International Services

SMMT International Advisory Network

SMMT Associates providing international services

The directory below is aimed to support British automotive or mobility companies doing business overseas, or international companies looking to set up in the UK.

Any services provided are between the service provider and customer, and do not involve SMMT.

If your company provides international services to business and would like to join the SMMT International Advisory Network , please contact the International team.


AlixPartners has worked with clients around the world for over 40 years, helping businesses respond to challenges when everything is on the line–from urgent performance improvement to complex restructuring, from risk mitigation to accelerated transformation.

Andrew Bergbaum, Managing Director
Julie Stott, EMEA Commercial Director
Incentives for SMMT members: AlixPartners will offer sessions to SMMT members to talk though the Global Automotive Outlook


Creation of FVL tender processes, partner and facilities selection recommendations for OEMs, operational process mapping, re-configuration of vehicle compounds, review and recommendation of distribution models for vehicles and parts, analysis of vehicle flows from factory to final sales point, new and used vehicle registration analysis and EV charging infrastructure advice.

Tom Jacobson, CEO/Founder
Incentives for SMMT members: By negotiation

Browne Jacobson

Browne Jacobson is a widely recognised as a national powerhouse with a broad international reach. Through our close working relationships with leading lawyers in other jurisdictions, we provide our UK clients with overseas interests and international clients access to high quality, specialist legal advice efficiently at good value for money.

Giles Parsons, Partner
Sandra Wong, Senior Associate


Established automotive research, consultancy, and programme support services.

Focus on body and chassis technologies, ADAS & CAV, electrification, safety, regulations, materials, manufacturing, supply chain and environment. Partners worldwide include OEMs, Tier X suppliers, petrochemical & metal processors, insurance, finance, academic, and emergency service sectors.

Pro-bono STEM education and Standards support.

Alan Thomas, Director – Consultancy and Research
Incentives for SMMT members: Half-hour no charge for SMMT members

Data Interchange PLC

Data Interchange delivers B2B integration via EDI for global supply chains (up and downstream), also internal data transfers and processing. Adaptable solutions: on-premise and cloud with self-service, expert on-call support to managed services. Consulting for global expansion and EDI adoption strategies via rapid and cost-effective global trading partner onboarding.

Holly Scott-Donaldson, Key Account Manager

DEKRA Automotive UK

Competition among manufacturers, leasing companies and dealerships in the automobile industry is fierce. Founded on rock solid experience and a passion for the business, our expertise steers your team toward peak performance in the sales arena and at the same time ensures peak experiences for your customers.

Nicolas Reisinger, Head of Sales


At EY, we are dedicated to helping organisations solve challenges and realise their greatest ambitions; from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies, the work we do with them is as varied as they are.

Through our service lines; Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions, and Tax, we help clients capitalise on transformative opportunities. We help them fulfill regulatory requirements, keep investors informed and meet the needs of their stakeholders.

David Borland, UK&I Automotive Lead


GiPA is an automotive aftermarket intelligence company. With a footprint in over 30 countries, GiPA support their clients understanding the aftermarket landscape as well as the specifies and opportunities for new entrants with regular surveys, forecasting tools and bespoke projects.

Quentin Le Hetet, GiPA UK – Director
Incentives for SMMT members: 5% on any bespoke project

Gowling WLG

As an international, sector-focused law firm with a strong track-record in Automotive, Gowling WLG is here to help you succeed. With over 1,500 legal professionals in the UK, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Asia and South America, we provide our clients with a suite of legal services at home and abroad.

Stuart Young, Partner and Head of Automotive

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Whether you’re expanding into new markets, entering the UK or maximising the value of existing operations then Grant Thornton’s global network of more than 58,000 people in over 130 countries can help. Our teams are leading experts in tax, audit and advisory, with UK-based country business groups offering in-depth local market expertise in your native language. We specialise in connecting mid-market companies with the people and experience they need to operate with confidence.

Melanie Frean, International Business Centre Director
Oliver Bridge, Head of Automotive
Incentives for SMMT Members: Complimentary 30 minute chat with a business adviser

Henshin Group Ltd

Based in the UK and Italy, Henshin group Ltd are owners and developers of the “MOVENS™” open source mobility platform and “MOVENS EYE™” the latest in battery management systems for both Electric vehicles and energy systems. MOVENS powers Carsharing and subscription services and can also be utilised for traditional rental services.

Graham Manchester (UK)
Domenico Mangiacapra (Italy)

Institute of Export and International Trade

The Institute of Export & International Trade was founded in 1935 as a charity. Its purpose is to enhance the UK’s export performance and professionalise those involved in international trade through training and education. They are the leading membership body for businesses or individuals that trade internationally with 7000+ members. Over half the membership are involved in manufacturing with the IOE&IT representing the complete supply chain: from manufacturing to logistics. Support is provided by the UK’s leading in-house team of trade and customs experts who help supply chain businesses to reduce risk, ensure compliance and provide a competitive advantage.

Paul Brooks, UK Manufacturing Trade Lead

JS Management

We track daily changes in the UK franchised dealer networks, and present these in a database driven map interface – Autosites.

In Autosites, site location data can easily be viewed alongside vehicle registration data. Dealer sites can also be queried by ownership and type, via simple point and click operations.

David Hallett, Director

Konduit Ltd

Start and grow your business in the British, German and other European markets with our pragmatic and cost-effective business development activities and an extensive multi-level network throughout the automotive and other mobility sectors.

Wolfgang Dieter, MD
Incentives for SMMT members: Free confidential initial consultation

Mercer Marsh Benefits

We support businesses looking to grow their international footprint by establishing employee benefit & reward programmes, meeting local legal requirements on benefits, and procuring the best solutions and terms for these. We support short term assignments, global mobility of employees, and permanent setup in international markets, as well as global automotive helping firms setting up in the UK.

