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Engineering trade body goes national

01 February, 2003

Engineering trade body goes national

A regional engineering trade association serving the South West of England is changing its name to the British Engineering Manufacturers` Association (BEMA) and expanding its membership across the UK. The organisation, formerly known as the Bristol and Western Engineering Manufacturers` Association, is initially targeting small and medium sized engineering businesses located along the M4 corridor and near the M5.

BEMA director John Whitlow says the organisation will offer support services and assistance, particularly to smaller firms. "By expanding nationally," he says, "many more businesses will benefit from our hands-on approach and, at the same time, a bigger BEMA will have a more powerful voice in manufacturing matters."

The organisation`s new name was unveiled by CBI director-general Digby Jones at a ceremony in Bristol. He pointed out that BEMA "has had the unenviable task of working in one of the hardest hit sectors," adding that its national expansion delivered "a strong and positive message".

"We will be doing our utmost to lobby for changes in Government policy to give British manufacturers a level playing field," says Whitlow. "Up-skilling the labour force is essential for the long-term survival of the sector, but we`re also pushing for initiatives to encourage investment in modern plant and equipment".

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