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    New measures announced to support the uptake of plug-in vehicles, £37 million funding package

    A £37 million funding package is set to benefit drivers with plug-in vehicles Drivers with plug-in vehicles are set to benefit from a £37 million funding package for home and on-street charging and for new charge points for people parking plug-in vehicles at railway stations. The coalition government will provide 75% of the cost of […]

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    Member Company News: ABS Quality Evaluations Receives ISO 50001 Accreditation

    ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. recently received accreditation of its ISO 50001 Energy Management System programme by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ISO 50001 provides public organisations with management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance This international standard is intended to lead organisations to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, […]

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    NAA Update: Business Excellence Funding decision; and if you’re not an NAA member, please become one!

    Please help us with data for the extension to the Business Excellence Project; latest on UK automotive production and SMMT Meet the Buyer event; become a member of the NAA Where did January go? If you are like us, it has been a really intense start to the New Year and before we blinked it […]

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    NAA Skills Update: Would you like to receive a contribution to your external training costs? If so, then participate in the NAA bid to the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot

    The government, via the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, has launched the second round of the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot. We believe a Training and Skills bid that is based upon the format of the Business Excellence model will have the flexibility required to meet the needs of our diverse group of companies […]

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    NAA Business Excellence Programme Case Study: Hylomar takes part in a European roadshow to showcase its products to car manufacturers

    Hylomar, manufacturer of sealing compounds for automotive powertrain components, took part in a mobile exhibition which toured the sites of major European car manufacturers Project Hylomar European Automotive Industry Technology Roadshow. Background Hylomar manufactures a wide range of high performance sealants and adhesives used by some of the world’s leading companies, including in the automotive […]

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    NAA Event Review: How the North West can gain maximum economic benefit from the current investment in the UK’s automotive industry

    Key points from the Automotive Sector update event for the Public Sector and NAA Business Excellence Consultants, 30 January 2013, Haydock: There is a significant immediate, but a relatively short, window of opportunity to realise the opportunities to grow the UK automotive supply chain In the UK we make 10% of the vehicles that are […]

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    Member Company News: Bentley Delivers 22% Global Growth In 2012

    Bentley Motors has announced global growth of 22% in 2012 as deliveries to customers increased to 8,510 cars (7,003 cars in 2011). This maintains Bentley’s position as the leading manufacturer of luxury vehicles in the world. Deliveries were up in every international region as Bentley increased its global sales network by 10% Commenting on the results, […]

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    Bentley Lads’ Snowdon Climb in Memory of Colleague

    A group of Bentley Motors colleagues, accompanied by wives, girlfriends, and even some pet dogs, climbed to the top of Mount Snowdon in memory of a colleague who died in July 2012 Martin Bowden, who had worked for Bentley for 32 years, and was a relation of the NAA’s Susan Butters, had a particular fondness […]

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    Member Company News: Automotive Comms launches Electric Car Guide animation

    An animation tool designed to provide a user-friendly and engaging introduction to electric vehicles has been launched by NAA member Automotive Comms and supported by the London Borough of Camden and the Energy Saving Trust. The Electric Car Guide, together with more information about the latest electric vehicles, can be viewed at The Electric […]

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    Funding Event: TSB launches Technology-inspired innovation competition for feasibility studies; Briefing event – 21 February 2013, London. Also: Technology challenge in low carbon vehicles

    The TSB has launched a £2m competition for technical feasibility studies across four key areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communications technology. There’s also the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform Integrated Delivery Programme Competition 9… Read more Technology-inspired innovation competition for feasibility studies The four key areas above have been […]

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