The chance to network with innovative, well-informed automotive businesses and wider stakeholders is a huge advantage of SMMT membership, providing opportunities to form partnerships and accelerate growth at home and abroad.
As the champion of the UK’s auto sector, SMMT provides a vital wealth of events for industry to come together both home and round the world, from Regional Networking, Meet the Buyer, Meet the Van Converter and Advanced Engineering, to international pavilions and delegations in the likes of Dubai, South Korea and California. Then, there are key annual events, such as Regional Forum, the CV Show, Electrified, Automechanika, International Automotive Summit and Advanced Engineering – so it’s no surprise that businesses making the most of these opportunities are in the strongest position possible.
SMMT’s role in policymaking and public affairs also provides members with networking opportunities to leverage, with events such as the Apprentice Showcase and Parliamentary receptions – held at the likes of Portcullis House and the House of Commons – putting members in the spotlight to boost their profile among MPs and stakeholders.
Our members are particularly well-informed and connected thanks to SMMT’s groups and committees, which provide a seat at the table for industry representation, as well as regular point of contact and relationship-building with like-minded peers.
Later this month, SMMT’s Annual Dinner takes place in London as one of the most prestigious events in the automotive calendar, attended by up to 1,000 guests including senior representatives from industry, government and media. The last few places are available to book, and, in the next few weeks, SMMT will also announce the location and date of next year’s Regional Forum.
I would urge existing and prospective members to get involved, as in order to build strong business networks, we need to head out and meet people in person. To achieve that, there is ultimately no better partner to have than SMMT. Find out more about SMMT membership and how to join here.