A new partnership has been formed between the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) and Business Manchester, which aims to bring a new level of automotive expertise and sector awareness to our readers.
The NAA is an independent, not-for-profit company, which provides a membership service, combined with a project management delivery function, to the automotive community. The NAA supports micro-companies through to our local major vehicle manufacturers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Vauxhall and McLaren, offering a diverse service using its established networks. This includes the provision of training, events (one per month), funding applications and strategic, business and technical advice.
The NAA have a large number of members located in Greater Manchester, with close links with Manchester based organisation such as the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Made Smarter. The NAA covers a significant region, with members across the North West, Yorkshire and Humber, communicating with over 2,000 automotive companies across the North of England on a regular basis.
Observed Andy Mann, Group Editor, Business Manchester: “The NAA is a strong believer in partnership and collaborative working with both industry and the public sector, as well as working closely with organisations such as BEIS, DIT, Universities, local Councils and LEPs. This exactly matches the aspirations and vision of Business Manchester, where we work with businesses to promote their good news stories and demonstrate that Greater Manchester is a great place to live, work, relocated and do business.”
Commenting on recent developments, NAA’s Chief Executive, Rowan Egan added: “The NAA exists to support the UK automotive sector, but also works with many organisations and companies across numerous different sectors, such as aerospace, marine, chemical and software (to name but a few).
“The automotive sector has changed more in recent years than ever before, and this trend is set to continue with the introduction of AFV (alternative fuelled vehicles) and CAV (connected autonomous vehicles). These vast changes bring new opportunities for companies who have not traditionally been in the automotive supply chain.
“The push for electrification, in particular, brings significant opportunities for companies who have expertise in power electronics, electric motors and battery technology, but also for any company who can make contributions towards ‘light-weighting’, thereby making a car more efficient.
“Often these contributions are made through unique designs and creative use of materials or composites – a particular strength of the North West, which goes back to its history of working with textiles and lightweight metals. Similarly, for CAV, it is believed that technology and software companies working in sectors such as gaming, will be critical in the development of autonomous vehicles and a whole new CAV supply chain.
“The UK government has recognised these significant changes in technology, and the need to support the automotive sector in the UK, by offering a range of grant funding and support to UK companies, who wish to take on new opportunities, such as those offered by APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre), Meridian (for CAV research) and the Faraday Challenge (Battery research). At the NAA, we can help a company identify these grant funding opportunities and support the application process.
The NAA would like to speak to any companies currently operating in, or with aspirations to work in, the automotive sector. Membership ranges from £360 to £2,050, depending on the size of your company. To experience the benefits, the NAA is happy to offer any company interested in membership, a complimentary ticket to one of its monthly networking events.
The NAA is extremely proud of its reputation as the best automotive networking platform in the North. This view is reflected by Sally Hepton, Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Bentley Motors: “Promoting the North West and the wider North as a great place to invest is vitally important to the automotive sector. The NAA plays a fantastic role flying the flag for Northern automotive and supporting small, medium and large companies to prosper”.