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    NAA Update: There are lots of interesting events coming up, please ensure that these dates are in your diary

    There are lots of events coming up that you should put in your diaries, including the next Business Excellence Networking Meeting at Mini Gears, a ‘support update’ in conjunction with the SMMT, a conference about innovation at Bentley, another Business Excellence Networking Meeting at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the International Festival of Business, and […]

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    NAA Business Excellence Programme Update: If you wish to apply for project funding, ‘time is of the essence’!

    January has proven to be a very positive start to 2014 for the Business Excellence Programme with five new members (see below), taking us to a grand total of 118. Our target is to recruit 15 additional members by March from the North West region.  Therefore if you are an existing member and have suppliers […]

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    In the Driving Seat: Jon Hilton, Commercial Director, Torotrak

    It sounds like Jon Hilton should be entering one of his own cars in this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Name Jon Hilton Company Torotrak Plc Position Commercial Director Apart from that IMechE – Vice President and Honorary Treasurer Association with NAA New to the NAA – Torotrak became BE members in November and excitingly […]

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    BE NAA Member Company Profile: Torotrak

    January 9th 2014 marked a very important day for two small but highly innovative companies, over 150 miles apart. This was the day that Leyland resident Torotrak plc completed its purchase of Silverstone-based Flybrid Automotive Ltd. The purchase will expand the Torotrak Group’s capability to offer cutting-edge solutions to the automotive industry’s fuel economy problems […]

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    Joint Technology Event: A winning edge; the difference is design – an event for SMEs within OEM product supply chains, Bentley Motors, Crewe, 29 April 2014

    This event, looking at how design can drive innovation to help make supply chain companies better, stronger businesses, will include presentations such as ‘Design as a key driver of competitiveness in the automotive industry’ Business success often comes down to gaining a winning edge: that important differentiating element that helps a business stand out and […]

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    NAA Member Company Profile: FDM Digital Solutions – 3D print firm wins £860k backing

    A Burnley company which is pioneering the use of 3D printing has secured a £860,000 investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital and Lancashire’s Rosebud Fund FDM, together with its partners, has already won grants totalling almost £1m from the Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC to help them develop the supply chain. This […]

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    NAA event: Business Excellence meeting – Win a drive of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power circuit, Friday 13 June 2014 – and also win a drive of the amazing BAC Mono

    We are excited to announce that one person attending the Business Excellence meeting at this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power will be winning a completely unique opportunity to drive around the Pageant of Power circuit. Also, for those people attending the event, there will also be a draw on the day for a drive of […]

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    Automotive Comms launches all-new Green Car Guide website

    If you love cars but also hate regularly refilling your car with expensive petrol then you need to check out the all-new Green Car Guide website, at, run by NAA member Automotive Comms, and incorporating new features such as an animation entitled ‘Which car is most efficient for you?’, featuring a voiceover by Red […]

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    Industry/SMMT News: UK Car Manufacturing Hits Six-Year High

    Car production rose 3.1% in 2013 to surpass 1.5 million units – the highest volume since 2007; industry analysts predict output to reach record levels of around two million units by 2017; UK could become the third largest car manufacturer in Europe Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “2013 demonstrated the value of the UK’s […]

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    Cheshire Automotive Businesses Invited to 871 Square Miles of Investment Opportunities

    Automotive businesses across Cheshire and Warrington recently attended a high profile investment event in London, hosted by His Grace the Duke of Westminster Organised by Cheshire & Warrington Enterprise Partnership and Marketing Cheshire, the event was designed to introduce potential investors to companies in the sub-region and strengthen relationships for the future. Businesses from the […]

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