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CARS 2020: Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe

The European Commission has launched the CARS 2020 Action Plan, which is aimed at reinforcing the automotive industry’s competitiveness and sustainability With 12 million sector-related jobs, the automotive industry is vital for Europe’s prosperity and job creation. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy-efficient and safe vehicles globally and […]

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Funding News: Shell launches national search for next big low carbon business idea

Small enterprises looking for a “no strings attached” financial boost to aid the development of innovative, low-carbon business ideas can now apply for an award from Shell Springboard. Now in its eighth year, Shell Springboard offers businesses the chance to win up to £40,000 to help make their commercially viable ideas a reality Nine awards […]

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NAA Skills Update: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills

Dear “Angry of Automotive”. Thank you for your comments regarding the content of my skills articles in the NAA newsletter. I am sorry that you feel that I put too much emphasis on apprenticeships, however I do take exception to your description of my passion for apprenticeships as “verging on an unhealthy obsession”. To prove […]

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NAA Update: NAA Extension, more Funding opportunities, and Awards Dinner

Read Carol’s news about the NAA Extension decision, more funding opportunities, the NAA Awards dinner, and the next meeting at Electron Technical Solutions. It seems months ago since the Annual Awards Dinner at Carden Park, everyone that I spoke to was very complimentary about the event and venue and we already have offers of sponsorship […]

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NAA Business Excellence Programme Update: Astounding Support for Business Excellence Programme extension to June 2015

I am very impressed with the level of support received from our sector for the Business Excellence extension and would like to say a big thank you, On 6 November our proposal to extend the project was reviewed by the European Regional Development Performance Monitoring Sub-Committee (PMSC). This group is a regional leaders group primarily […]

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Investing in England's North West - European Regional Development Fund
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