SMMT Member Services

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 and COVID-19 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 and regulatory changes will remain staples of the programme and will be joined by new topics such as supply chain analysis, electrification and sustainability.

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.

Providers partaking in the Business Competitveness Programme are:

  • Deloitte

    Deloitte is the largest professional services company worldwide with more than 285,000 employees offering services across 5 areas; Audit & Assurance, Consulting, Financial Advisory, Risk Advisory and Tax & Legal.

    Our global automotive practice offers extensive expertise and in-depth functional know-how. We provide services to 78% of the manufacturing companies on the Fortune Global 500. Which include 27 of the 34 global automotive companies, 20 of the 24 manufactures of industrial products. We serve a wide range of vertical markets, including passenger car/commercial vehicle, recreational/off-road OEMs, all various tiers of the OEM supply-chains, as well as the dealer groups and captive finance companies.

    Deloitte offer a broad and comprehensive set of services associated with all the services areas listed.

    Contact Info

    Sarah Noble (, D: +44 20 7007 5177 | M: +44 7867 156449) for more information.


    Deloitte will invest in potential relationships with SMMT members through offering a discount on our standard hourly rates, which we will discuss in the course of agreeing engagements.


    Deloitte MCS Limited is registered in England and Wales with registered number 03311052 and its registered office at Hill House, 1 Little New Street, London, EC4A 3TR, United Kingdom.

    Deloitte MCS Limited is a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, which is the United Kingdom affiliate of Deloitte NSE LLP, a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”). DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL and Deloitte NWE LLP do not provide services to clients. Please see to learn more about our global network of member firms.

  • Gowling WLG

    Gowling WLG is built on the belief that the best way to serve you is to be in tune with your world, aligned with your opportunity and ambitious for your success. Gowling WLG clients get access to in-depth knowledge in key global sectors and a suite of legal services. With over 1,500 legal professionals worldwide and broad experience in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help you rise to the challenges you face – both today, and tomorrow.

    Gowling WLG are able to offer advice and services on Electrification, Supply Chain, Trade, Customs and Regulatory Changes.

    Contact Information

    Please see each topic for the relevant Gowling WLG contact.


    Gowling WLG will offer SMMT members up to 10% discount on our standard rates.


    Scope will be agreed for each matter and conflict searches will be carried out at the outset.

  • Grant Thornton

    Your business needs support that goes beyond. Personal, proactive, and agile. That’s Grant Thornton.

    We go beyond business as usual, so you can too. We make business more personal by investing in building relationships. Whether you’re growing in one market or many, you consistently get a great service you can trust. We work at a pace that matters – yours – bringing both flexibility and rigour. We celebrate fresh thinking and diverse perspectives to bring you positive progress.

    Grant Thornton offer services associated with Customs, Electrification, Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Supply Chain.

    Contact Information

    James A Shields, Industrials BD Manager, Marketing and Business Development (, D +44 (0)1908 359589 | M +44 (0)7785 973000 | T +44 (0)1908 660666) for more information.

  • Squire Patton Boggs

    We provide access to well over 1500 highly qualified lawyers, many of whom have years of experience in advising automotive companies in all parts of the world on all aspects of their business dealings. Our clients include many OEMs/manufacturers, tier 1 and tier 2 component suppliers, retailer dealer groups, distributors, motor traders, fleet providers, logistics and financiers/finance companies

    We believe that, to succeed in today’s ever-changing global marketplace, you need lawyers who bring an in-depth understanding of local cultures, economies, laws, governments, trends and business climates in order to anticipate and react quickly to changes in the market. In so doing, we offer access to lawyers who have broad knowledge and understanding of their respective markets, including how those markets were developed, their peculiarities, their drivers, their rules and regulations. In so doing, we pride ourselves in delivering fresh thinking, rigorous questioning and pragmatic advice which will help you to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving markets.

    In addition to providing advice on a local basis, we work fluidly and efficiently across borders for many of our clients. In so doing, we can quickly mobilize cross-border teams for you as and when international opportunities and challenges arise.

    We look forward to speaking with you.

    We have have one of the strongest and most respected automotive practices in the world which delivers cutting edge advise to our clients in all topics listed, alongside many others.

    Contact Information

    Simon Jones (, M: +44 785 006 2155) for more information.


    Squire Patton Boggs will offer any automotive company that approaches us as a member of SMMT with a 5% discount on our standard hourly rates which will then be used to calculate focussed estimates for any advice that you may require.


    Please feel free to contact Simon for a no obligation conversation regarding any of your requirements for legal services. Simon will then discuss with you or will put you in touch with the most appropriate lawyer in our business to explore your initial questions and to develop and agree a scope of work with you in case you wish to proceed with formal advice. Before starting any work, you will just need to complete our standard client take-on and conflict checks.  

Previous Webinars

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