Sam Wallace, Head of Automotive
Incentives for SMMT members: Employee Benefits Audit for UK firms free of charge

Ocean Bridge Management

Ocean Bridge Management (OBM) creates global business and investment opportunities with a specialty in Japan, UK and Europe, based on our extensive network of government, industry, and academia. We work both in Japan and the UK/ Europe with automotive companies to facilitate market entry, partnerships and investment.

Mrs. Masako Eguchi Bacon, CEO

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm which offers its clients a range of legal and wider professional services. Our expertise spans multiple sectors with a specific focus on manufacturing, automotive and technology. As a firm we work with traditional blue chips to disruptive new market players and are involved in numerous industry and governmental initiatives surrounding the future of mobility.

Ben Gardner, Senior Associate

Quick Release

Business units in Germany, Spain, Michigan, California and Australia offering Master data management; Engineering management; Build management; Supply chain management; Operational performance improvement inc. Total value management in local languages through a combination of experienced PDM heads, consultants and bespoke digital tools. Chinese speakers also available.

Jamie Alexander, Associate Director
Incentives for SMMT members: No fixed discount, but we’ll ensure figures are rounded down instead of up.

Reddie & Grose LLP

Reddie & Grose is an internationally renowned firm of UK and European intellectual property attorneys offering an integrated approach to IP. We provide expert advice on global protection for all aspects of patents, trade marks and designs, and on global IP strategy. Our Future Transport team, which includes chartered, mechanical and automotive engineers, some with PhDs, works with start-ups, SMEs and multinationals alike.

Paul Loustalan, Partner, Patent Attorney 
Incentives for SMMT members: Reddie & Grose will offer free initial sessions to SMMT members to talk through their IP strategy and/or to educate SMMT members on various aspects of intellectual property.


With around 3,650 partners and staff in the UK and access to 48,000 people in over 120 countries across the RSM network, we can meet our clients’ needs wherever in the world they operate.

Richard Bartlett-Rawlings, Head of Automotive Manufacturing 

Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive

Key service provider in the field of automotive logistics within the UK, Rudolph and Hellmann Automotive offer our AEO-C to existing and future clients, enabling exporters to the UK to benefit from simplified customs declarations with faster clearances at the UK border and reduced Customs check delays.

We are here to offer our services to international businesses looking to operate in the UK and also through our parent companies are able to support UK companies looking to trade overseas.

Stewart Kelly, Business Development Manager

Santander UK

Santander has an international footprint with presence in 10 core countries and many more via our network of alliances. We’re committed to supporting UK businesses grow international, and through our sector and country experts and ecosystem partners, we could offer a full range of solutions to meet their trading needs.

Halil Bedevi, UK Head of Advanced Manufacturing Sectors

Shakespeare Martineau

Shakespeare Martineau is a national law firm with a global reach. We advise UK based and international businesses and individuals on a wide range of legal services across many industry sectors including automotive, technology, energy, education and investment funds.

The firm is the UK member firm of Multilaw, a global alliance of law firms enabling the firm to successfully deliver legal services in multiple jurisdictions across the world.

Matthew Sutton, Partner
Incentives for SMMT members: Free consultation call with Matthew

Smithers Automotive Services

Global excellence in automotive material, component and product performance and compliance. Five facilities across the UK, Asia and North America. Expert support includes product testing, materials testing and chemical analysis – from material performance evaluations to extensive testing of products and components such as hoses, wheels and tires.

Alistair Kirkwood, Director of Business Development

SMMT Industry Forum

Industry Forum was formed to improve the performance and effectiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain in a unique collaboration between UK government, SMMT and OEMs to develop revolutionary new models and interventions for best practice improvement. Today, IF clients span a huge variety of diverse sectors, in 30 countries across five continents and helps organisations be more competitive.
Incentives for SMMT members: SMMT Industry Forum provides 10% discount on all its services to SMMT members during their first year of membership.

Squire Patton Boggs

Our Automotive team is a best-in-class, cross-disciplinary practice and truly a part of the firm’s heritage. We represent manufacturers, OEMs and suppliers – and we have represented automobile companies for as long as there have been cars. Our expansive global footprint enables us to support automotive businesses whenever and wherever they need us, advising on issues, opportunities and challenges, as the industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, transformation and investment with new technologies disrupting the landscape. These include CAVs, social mobility, 4IR/ IoT, product liability, environmental and sustainability, Brexit and international trade, compliance, regulation, data protection, IP and cybersecurity.

Simon Jones, Partner


Teneo is the global CEO advisory firm. Working exclusively with the CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies, Teneo provides strategic counsel to develop and execute their key priorities.

Teneo’s dedicated Automotive experts have a track record of supporting clients across management consulting, investor relations, strategic communications, government affairs, restructuring and geopolitical risk analysis to navigate periods of changing regulations, consumer tastes, supply and demand fluctuations, Brexit preparedness and most recently the disruption from COVID-19.

Sandy Duncan, Senior Managing Director
Tim Burt, Senior Managing Director

VDE Testing and Certification Institute

Testing and Certification by the VDE Institute ensures trouble-free mobility. Data security and external vulnerability are also tested in the form of cyber and IT security tests in the overall system that includes the charging infrastructure, charging stations and wall boxes. Furthermore, we offer services in the fields of EMC, chemical product safety and sustainability, environmental simulations, and battery testing, among others. The VDE mark for electrotechnical products indicates conformity with VDE regulations or European or internationally harmonized standards. Cooperation agreements in more than 50 countries ensure that the tests performed by the VDE Institute are internationally recognised, enabling access to the Global Market.

Zee Ellahi, Commercial Director – TIC Industry (UK/NI)

For more information please contact the International Team.