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  • Automotive Proposition for the Midlands

    Resource Types: Regional Brochure

    Are you looking to set up or expand your automotive business in the UK? Look no further than the Midlands, UK.

    Positioned centrally among vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, the region provides optimum access to the UK automotive market including seven volume car manufacturers, seven commercial vehicle manufacturers, and 16 of the world’s top 20 automotive suppliers. This strategic location creates efficiencies in the supply chain, and contributes to the global competitiveness of the region.

    Don’t just take our word for it, download our Automotive Proposition for the Midlands Region brochure and find out for yourself.

    Regional contact details are provided in the brochure however for any other enquiries please contact us here:

  • 2017 UK Automotive Sustainability Report

    Resource Types: Report

    The UK automotive industry had another successful year in 2016, with production achieving the best performance since the turn of the century, record exports and an all-time high for new vehicle registrations. At the same time, manufacturers delivered on key environmental indicators, including CO2, energy, water and waste per vehicle produced, while improving their economic and social performance.

    For this report, we welcome three new signatories: Lotus, McLaren Automotive and ATP, a remanufacturing company, further enlarging the breadth of businesses this report covers. Lotus and McLaren Automotive join Aston Martin to give the report additional insight into the small volume manufacturing sector and you’ll find a specific focus on this sector on page 11. The total number of signatories has risen to a new high of 28, representing an even broader range of member company activities.

    In addition, for the first time, SMMT has undertaken a materiality assessment, examining current, emerging and future priorities of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, as well as other stakeholders, including government advisors, academics, charities, environmental NGOs and trade unions.

    The SMMT Sustainability Report 2017 is the 18th edition – the longest standing sector sustainability report.

    For more information please click ‘View’.

  • Business Growth Programme

    Resource Types: Funding

    The package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Please see the funding round schedule for the latest funding round dates.

    Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, the BGP builds on the successful delivery of the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme and the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme, all of which closed in 2015.

    Birmingham City Council has a track record in successfully delivering business support projects. In 2016, the council’s achievements were recognised by the Enterprising Britain Awards part of the government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK. The council won the “Improving the Business Environment” category, and also the highly coveted the “Most Enterprising Place in Britain” award.

    For more information please click ‘View’.

  • Investment accelerator pilot: Infrastructure Systems and Health and Life Sciences

    Resource Types: Funding


    UK businesses can apply for a share of £8.5 million to fund feasibility studies in infrastructure systems or health and life sciences.

    This is a pilot programme for Innovate UK, providing simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment in early stage projects led by UK companies.

    The programme will provide 100% of project costs. The aim is to:

    • bring private investors into Innovate UK grant-funded companies earlier, giving companies greater confidence that investment will continue after the project funding
    • give management teams more time to run the business rather than continually chasing investment
    • remove the need to find match funding
    • give companies direct access to commercial acumen and market opportunities

    This competition covers 2 sector groups: infrastructure systems and health and life sciences.

    It therefore has a large scope, comprising the following areas:

    Infrastructure systems

    • smart infrastructure
    • energy supply and systems
    • connected transport
    • urban living

    Health and life sciences

    • Agriculture biosciences
    • advanced therapies
    • medical technology
    • digital health

    The aim of this competition is to fund feasibility studies that explore and evaluate the commercial potential of innovative ideas.

    Registration opens: 08 May 2017, 00:00

    Registration closes: 28 Jun 2017, 12:00

    Closes: 05 Jul 2017, 12:00

    Award: £8.5 million

    Organisation: Innovate UK


    Click on ‘view’ to register.

  • Automotive Council News Release – Growing the Automotive Supply Chain: Local Vehicle Content Analysis

    Resource Types: Report

    • New Automotive Council study shows 44% of parts used to make UK cars now come from UK suppliers, up from 41% in 2015
    • UK car part makers boost turnover by £3.7 billion since 2011.
    • Long-term trend for reshoring continues – local content was just 36% in 2011

    Cars manufactured in Britain are becoming more British, according to a new Automotive Council study released today (June 2017).

    The report, Growing the Automotive Supply Chain – Local Vehicle Content Analysis, shows that 44% of all components used by UK car makers now come from domestic suppliers, compared with 41% in 2015 when the study was last carried out.

    Click on ‘View’ for the full report.

  • Automotive Council Technology Group: The Value of Design in the UK Automotive Sector 2016

    The UK has a strong international reputation for automotive design, and this strength in the early stages of the product development cycle is critical in successful product sales and in attracting further R&D work. To explore this, a factual analysis of the sector was required to enable the Automotive Council to identify what (if any) further support needs to be provided to sustain it.

    Specifically this research aimed to:

    • Understand the general strength of the UK automotive design sector

    • Understand what automotive design roles and skills are required to maintain it

    • Identify any relevant weaknesses within this part of the industry in order to put forward recommendations of where support may be needed.

    Please click ‘View’ to read this report.

  • Providing a Steer for the Driverless Supply Chain

    Mills & Reeve, in partnership with Drive Midlands, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) event, Tuesday 16 May.

    CAVs are no longer a question of “if” but rather of “when”. Recent activity includes:

    Following on from our successful Driverless Revolution event in Manchester, we are once again bringing together industry leaders to discuss the benefits and barriers to losing the driver from the cars on our streets. We will also hear about the potential opportunities for the automotive supply chain which are presented by the new technologies, and how to capitalise on them whilst avoiding the pitfalls.

    Confirmed speakers and panellists include representatives from TRL,Transport for West Midlands, Horiba Mira, JLR and KPMG (authors of the report for the SMMT on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity’). We’re also delighted to confirm that Tesla will be joining us to provide attendees with exclusive access to one of their semi-autonomous vehicles.

    This event was aimed at automotive businesses and non-automotive businesses involved in the CAV market and companies looking for market entry.

    Please see below for links to the speakers presentations:


  • Top 10 tips for agreeing lease terms

    Mills and ReeveFinding the right property to trade from is a one of the most important decisions that any business will make. Having found the right property it is important to ensure that the lease that you sign up to provides the flexibility and certainty that you require in order to make operating from those premises a success.

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  • Putting the brakes on the automotive sector boom

    Mills and ReeveIt is well established that the availability of skilled operators is a key measure for industry. With the UK automotive sector thriving, the ever increasing skills shortage highlights a growing threat to the sector. It is becoming clear that a combination of the evolution of technologies, products and services and the demand for higher skilled workers is becoming a priority. However, the skills that people are learning and the skills required by employers are not aligned.

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  • What happens when no one wants their own car anymore?

    Mills and ReeveWe all remember our first car and the excitement and sense of freedom that came with it even if it wasn’t the smartest or newest model on the road! And in later life if we’re lucky enough to be able to afford a slightly more expensive model, for many, cars can become a status symbol.

    But what if this desire to own was taken away and replaced instead with a desire for convenience and a “pay as you go” approach? Much has been made in the media that Generation Y is more interested in a usage model than owning goods. As a result, will we see a shift in the long held and traditional model of how we own and use cars? If we do make this change to a hire system, what does that mean for the various stakeholders in the automotive industry?

    Read more on this article by clicking on ‘View’.