20 March 2019 #Uncategorised

With the uncertainty created by Brexit there is a need to prepare for the changes which may come as a result of the UK leaving the EU. Many companies are unsure of where to start their analysis or simply ‘don’t

15 March 2019 #Uncategorised

There are spaces available on the UK pavilion at Automechanika Shanghai from 3-6 December 2019 for businesses looking to promote their efforts overseas. There is a TAP grant available of £2,500 to contribute towards the cost of the event. Get

15 March 2019 #CEO Update

Despite the overwhelming majority in the House of Commons this week against a ‘no deal’ departure from the European Union, the threat of a cliff-edge Brexit still looms large on 29 March. Without a change to the law passed to

08 March 2019 #Uncategorised

EVS is one of the largest international exhibitions in the field of electric vehicles and is the ideal place for companies to exhibit their latest technologies and research. SMMT is organising the UK pavilion with pods costing £2,500 + VAT,

08 March 2019 #CEO Update

This week saw the launch of Mission Automotive, an exciting new initiative that aims to find ex-armed forces personnel employment in the car industry. It’s being coordinated by the team behind Mission Motorsport, which SMMT has supported for a number

01 March 2019 #CEO Update

UK car manufacturing figures were published this week, showing an -18.2% decline for production in January. It’s hugely concerning that we’ve now seen eight successive months of decline, in part due to falling domestic demand for cars, but worryingly we’re

22 February 2019 #Uncategorised

Tap (Tradeshow access programme) grants grants are available from the government for trade shows that SMMT will be attending in 2019, covering EVs, batteries and other technologies. These include EVS32 in France, JSAE in Japan and the Battery Show USA.

22 February 2019 #CEO Update

Honda’s announcement this week that it plans to close its Swindon plant in 2021 is devastating news for the people who work directly for the company but also for those in the supply chain, and a blow to UK automotive

15 February 2019 #CEO Update

Used car sales figures were released by SMMT this week, with the UK market ending 2018 -2.1% down on the year before. With only 167,980 fewer second hand cars changing hands during the 12 months it was the third highest

15 February 2019 #Uncategorised

The UK’s leading trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production has launched its visitor registration for the event, which takes place 4-6 June 2019. Held in association with SMMT, the event will return to the NEC in Birmingham,

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