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2021 Webinars

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Business Competitiveness Programme

HMRC Rules of Origin webinar

9 September 14:00 – 15:00

The webinar will provide an explainer for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service process, including roles & responsibilities and process maps for imports & exports using GVMS. The webinar will also cover how to submit full, deferred and supplementary declarations, along with C88 & staged customs controls, tariffs and how to prove rules of origin.

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BCP 2: A guide to R&D tax credits

20 July 10:00 – 11:00

The UK’s diverse automotive industry is central to our economy and the Government is committed to providing incentives for projects that improve the technology used in the production of vehicles and promote a cleaner future for the UK. In this webinar, we will explore the approved tax incentives that encourage companies in all sectors to invest in R&D activities. This funding is available retrospectively for any projects that fulfil a simple set of criteria and can be claimed by all UK companies that invest in problem solving and technological developments. Our experts from Grant Thornton will deliver a presentation on the subject of R&D tax incentives then take questions from attendees.

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Business Preparedness Programme: Understanding Customs Authorisations with HMRC

6 July 10:00 – 11:00

As a result of the UKs exit from the EU there are new processes and procedures to move goods between the two territories. We will be joined by HMRC in this webinar to cover the common customs authorisations that businesses are applying for, what the benefits and uses of each of these are and the common errors HMRC see businesses make when applying for these authorisations. HMRC may also use the opportunity to highlight to businesses the changes that will be coming with the implementation of full customs controls on 01 January 2022. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions during the webinar.

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BCP1: Automotive insight and supply chain issues

22 June 10:00 – 11:00

The Business Competitiveness Programme (BCP) is a new webinar series focussing on businesses support and improving competitiveness in the marketplace. SMMT will be joined by Andrew Bergbaum of AlixPartners who will be sharing insight from their new Automotive Report and discussing issues affecting the UK supply chain, including semiconductors. As always, there will be a chance to ask questions in advance and following the presentation.

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Business Preparedness Programme: People - Customs

27 April 10:00 – 11:00

Since our last customs webinar, UK government have made a number of customs-related announcements. This webinar will cover these announcements and what it means for your business. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

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Business Preparedness Programme: People - Immigration and Mobility

30 March 14:00 – 15:00

For this webinar SMMT will be joined by the Home Office who will provide attendees with an overview of the UK Points Based Immigration System and what companies are required to do if they are looking to recruit from outside of the UK. In addition, we hope to cover the mobility provisions agreed as part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and how these impact the movement of people between the UK and EU. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

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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.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Customs

16 February 10:00 – 11:00

In our fourth webinar of the year SMMT will be joined by customs experts from Squire Patton Boggs. 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 the opportunity to ask questions.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Rules of Origin

2 February 10:00 – 11:00

Grant Thornton will be discussing how Rules of Origin in the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement will impact the Automotive industry and how they are applied. There will be a mix of practical examples, sources of information and thoughts on the interaction with the Government’s Net Zero emissions targets.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Customs

19 January 10:00 – 11:00

Since the UK left the transition period with the European Union on the 31 December there has been a fundamental change in how goods are moved between Great Britain and the European Union. In our second webinar of the year, SMMT will be joined by trade and customs experts from PWC to look in detail at the new customs and border requirements to move goods between both Great Britain and the European Union and Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There will be an opportunity to ask your questions at the end of the presentation.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Customs and Tariffs

10 December 14:00 – 16:30

The ‘Business Preparedness Webinar – Type Approval’ is the next of a series of webinars aimed at ensuring all SMMT members are prepared to comply with the new regulatory requirements as of January 2021. This webinar focuses on type approval requirements from 1 January, including on the obligations faced by Small Series Type-Approval (SSTA) certificates holders (both UK National, EC and issued by VCA or other authorities) with regard to the introduction of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Representatives from the UK Department for Transport will update SMMT members on the latest Government position and will be available for an exchange of views with SMMT members.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Customs and Tariffs

3 December 10:00 – 11:00

With just under a month to go until the new customs arrangements come into force for trading between Great Britain and the EU this webinar will discuss the UK government’s plans for the Great Britain border from 01 January 2021, what businesses can expect when importing and exporting between Great Britain and the EU and what steps can be taken to prepare. SMMT will also provide the latest insights into the UK-EU negotiations.

