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Business Competitiveness Programme

SMMT’s Business Competitiveness Programme is designed to help businesses working in UK automotive to strengthen themselves and be as competitive as possible in a post-Brexit world. Through webinars, seminars, white papers and more, the programme will ensure that the latest informative analysis is available to members to assist with planning and decision making.

Topics such as customs, trade, employment and immigration will remain staples of the programme and will be joined by new topics as they arrive such as supply chain analysis and mental health in the workplace.

Assistance in this programme is provided by the expert advisors at the companies below. Their teams will contribute thought leadership and advice and their contact information is available for those who would like to seek out further support.

For questions regarding these topics or the programme please contact

Previous webinars

Business Preparedness Programme: Customs

16 March 10:00 – 11:00

In our latest webinar, SMMT will be joined by customs expert Howard Levene. We will look in detail at customs facilitations such as customs warehousing, transit and returned goods relief which may mitigate some of the impacts being experienced since the UK left the transition period with the EU. The webinar will last one hour and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Lloyd Mulkerrins, Policy Manager, SMMT
Howard Levene, Consultant, Five Lanes Consultancy

Register here

Listen to previous webinars

Tuesday 1 December

Business Preparedness 2021 was a trade focused event that will get you ready for the changes that 2021 will bring.

The event focused on the practical with opportunities to find out how the UK’s negotiations will affect you and a unique chance to have your trade preparedness questions answered by our panel of experts.

Attendees heard from industry leaders on the burning topics including:

  • The latest UK-EU negotiations
  • Customs, tariffs rules of origin and market access
  • IT and data management
  • Trading relationships and new market opportunities



Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT

Sally Jones, Partner – UK Trade Policy, EY

Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Institute of Export and International Trade.

Siobhan Aarons, Global Trade and Customs Counsel, Delphi Diesel Systems Limited


Business Preparedness Programme – Transition support webinar

15 December

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22 December

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Business Preparedness Programme – Immigration

17 November

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19th August

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Business Preparedness Programme – Regulation

10 November

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8 September

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Business Preparedness Programme – Rules of origin

3 November

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22 September

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2 February

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Business Preparedness Programme – Customs

27 October

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11th August

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3 December

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19 January 

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16 February 

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Business Preparedness Programme – UK and EU Negotiations

6 October

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