Based in North West England, 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 the local global vehicle manufacturers, offering a diverse service using its established networks. This includes the provision of training, events, funding applications and strategic, business and technical advice.
The NAA was launched in March 2004 with support from regional government funding. From mid-2010 the funding landscape changed and the NAA became an independent company. The governance of the NAA is via a small number of directors and a large advisory board representing the local industry.
The NAA is a strong believer in partnership and collaborative working with both industry and relevant public sector organisations such as BIS, UKTI, MAS, universities, local councils and LEPs. The NAA also works with the relevant trade organisations including the SMMT, Automotive Council, EEF and SEMTA.