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Business Preparedness Programme – Rules of origin

3 November 15:00 – 16:00

To support members preparedness for the end of the transition period, SMMT will be joined by one of its consultancy partners to cover tariffs and rules of origin. During this webinar we will walk you through the UK’s Global Tariff schedule which will come into effect from 01 January 2021 and how it differs from the EU’s Common External Tariff, what proving origin is and the types of documentation companies will need to complete for moving goods between the UK and EU. SMMT will also provide the latest insights into the UK-EU negotiations.

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International

Automotive in South East Asia: Indonesia & Thailand

14 October

This SMMT webinar looked at Thailand and Indonesia – the two largest vehicle producers and markets in the region. We were joined by speakers from the Thai Board of Investment and Department for International Trade, Indonesia.

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Production Outlook 2021

Production Outlook 2021

24 March 10:30 – 11:30

Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis will present his latest outlook for UK and European car and light vehicle production through to 2026. The outlook is the first since the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was reached in December. It will consider prospects given both business and political announcements to date, including the on-going impacts of Covid and supply disruptions from semiconductor chip shortages. SMMT will introduce the webinar with a scene setting economic and market outlook. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and challenge Ian/SMMT’s views – any questions in advance would be most welcome.

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Production Outlook 2021

25 November

Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis will present his latest outlook for UK and European car and light vehicle production through to 2026. The outlook will consider the industry’s prospects given both business and political announcements to date, being almost a year on from leaving the EU, the on-going impacts of Covid and supply disruptions (notably from semiconductor chips) and the transition to net zero.

SMMT will introduce the webinar with a scene setting economic and market outlook. There will be opportunity to ask questions and challenge Ian/SMMT’s views – any questions in advance would be most welcome.

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Automotive Industry Priorities

SMMT Automotive Industry Priorities 2021 webinar

28 January 14:00 – 15:00

SMMT's Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, will discuss industry's priorities for 2021 and outline the SMMT business plan and priorities in responding to some of the key issues we expect in the forthcoming year.

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Automotive Industry Priorities 2019

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COP 26

Meet the Buyer October 2021 insights and advice webinar

21 October

The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The UK government has positioned itself as world leader in the fight against climate change and has committed to net zero by 2050. A key lever to achieving this is the decarbonisation of road transport and have already set dates for when the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans should end.

This webinar will provide information about the conference from the government and COP Partner, The Climate Group and discuss the role of UK Automotive in achieving climate change targets.

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Meet the Buyer

Meet the Buyer October 2021 insights and advice webinar

8 September 10:00 – 10:30

SMMT will be running a short webinar to explain how to take part in Meet the Buyer October 2021 as a supplier.
The team will introduce the event, explain who is involved and let you know what to expect on the day.
You will also find out how to complete the three event registration process steps:

  • How to complete the Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • How to complete the event registration
  • How to attach yourself to right commodities

For more information, visit the Meet the Buyer page.

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Additive Manufacturing - A roundtable discussion

10 March 14:00 – 15:00

Join our virtual panel on the 10th March for a lively discussion and insights from James Hawkins, Director, Printing Portal, Michael Whitens, Consultant to the Automotive Industry and Aaron Delong, HP 3D WW Automotive lead and hosted by David Wong, Senior Technology and Innovation Manager from SMMT.

Topic areas that will be discussed include:

• What is the "new normal" going to look like and how is that going to affect working teams?
• What does the digital workflow look like and what are the tools that are required?
• What are the future trends that the panel see in the next 3-5 years?

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