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  • 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:

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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


  • 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’.

  • Lloyds Bank Automotive Report 2017

    Resource Types: Report

    Manufacturers in the automotive sector are looking to create new growth opportunities and significantly boost their investment in R&D, according to our latest research.
    Research for our third annual report was conducted following the result of the EU Referendum and it found the sector is optimistic about the future but keeping an eye on the long-term.
    Encouragingly, investment plans remained stable with manufacturers planning to invest 19 per cent of turnover in their business over the next two years. Job creation plans have held firm too, with the sector set to create around 85,000 new jobs before 2019.
    More key findings include:

    • 77% are investing in, or planning to engage new international customers in the next two years
    • Firms are forecasting an average growth of 15% of turnover over the next two years – up slightly from 14 per cent last year
    • 64% are planning to develop low carbon or electric vehicle technology
    • Businesses are planning to invest 24% of turnover in research and development over the next two years

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

  • Industrial Strategy Green Paper – A Midlands Automotive Supply Chain Response

    Resource Types: Report

    The automotive sector is of central importance to the UK as a source of employment and generator of growth through continued investment. It also drives a range of new technologies such as battery technology and energy storage for electric vehicles.

    Following the release by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper covering regulatory barriers, trade deals, innovation and skills, Drive Midlands was asked to coordinate a Midlands automotive industry response as to what a sector ‘deal’ might look like.

    Download our report on this response.

  • Drive Midlands Presents The Future’s Bright, The Futures Electric

    Resource Types: Presentation

    The popularity of electric cars has shot up over the last few years. Electric vehicles are well on the way to market acceptance. the-futures-bright-the-futures-electric-image-promo
    Most manufacturers have electric vehicle programmes – and it’s not just passenger cars but also commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
    We are currently on the threshold of a market revolution which will bring opportunities for the supply chain in powertrain, control systems and architecture.

    To help prepare for the opportunity, Drive Midlands staged their first in a series of events, for electric vehicle supply chain companies.

    Download the presentations from the day’s event.