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  • Automotive Proposition for the Midlands

    Resource Types: Regional Brochure

    front-coverAre 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:

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

  • Automotive Council: UK International Competitiveness Survey

    Resource Types: Survey

    auto-council-logo_col-2In November 2015, the Automotive Council published its first report on the International Competitiveness of the UK Automotive Industry. The aim of the report was to illustrate the UK’s competitiveness advantages, and to identify where additional attention from government and industry would optimise the UK’s attractiveness
    for R&D and manufacturing.

    Since then the report has been widely reported and used in industry and government – it is available on the Automotive Council website at the following address here.

    Please click here for a see link to the questionnaire in which you will be asked to identify the key factors driving investment decisions.

    All replies from the survey go to an independent third party, and will not be seen by anyone from another company. Information from the surveys will be aggregated and will not be attributed to any respondent.

    We also encourage you to pass on the survey to companies in your supply chain; the larger the response the more credible and objective our report will be. Companies who reply to the survey will receive a copy of the International Competitiveness report in advance of publication, and will have the opportunity to comment.

    This survey provides a unique opportunity for our industry to give objective guidance to both the Automotive Council and the government in a way which can strengthen the UK’s automotive sector for the long term.

  • Supplier Readiness Event – Speaker presentations

    Resource Types: Presentation

    event-image-for-eventbriteOn Tuesday 17th October 2017, Drive Midlands assembled a group of senior people from within the automotive industry to share their insights on the latest automotive opportunities and how to get into better shape to capitalise on them at an event entitled ‘Supplier Readiness’.

    Among the speaker line up included WMG, Toyota and Department for International Trade. The vent was aimed at Managing Directors, Sales and Business Development Directors and Managers of companies currently supplying or with an ambition to supply the automotive industry at all tiers.

    Please see below for links to the speakers presentations:


  • SMMT Funding and Support Guide

    Resource Types: Funding

    smmt-logoSMMT’s Funding and Support Guide, available for free, brings together sources of money and support useful for businesses active in the automotive sector.

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  • Are electric cars an aspirational purchase at last?

    Resource Types: Article

    Mills and ReeveIt’s a long road ahead, but could new electric vehicles see an end to the internal combustion engine?

    It wasn’t long ago that if you mentioned electric vehicles (EVs) you would most likely imagine a golf buggy or a driverless monorail accessing airports or leisure parks. No more. Now we have the £100k+ BMW i8, a “plug-in-hybrid” which can reach 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and the equally impressive Tesla Model S with its fully electric kWh all-wheel drive, which can accelerate to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds. They are already becoming the envy of the school pick-up and boasting these amazing performance figures, are exciting even serious petrol heads (who incidentally will need to look for a new collective noun in the future).

    These new models are the pinnacle of what is definitely now a seismic and systemic change in the automotive world and reflects changing attitudes. It may even signal the end of the internal combustion engine – but not for some time yet as, pun intended, it is a long road to when that will be completely the case and this article explains a little bit about why that has to be the case.

    To continue reading this article please click on view.

  • Essential Skills for Manufacturers – Industry Forum

    Resource Types: Training

    if-logo-large-secondaryOur trainers are expert practitioners with hands-on industrial experience and highly developed communication skills. They have a wealth of technical expertise and often provide on-site advice and coaching. During every course we will encourage collaboration and sharing of practical experiences, ensuring learning can be put into context and empowering delegates to apply their new skills successfully in their workplace as well as making sustainable improvements.

    Open courses are delivered at our modern Learning Centre on Birmingham Business Park with easy access to major road, rail and air networks. Our naturally lit, air-conditioned training rooms enable you to concentrate on your learning in the best possible environment with excellent facilities, refreshments and plenty of workspace. If required we will be happy to recommend a selection of hotels in close proximity offering high levels of accommodation to suit your budget.

    Depending on your specific needs and location, we can deliver on-site courses in your own premises, saving you both time and travelling costs. You can choose different delivery methods, from one-to-one coaching or small group teaching, dependent on your requirements allowing you to tailor the training to the specific needs of your team.

    New training courses are now available for manufacturers, please click on view for training courses.



  • 2017 UK Automotive Sustainability Report

    Resource Types: Report

    smmt-logoThe 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

    bcc-logo_2The 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’.

  • Growing the Automotive Supply Chain: Local Vehicle Content Analysis

    Resource Types: Report

    auto-council-logo_col-2New 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.

  • Providing a Steer for the Driverless Supply Chain – speaker presentations

    Resource Types: Presentation

    event-image-2Mills & Reeve, in partnership with Drive Midlands, presented the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) event on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

    Confirmed speakers and panellists included representatives from TRLTransport for West Midlands, Tesla, Horiba Mira, JLR and KPMG (authors of the report for the SMMT on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity’).

    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: