicators also evident.  Order intake, exports and optimism all remain positive at less than 5% above even, whilst staffing numbers and capital investment show double digit positive indicators.

Scottish Engineering’s Chief Executive Paul Sheerin stated:  “With clarity on our future trading relationships as a result of Brexit still no clearer, maybe it’s time to turn our attention to a subject that can add a helpful direction for our industry.  The much-discussed productivity puzzle is a complex challenge, but effort in understanding the relevant factors for each business will aid competitiveness and, therefore, makes it a topic actually worth discussing.”


Scottish Engineering Brexit Statement – 4 July 2018

Scottish Engineering has polled its member companies on the continuing Brexit uncertainty.

The results of the survey can be found in the following link



Executive Interview – Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering

Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, was invited to take part in Carlyle Associates’ series of Executive Interviews and Industry Spotlights.  Jamie Brown, an Associate with Carlyle, met with Paul to discuss the outlook for Scotland’s engineering sector in 2018 and beyond, Scottish Engineering’s modernisation journey, and capitalising on the industry’s innovation opportunity.

You can read the full interview here


Heriot-Watt University – Business Breakfast – Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes



We are pleased to promote a Business Breakfast event on behalf of Heriot-Watt University:

Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018.  Time: 8.30am-10am.  

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West, 2 Research Ave S, Edinburgh, EH14 4BA.

Heriot-Watt University’s Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) scheme is fully funded by Skills Development Scotland and is a ground-breaking initiative, creating degree-qualified employees with the skills businesses need.  Graduate Apprenticeships are an opportunity to enhance business by supporting current and new employees to develop skills and talents.

This is a free event to attend, and more details can be found by clicking the link below:



The Data Protection Bill 2017-19 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018 and is now the Data Protection Act 2018.  This implements the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with effect from 25th May 2018.  The Data Protection Act 1998 has been repealed and replaced by the Data Protection Act 2018.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has now published various sets of guidance in relation to matters such as when it remains appropriate to rely on consent in relation to processing personal data, including implied consent and suggested periods for renewing consent, and also in relation to some of the individual rights, including the right of access and the right to object.

2018 LEGAL UPDATE – Friday 7th September 2018

This seminar will provide an overview of recent case law developments and discussion of changes to employment law in 2018.  The following topics will be covered during the seminar:

The Taylor Review – Good Working Practices

Termination Payments – Revised Tax Treatment

Discrimination Case Law Update  Burden of Proof, Disability, Shared Parental Pay

GDPR – Where are we now?

Employment Tribunals Update – Fees, Devolution, Case Load

Brexit – Treatment of EU Citizens currently in the UK

Bereavement Leave – A Private Member’s Bill

Case Law Update – Recent Cases of Interest

Numbers will be limited to 40.

Click here for more information on how to book and payment options


Heriot-Watt University – Graduate Apprenticeships

Heriot-Watt University’s Graduate Apprenticeship scheme, which is fully funded by Skills Development Scotland, is a ground-breaking initiative, creating degree-qualified employees with the skills for your engineering business needs.  For employers, Graduate Apprenticeships are an opportunity to enhance business, by supporting current and new employees to develop skills and talents.  Applications are currently open for a range of course starting this September, including Engineering, Design & Manufacture; IT Management for Business; IT Software Development; Civil Engineering; Construction & Built Environment and Business Management.

To find out more about the Graduate Apprenticeship programmes, please send an email to or visit the website