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Industry must be quick off the blocks in 2024

01 February 2024 #TNB News

For any business aiming to thrive in Britain and globally during these times of challenge and opportunity, establishing strategic business partnerships is essential. As the voice of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, one of SMMT’s key roles is providing businesses of all sizes with valuable networking opportunities – both in the UK through member groups, committees, and regional and national events, and internationally, with opportunities to network, and join trade missions and pavilions around the world. Such platforms provide a space to build relationships with potential customers, foster collaboration and share critical knowledge that might otherwise be missed.

To name a few over the coming months, SMMT’s Regional Networking event series offers members free opportunities to connect and learn with peers, with the latest in Milton Keynes on 28 February, including a visit to a distinguished innovator and global market leader in arc welding – specifically, robot-assisted welding.

SMMT Connected 2024, meanwhile, will be one of SMMT’s flagship events this year. Taking place in Westminster on 14 March, delegates will get unparalleled opportunities to discuss and showcase innovations in connected and automated vehicle technology, with hundreds of senior industry and government stakeholders, experts and media set to attend. As with many of our events, SMMT members can register for a free ticket. And members are already involved in events in Westminster, with SMMT hosting an industry showcase at Portcullis House to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week next week, helping raise the profile of industry’s priorities for boosting skills and recruitment with MPs.

Like automotive as a whole, the commercial vehicle sector is very much one of regional diversity. Thousands of leading and emerging businesses and fleet operators from across the UK will head to the NEC Birmingham for the Commercial Vehicle Show during 23-25 April. Last year’s event attracted more than 11,000 attendees, solidifying its status as a premier industry gathering and networking opportunity, and we look forward to another impactful event that will generate business leads – with one created every seven seconds last year – and growth through the very latest products. Registration is free, so get your ticket locked in now.

Making informed and futureproofed investments in new technology has never been more important for the commercial vehicle sector. As we navigate our drive to net zero, and building connections, sharing knowledge and finding innovative solutions together is so important to our success. SMMT’s network serves as a cornerstone for this collaboration. If your company is interested in exploring SMMT membership and what we offer, please get in touch.

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